Australian Council on Children and the Media

Steppy Pants - Super Entertainment

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Steppy pants is a 2.5 dimensional walking simulation game. Caution:in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising, simulated gambling

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Steppy Pants was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 16 June 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Steppy Pants
Developed by: Super Entertainment
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes Store: 9+
Gambling content advice: Simulated casino style gambling. Player is risking money or something of value on an outcome of an event involving chance when the probability of winning or losing is less than certain. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Steppy Pants contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed for approx. 40 minutes.

App description

Steppy Pants is a 2.5 dimensional walking simulation app. The objective is to walk down a straight path, collecting coins and avoiding cracks in the path. The skills required are planning, comprehension and motor skills.

Reviewers comments

When the app is first opened, the player is shown a street with the instruction “tap anywhere to step.” The player can tap and hold the screen to make the in-game character take longer steps along the path. If the character steps on a crack, or holds the button for too long and steps too far, the game ends. When the game ends, the player is presented with a flashing “Special Delivery” sign. Tapping this shows a bouncing present on the screen, that when tapped, unlocks a prize for the player. When the player has a certain number of coins, another flashing sign appears, which says “Win a Prize”. Tapping this takes the player to a stylised slot machine. The player can spend 100 in-game tokens to use the slot machine once. The player has a random chance of winning certain prizes. After finishing the game, sometimes the player is offered a flashing “Earn a Prize” button. This shows the player an advertisement video (often seemingly for casino apps) and then rewards the player with 20 in-game currency.

Within the app is a section where the player can purchase additional clothing items for their character. These cost real money and range in price from $1.49 for a single piece, to $4.49 for a full 3 piece character costume. Some of the in-game character costumes are visually frightening, such as the zombie and skeleton costume.

In App purchasing

Yes: The player can purchase additional clothing items for their character. These cost real money, and range in price from $1.49 for a single piece, to $4.49 for a full 3 piece character costume.

Online information

The app has an online leaderboard but players are unable to communicate with one another.

Gambling

There is a section within the app where players can use a slot machine, betting their earned in-game currency to receive random prizes. There are numerous ads for online casino apps within the levels of this app. Many of them are videos, and must be manually closed before the player can proceed.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This app contains a slot machine which allows players to use in-game currency to win random prizes.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.