Australian Council on Children and the Media

Stick Soccer - Stick Sports Ltd

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Stick Soccer is a game that focuses only on the scoring aspect of the game requiring players to swipe through the ball to score goals. Not recommended for children under 13 years due to in-app purchasing and social media connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Stick Soccer was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 22 March 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Stick Soccer
Developed by: Stick Sports Ltd
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended for children under 13 years due to in-app purchasing and social media connectivity.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Stick Soccer contains the following information:

App description

A soccer scoring game where players have a static view of the goal, including a goal keeper and some defenders. Players simply swipe through the ball as it repeatedly passes before them.

The game starts by requiring the player to log in or sign in anonymously with a warning of the disadvantages of not providing identity details by logging in fully. There are three potential play modes – fan challenge, world domination and time attack. There is no actual soccer played - it is simply a series of shots on goal and no other players move besides the goalkeeper. Game play is time-based, and players have two rounds of 45 seconds to score as many goals as possible. The opposing team has the same opportunity to score, however this occurs off-screen and players are simply presented with this score on the scoreboard, with the team with the highest score winning the game.

Reviewers comments

Players can develop their fine motor skills by swiping the ball from different directions and with a curve to attempt to score. Winning the game by scoring more goals than the opponent completes the level and unlocks a new, harder one against a different nation. Whilst the first few levels are relatively easy, the game rapidly requires improved accuracy from further away from the goal.

Only one pair of soccer boots is provided free, the clear intention of the game being to purchase the additional boots. Additional boots offer more control, access more opponents and more game utility but players must be logged in fully to purchase these. Online connectivity is a concern as players are encouraged to play online against friends or other people through social media. Game utility is limited without fully logging in.

In App purchasing

Only one pair of soccer boots is provided and an improved score ability, access to more teams etc. can be purchased by buying more boots, with increasing price points.

Online information

  • Identity details
  • Log ins
  • Other: receive data from the internet.
  • Connectivity with social media

Although you can log in anonymously, the anonymous version does not unlock access to all game utility and does not allow players to back up their progress or purchase boots.

Gambling

At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

Both apps by the same developer and other games are advertised by clicking on the “more games” section.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language

None noted.

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