Australian Council on Children and the Media

Smart Cubes: Farm - Kindermaica Ltd

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This is is a three dimensional puzzle game. Caution: In app purchases and advertising content

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Smart Cubes: Farm was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 29 April 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Smart Cubes: Farm
Developed by: Kindermaica Ltd
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: General
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with supervision; 15+ due to in- app purchases and advertising content
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Smart Cubes: Farm contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This game was reviewed for 3 levels.

App description

Smart cubes: farm is a three dimensional puzzle game.  The aim of the game is to manipulate the cube pieces to make a picture of a farm animal.  The 3D puzzle pieces can be moved by swiping the puzzle pieces in all 4 directions and also tapping the cube pieces in a clockwise direction until matched.  Rewards or points are given depending on the difficulty of the level accomplished and the speed in which the game is completed.  A combination of good fine motor skills and spatial awareness skills is required to play this game.

Reviewers comments

When the app is first opened a player has the option of choosing a Gamer ID or they can skip this option.   Next, a player is given the choice of three different puzzle levels: a 3x2, 6x4 or 9x6 piece three dimensional puzzle board.  A player matches the puzzle pieces by either swiping or tapping the three dimensional pictured puzzle pieces until the puzzle is completed.  A good level of spatial awareness and fine motor skills are required to achieve success.  Points (stars) are given according to the speed the puzzle is completed in, the difficulty of the puzzle chosen and when 6 boards are completed in a row.  A timing device is used to record the time taken for a puzzle to be completed.  This is displayed on the game screen.  Reward points (stars) can be used to unlock a range of different farm animal puzzle boards and to give hints towards completing the game if needed.  Rewards points can also be attained when choosing to watch advertising material instead of playing the app.  During the game a player can choose to listen to the background music of nature calls or to mute the sound.  Players have the option of in-house purchasing to block advertising material or to purchase rewards (stars), consequently having a greater option of puzzle boards to play from.

In App purchasing

Yes: The game contains an in app purchase store where rewards (stars) can be purchased; 2000 stars $1.04, 5000 stars $2.08 and ads can be turned off for $2.08.

Online information

A player is encouraged to share information only if a Gamer ID is selected.  Facebook friends are not mentioned.

Gambling

No simulated gambling content was found within this game during the review, however simulated gambling content was shown in ads.

Advertising and product placement

Whilst playing the app, a player is exposed to a range of advertising material regarding other apps.  During this review, some of the apps advertised contained inappropriate material, not suitable for young children, including violence, gambling, gender stereotypes and/or inappropriate themes.  An option to turn off advertising material can be selected through an in-app purchase of $2.08

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during this review.

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