Stack - Ketchapp
Stack is a reflex-based gaming app.
No gambling content found in the levels played
This review of Stack was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 3 April 2016.
About the app
This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.
|Name of app:||Stack|
|Platform reviewed:||Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook|
|ACCM suggested age:||8+ for in-app purchases.|
|Gambling content advice:||No gambling content found in the levels played|
This review of Stack contains the following information:
- The level to which the game was reviewed
- App description
- Reviewers comments
- In App purchasing
- Online information
- Advertising and product placement
- Gender stereo types and sexual references
- Coarse language
- Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents
This app was reviewed for approximately 1 hour.
Stack is a reflex-based gaming app. The central objective is to tap the screen at the right moment to ensure that each individual layer that passes over the stack attaches correctly, and increases the height of the stack. The skills involved in playing this app include motor skills and good timing.
When the app is first installed, players are asked to sign in via a Google Play account. Once this is done, a pop-up advertisement appears for an additional gaming app made by the same developer (‘Twist’ by Ketchapp). The ad is a full-screen static ad which must be manually closed. After this, players are taken to the home page of Stack – there is a large Play icon in the centre, as well as other options listed along the bottom of the screen. These include unlockable visual designs, a link to the Google Play Store page for the app itself, an option to turn the volume on or off, as well as a leaderboard of scores for individuals and the people in their Google Circle. Players are given the option of inviting friends, to ‘Tell others about this game and compare scores when they play’.
Upon clicking the Play button, players are taken to a blue screen where flat square blocks begin floating in diagonally from the top left and right corners. There is a central tower in the middle, and as each flat block floats over the top of the tower, players must tap on it at the correct time – if players are able to tap at the exact moment where the floating block overlays the tower, it will attach itself to the top. If part of the floating block bypasses the tower in any way, the portions of overhanging blocks will be cut off and the surface of the tower becomes smaller. New floating blocks continue to slide in at the same pace, and the goal is to ensure that the tower stays as large as possible. If a floating block slides completely over the tower without players tapping on it to secure it, the level is over and players must start again. On the screen which appears when players run out of blocks (signalling that they must restart from the beginning), they are given the option to like the game via Facebook, make an in-app purchase to remove all advertisements (costing $2.63), to share their score via social media, or to view the leaderboard tables.
When players do well they receive in-game ‘diamonds’. They are also frequently given the opportunity to automatically receive 20 gold diamonds by watching a video advertisement. These are full-screen ads that cannot be closed until they have played to completion and include games such as Naughty Monster Store. These gold diamonds are used to unlock different visual designs (e.g. instead of a plain stack, a Maze can be unlocked with 200 diamonds).
The app contains banner advertisements between levels that are situated along the bottom of the screen. These cannot be removed without making an in-app payment, and provide advertisements for things such as websites (e.g. Rolypolykids.com, Accenture.com), etc.
Players are able to make an in-app purchase to remove all advertisements (costing $2.63).
In order to play the game, players must sign in via a Google Play account. Additionally, there is a leader board of scores for individuals and the people in their Google Circle. Players are also given the option of inviting friends and to ‘Tell others about this game and compare scores when they play’. Furthermore, players can share their high scores with others via Facebook.
No gambling content found during this review.
The app contains pop-up advertisements for additional gaming apps made by the same developer (e.g. ‘Twist’ by Ketchapp). These ads are full-screen static ad which must be manually closed. Players are also frequently given the opportunity to automatically receive 20 gold diamonds by watching a video advertisement. These are full-screen ads that cannot be closed until they have played to completion and include games such as Naughty Monster Store.
The app also contains banner advertisements between levels that are situated along the bottom of the screen. These cannot be removed without making an in-app payment and provide advertisements for things such as websites (e.g. Rolypolykids.com, Accenture.com), etc.
No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during this review.
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No gambling content found in the levels played