Australian Council on Children and the Media

Super Hero Fight Club - Incuvo SA

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Super Hero Fight Club is an arena - fight to the death style game. Players need good co-ordination and timing to play. Caution: gambling elements – not suitable for children under 18.

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Super Hero Fight Club was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 23 August 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Super Hero Fight Club
Developed by: Incuvo SA
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Rated 12+ for Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children under 18 due to gambling elements.
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 Super Hero Fight Club contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The game was played for several hours.

App description

This fighting game places the player in an arena style room where they must defeat the other player by flying around and using assorted weapons. Each new room has different conditions in which to defeat the other player, and each new game provides different avatars with varying weapons and abilities. Movement is achieved by holding the left and right buttons in co-ordination to either fly left, right or straight. Weapons activate automatically. The aim of the game is to defeat the opponent using that level’s goal (e.g. survive longer than 14 seconds, etc.). Wins earn the player gold coins and “play symbols” (or right pointing arrows), which can be used to buy things such as new players and rooms. Players can either verse the computer or other real players.

Reviewers comments

Parents may be concerned with a couple of the game’s main features. Firstly, there is a “lottery” feature (it’s actually named that), where players can use their virtual coins to spin for a prize. Each spin does obtain a prize, however some prizes are common and others are rare. As players can purchase virtual coins with real money, this represents a gambling activity where players spend money on chance – and may not get the rare feature that they were hoping for. The coins are also referred to as “Likes” in the game and resemble a “Like” symbol from Facebook. Too many spins in a short amount of time will result in loss of “Likes” until you cannot spin anymore. Free spins do accumulate over time, but many children may be inclined to purchase more “Likes” (coins) as obtaining “Likes” has become to be perceived as advantageous across many social media platforms. This game also includes alot of ads. Some which pop up without notice and others which you can watch to earn benefits. Many of these ads were for poker and gambling games.

In App purchasing

“Likes” (coins)

100 = Free if you watch an ad

4,000 = $1.49

12,000 = $4.49

23,000 = $7.99

50,000 = $14.99

80,000 = $22.99

160,000 = $41.99

Gambling

As noted above, there is a lottery spinner where players could lose real money by not getting the spin that they wanted and hence encourage buying more and spinning more.

Advertising and product placement

Many random ads for other games and earning benefits if you watch them.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language

None of concern.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

See reviewer’s comments.

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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

Content is not age appropriate for children this age

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

About games and gambling

Most games contain elements of risk, chance and knowledge, that is why they are fun to play. There is growing concern about the impacts of simulated gambling games on the health and wellbeing of children. That's why we are identifying games that contain gambling elements on our site.

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