Australian Council on Children and the Media

Thomas & Friends: Race On - Animoca Brands

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Thomas & Friends: Race On! Is an event based racing game inspired by the children’s TV series. Caution: In app purchasing

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Thomas & Friends: Race On was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 29 May 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Thomas & Friends: Race On
Developed by: Animoca Brands
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes Store: 4+, Play Store: General
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with supervision, 13+ due to in app purchasing
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Thomas & Friends: Race On contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed for approximately 1 hour.

App description

Thomas & Friends: Race On! Is a quick-time event racing game. The objective is to race trains around a track in either a time attack mode or a VS race mode. The skills required are reaction times, comprehension and motor skills.

Reviewers comments

When the app is first opened, players are shown a screen with three Thomas the Tank Engine characters and a Tap to Start button. In the bottom right hand corner, users can select and read the privacy policy of the app. When the player taps the screen, they are taken to a tutorial section where they are taken through the basic control scheme. Players are shown that they can select various trains and play either alone, or with their friends locally through split-screen. Races are played by tapping the screen as quickly as possible and sliding a finger across the screen during quick-time events. As players progress through the missions, they unlock other trains. Some of the areas and trains can only be unlocked through in-app purchasing.

When the player attempts to open the shop, they are presented with a basic mathematical equation. Entering this correctly allows the player to purchase in-app content packs either individually or as bundle packs. Single in game trains cost $2.99, with new unlockable maps costing $9.99 per map. A bundle pack of 5 trains costs $9.99 and a bundle pack of all the in-game content costs $22.99.

In App purchasing

Yes: Single in game trains cost $2.99, with new unlockable maps costing $9.99 per map. A bundle pack of 5 trains costs $9.99, and a bundle pack of all the in-game content costs $22.99.

Gambling

No simulated gambling content was found during this review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during this review.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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