Australian Council on Children and the Media

Stickman Hook - MADBOX

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Stickman Hook is an endless platform game. Players will benefit from having good timing skills. Not suitable for children 8 and under, parental guidance for children 9 – 15 for saturated advertising.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Stickman Hook was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 31 May 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Stickman Hook
Developed by: MADBOX
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Rated 12+ for Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour.
ACCM suggested age: PG 9 - 15 for saturated advertising.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Stickman Hook contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played to level 821.

App description

This skills-based game requires players to navigate their character through an obstacle course by swinging from point to point (like a monkey) using an extendable rope. This is achieved by simply pressing anywhere on the screen to attach your rope to a point, and then letting go to release. Whilst unattached to a point, the character turns into a ball – which can bounce on flat surfaces – and then back to the character whilst swinging. The aim is to get to the checkpoint without falling out of the playing field. There is also a multi-player mode, where you verse a group of 5 other players in a race to the finish line. 

Reviewers comments

There are no concerns with the game itself – there is no social media connectivity or in-app purchasing (other than paying to remove the ads). Having said that, there are a lot of ads in this game; the 20 – 30 second ones which can’t be “X’ed” out of. They appear very frequently between screen transitions and mostly show ads for other apps and games. You can also watch these ads to unlock different characters.

In App purchasing

You can purchase "no ads" for $2.99. 

Online information

There is no online information required to play this game.

Gambling

At the 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

There is advertising in this game, including:

  • Many 20 – 30 second clip ads for other games.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted. 

Coarse language

None noted. 

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Please see reviewer’s comments above.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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