Australian Council on Children and the Media

Star Chart - Escapist Games Limited

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An app to assist in exploring the night sky.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Star Chart was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 May 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Star Chart
Developed by: Escapist Games Limited
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google: low maturity. iTunes: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 6+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Star Chart contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All levels reviewed.

App description

This App uses location services to identify the area you are in and then presents a map of the night sky in your area. Users can tap on stars and planets on their screen to obtain additional information.

Reviewers comments

This App is not a game but is essentially a map of the night sky. By using the tablet’s location services (or using settings to set location services) the user’s map is specific to the location that they are in. Clicking on details (eg planets, constellations etc) the user can obtain additional information.

In App purchases enable the user to obtain further details including information on meteor showers, satellites and comets. Additional information (referred to in this App as an “upgrade”) is also available for the extended solar system, which includes details on dwarf planets and planetary moons.

Users should note that this App is a static map of your location and changing location may require the user to re-set their location to enable an accurate map of the night sky in their present location.

In App purchasing

Yes: Links to additional resources are available in the App. Here they are referred to as “Upgrades” and include additional details of meteor showers, comets, extended solar system (including dwarf planets and planetary moons) and Satellites.

Gambling

No gambling content found during the review.

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 the review.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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