Australian Council on Children and the Media

The Olympics- Official App - IOC

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The Olympics is an information based app about the 2016 Olympic Games.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of The Olympics- Official App was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 21 April 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: The Olympics- Official App
Developed by: IOC
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: General; iTunes Store: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of The Olympics- Official App contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed for approximately 1 hour.

App description

The Olympics is a news and current affairs app with the ability to track specific players and events. There is no central objective, aside from obtaining information that is desired. The skills involved in playing this app involve motor skills to utilise the functions of the app.

Reviewers comments

When the app is first opened, users are immediately taken to a newsfeed-style layout where different information about the Olympics is available. Players can look into past Olympic events, track current events and gather information on players. At the top of the page, players are able to read about results for specific games, sports, and events. There is additionally a video box near the top of the page where players can view a wide variety of Olympics 2016 clips.

There is a side menu in the top left-hand corner of the screen at all times, which allows users to navigate around the app. It provides options to see information about the 2014 Olympics, Relevant News, as well as information on the Youth Olympic Games, Sports, Athletes, Countries and a variety of other options. This menu also has a link to the official Olympic Games website. On the main page, users can see photos from different Olympic Games, ranging from 1896 to 2020. Below this is a Latest News section, where users can see the latest happenings of the International Olympic Committee in preparation for the 2016 Olympics.

When scrolling down the home page, players then encounter a section with more details about the 2016 Lillehammer Olympics in Norway. Clicking on this, players can access extensive details about the event. There is also an “Athletes Space” where players can obtain information regarding specific athletes – this must be done by visiting an external browser-based website.

Furthermore, users can find a section called Olympism in Action, where they can read about the IOC’s goal of “building a better world through sport”. In addition to this, players can find a wide variety of Olympic trivia and facts within the other sections of the app, such as The Olympic Museum, The Olympic Studies Centre, and Olympic Solidarity.

There appears to be no advertising or in-app purchasing capabilities within this app.

In App purchasing

No: No in-app purchasing information was found during this review.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during this review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The Olympics is a news and information based app for the 2016 Olympic games. There are no games to play in this app.

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