Australian Council on Children and the Media

Splashy Fish - redBit Games

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Splashy Fish is a challenge game where the player must guide a fish through obstacles by tapping the screen.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Splashy Fish was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 5 April 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Splashy Fish
Developed by: redBit Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+, Google Play store: Everyone
ACCM suggested age: 5+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Splashy Fish contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Game is a challenge to swim as far as possible.

App description

Splashy Fish is a challenging game of skill, where the player must guide a fish through obstacles by tapping the screen. 

Reviewers comments

The aim of Splashy Fish is to make the fish swim as far as possible, without falling down or hitting a pillar. The player starts by tapping the screen, the underwater background then moves along and the player must keep tapping the screen to keep the fish afloat. If the player stops tapping the screen, the fish will fall down and the game will be over.

The difficult aspect of this game is trying to navigate the fish through the gaps in the pillars. As the fish swims along, pillars will appear and the player must make the fish swim either higher or lower to fit through the gap. To make the fish move higher the player must tap the screen in quick succession and to make the fish swim lower the player must tap slower. If the fish hits a pillar, the fish falls down and the game is over.

For each pillar that you successfully pass, you receive one point. The further you swim the more frequently the pillars will appear and the more difficult the game will become.

Splashy Fish can be beneficial for developing hand-eye coordination skills

In App purchasing

None found.

Online information

The game connects to OpenFeint if you are playing on an Android or Game Centre if you are playing on an Apple product.  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. 

Gambling

None found.

Advertising and product placement

There is a bar along the bottom of the screen which is playing advertisements continuously whilst you are playing the game. The advertisements in this bar are generally for companies such as Telstra, Google and Domain.com.  On the home screen there are also advertisements for the developers of other games. Also occasionally a full screen advertisement will appear, these are usually for other app games. 

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None found.

Coarse language

None found.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None found.

Other

Violence and scary material: As the fish is swimming along, one of the objects that can appear in the sand, as part of the background, is a cartoon skull.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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