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.
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.
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|
|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|
This review of Talking Tom Gold Run contains the following information:
Played for several hours.
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.
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.
There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:
There is some online connectivity, such as:
There are some gambling elements in this game, for example:
There is advertising in this game, including:
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