Australian Council on Children and the Media

Talking Tom Gold Run - Outfit7 Limited

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This game is a continuous runner game. Good reaction time skills required. Not suitable 8 and under; parental guidance 9-12 due to advertising, in-app purchasing and gambling-like elements.

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Talking Tom Gold Run was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 17 April 2020.

About the app

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

Name of app: Talking Tom Gold Run
Developed by: Outfit7 Limited
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children 8 and under; parental guidance recommended for ages 9-12 due to advertising, in-app purchasing and gambling-like elements.
Gambling content advice: Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Talking Tom Gold Run contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played for several hours.

App description

In Talking Tom Gold Run, players need to navigate Tom the Cat through a continuous 3D road full of obstacles. Tom runs automatically into the screen and players need to swipe in the respective direction to go left, right, jump (up) or roll (down). Tom collects gold bars along the road, left by the character in front – which Tom is chasing. Gold bars are used in between levels to upgrade Tom’s house and pool. The aim of the game is to keep running as long as possible, collecting bars and avoiding being hit by an on-road obstacle.

Reviewers comments

The game’s characters are very cute looking and are likely to appeal to a younger audience (2 – 6). However, it is recommended that parents exercise some caution with some elements of this game. There is saturated advertising – with a constant banner ad, rewards for watching 30 second ads and 30 – 45 second ads appear constantly between screen transitions. Most of these ads are for other game apps. There’s a section where the player must select to break into a safe using a circular saw to get rewards. There’s also a spin wheel feature (accessed by pressing a treasure chest on the main screen). Whilst players don’t need to risk losing currency in this feature, the wheel closely resembles wheels used for gambling (e.g., has a Jackpot and other rewards for every spin). Furthermore, more spins can be earned by watching more ads. It is expected that most parents wouldn’t have many concerns about the main game itself (running with Tom), it’s the above features that may be concerning.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:

  • Pack of dynamite $0.99
  • Batch of dynamite $1.99
  • Pile of dynamite $4.99
  • Box of dynamite $9.99
  • Crate of dynamite $29.99
  • Truck of dynamite $99.99
  • Small diamond pack $4.99
  • Medium diamond pack $9.99
  • Large diamond pack $19.99
  • Starter pack $9.99

Online information

There is some online connectivity, such as:

  • There are many opportunities to click on ads which will take you out of the game.

Gambling

There are some gambling elements in this game, for example:

  • As noted above, there is no risk for reward. However, the spin wheel has elements very similar to wheels used in gambling.

Advertising and product placement

There is advertising in this game, including:

  • Constant banner ads.
  • Many 30-45 second clip ads for other game apps.

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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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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