Australian Council on Children and the Media

Tetris Battle - Tetris Online

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Tetris puzzle game. Rotate falling blocks to complete rows of blocks. Caution: simulated gambling and inappropriate advertisements.

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Tetris Battle was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 May 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Tetris Battle
Developed by: Tetris Online
Platform reviewed: Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Facebook: 13+
ACCM suggested age: 18+ due to banner ads and simulated gambling content
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 Tetris Battle contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All activities completed.

App description

Tetris Battle follows in a long line of tetris puzzles, where the player rotates falling blocks (of various shapes and sizes) to complete rows of blocks. Tetris battle adds the component of competition as you play other Facebook users.

Reviewers comments

On one level this game is just a version of tetris, where you play other players in a range of competitive modes. However, in order to reach the game, the player is bombarded with content and requests, including a simulated roulette wheel, where if players visit every day, they can earn bonus energy. Further, due to the nature of the App being embedded in Facebook, players are shown banner advertisements and are encouraged to connect with other users (both in the users own social network and in the broader Facebook community). In addition, the user can watch advertisements to gain additional energy, time in the game or armour.

When playing an opponent the details of the other player appear, including a profile picture, however you cannot connect to the player's Facebook profile through this. A number of inappropriate images however, appeared as other players.

Given the nature of the advertisements and simulated gambling available, this App is not recommended for children or young adolescents.

In App purchasing

Yes: Extensively found to buy additional time in the game, points and armour

Online information

This app connects through Facebook, which requires an online profile.

Gambling

Simulated gambling was found in pre-game advertisements, including the option to spin a roulette wheel to gain additional lives.

Advertising and product placement

Banner advertising within Facebook.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Some gender stereotypes and/or sexualised images were found in advertisements playing as videos (to gain additional points) and banner advertisements within Facebook.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Simulated gambling may be of concern to parents.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

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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

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.