Australian Council on Children and the Media

Slugterra: Slug it Out! - Nerd Corps Entertainment

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An action puzzle game.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Slugterra: Slug it Out! was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 7 May 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Slugterra: Slug it Out!
Developed by: Nerd Corps Entertainment
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 9+
ACCM suggested age: 10+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Slugterra: Slug it Out! contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All the levels

App description

Slugterra: Slug it Out is a match-the-tile puzzle game based on the television series Slugterra. The player powers their slugs by quickly matching tiles. Once their slugs have reached full power, the player fires them through a blaster to defeat evil villains.

Reviewers comments

The player begins ‘Slug it Out’ as the character Eli Shane who is an underdog in the world of slug-slinging. The main mode of this game is the story mode which has seven different levels and begins with a training level. There are three different modes in the game; they are story mode, challenge mode and multiplayer mode (for more information on multiplayer mode see the Online Information section). In challenge mode the player is tested to see how many opponents they can defeat in a minute and thirty seconds.

In each level of the story mode the player must defeat various bad guys, in order to eventually reach and defeat Dr. Blakk. To defeat these characters, the player must win a slug slinging battle. To defeat the opponents the player is armed with a regular blaster shot and four different slugs, each with unique powers. The player is shown a grid with six different types of tiles. To charge the slugs, the player must find and match together three or more identical tiles. The faster the player matches the tiles the more powerful their slugs become. Once the slug is charged, the player taps it to blast the opponent with their slug. The player can also match health tiles which increases their health level. These actions are repeated until either the player or the opponent loses all their health and is defeated.

This game can help children develop their memory skills and strategic abilities. It can also help develop multi-tasking skills as the player must focus on the tile matching game as well as the opponent’s game, to try and pre-empt their moves.

In App purchasing

The player can buy coins for real money. Coins vary from 5,000 coins for $1.99 to 100,000 coins for $9.99. The player can use coins to buy power or unlock different slugs.

Online information

The game connects to OpenFeint if you are playing on an Android or Game Centre if you are playing on an Apple device.  These platforms are online communities where you can share your scores and connect to your Facebook page. However, you can choose to restrict OpenFeint or Game Centre on your device.  In the multiplayer mode of this game these online communities also allow you to play against friends or be auto matched against another player who is online.

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

There is some product placement and advertisements in this app for the television show ‘Slugterra’. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

There are elements of the character, Eli Shane, taking revenge on the bad guys. This may influence revenge seeking behaviours in children.

Other

Violence and Scary Material: The aim of the game is for the player to shoot slugs out of a blaster at an opponent, in order to defeat that opponent. Because of this the game has some elements of violence, however it is not graphic. In story mode, the opponents often threaten the player with one-liner, such as “I am your worst nightmare”. When the player is defeated the screen turns red and begins to shake. These aspects of the game may be scary to some children. Some of the powers which the slugs produce can be violent, for example, releasing noxious gasses which momentarily debilitate the opponent.

Public Reviews

ACCM

20/1/2015

Warning advertising content of in app ads may not be appropriate for young players. We’ve had feedback from a concerned parent that an in game ad for Criminal Case was shown for several seconds which shows graphic details of a dead man in a bloodied bath with a blood covered saw. This ad could not be skipped.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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