Australian Council on Children and the Media

Star Walk - Vito Technology Inc

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sky, astromony and astronomical exploration app.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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

About the app

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

Name of app: Star Walk
Developed by: Vito Technology Inc
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: Google; low maturity. iTunes: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 5+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Star Walk contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All levels reviewed.

App description

This App allows the user to explore the sky and astronomical features (eg phases of the moon) simply by holding their phone to the sky. The App works both at night time and day time.

Reviewers comments

Versions of the App have been available since 2008. Now available on most tablet platforms, this tool is a great way of connecting beyond the screen. Using GPS data the App can pinpoint your place in the world and show the stars, planets and even satellites in your sky at that time. Clicking on objects gives more detail and further information. The picture of the day feature (in the gallery) allows the user to view an amazing image of space, often captured by unique camera views such as the Hubble telescope. The live sky and gallery tools allow the user to look ahead at astronomical events and items such as phases of the moon, sunrise etc. The search tool is also useful and allows the user to search for specific stars, satellites and constellations.

When using the app with young children assistance may be required, particularly in reading text. As a tool however, its simple interface and unique ability to open up the world to outerspace makes it valuable for all interested in astronomy.

In App purchasing

No

Online information

There is the option to link the images from this app to social media which may concern some parents.

Gambling

No gambling content found.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

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

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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