Australian Council on Children and the Media

The Tribez - Game Insight

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This is an adventure game set in the distant past. Players create a tribe by building huts and planting vegetables for food.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of The Tribez was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 6 April 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: The Tribez
Developed by: Game Insight
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes 4+, Facebook 13+
ACCM suggested age: 6+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of The Tribez contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

1-4

App description

This is an adventure game where the player is sent to a primitive past to set up a tribe of people as their chief. The object of the game is to expand the tribe while learning how to balance the needs of supply and demand.

Reviewers comments

The player is initially sent through a portal in time to a distant past with instructions to discover how the primitive people lived. The player is instructed by a female how to build huts, clear spaces, plant crops for food and chop down trees for wood. Once these skills are learned the player is deemed fit to become chief and given the task of expanding the tribe. 

In App purchasing

Yes: There are many opportunities to purchase items during the game such as magic totems for $10.49 USD; gems cost $1.00 for 20 and up to $109.99 for 1000; a festive cauldron is offered at a special price of $2.99

Online information

The App receives a player’s basic info when the game is played on Facebook.

Gambling

None found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

Adverts appear in the Facebook version of the game for other game apps, products and dating services.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Stereotypical images are used.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The opportunity to buy items in the game is of concern and children might feel unable to play if they can’t buy certain items.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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