Australian Council on Children and the Media

Township - Playrix Games

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Township is a farming and town building game. Skills required include problem solving and fine motor skills.Parental guidance recommended to 14. Caution: in-app purchases, online interactivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Township was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 3 November 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Township
Developed by: Playrix Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play: General & Online Interactivity, iTunes Store: 4+; Facebook: 13+.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Township contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed up to level 10.

App description

Township is a farming and town building game. The objective is to select buildings and structures, harvest resources and further develop the town so that the population grows. The skills required to play the app include problem solving and fine motor skills.

To play this game, players are requested to allow Township to access photos, media and files on their device. If the player denies access, the app automatically closes. Players  must then  sign in via their gmail/Google+ account.

Players are firstly given a brief  tutorial with text describing that it is the player’s ‘first day taking care of Township’. It describes that Township has its own resources, helicopter pad, railway station, etc. Players are then given an overhead view of a large farming area, and are shown how to sow the wheat and feed the cows by a character named Ernie. The process of feeding the cows can take 20 minutes for milk to be produced, or this can occur immediately by spending green notes of in-game currency. When players collect these items, they are shown a ‘Level Up’ pop-up screen indicating their rewards (in the form of gold coins and green notes).

 

Players then continue in this fashion, creating and producing resources and building larger structures to help the town function (eg bakeries, feed mills, dairy factories, etc). Building these structures involves spending in-game gold coins, with more complex items costing more to build. Each building takes a different length of time to construct, but this can be sped-up by spending in-game notes. Players obtain points towards their Experience bar when they create a building or gather resources.

 

Reviewers comments

This game requires access to the player’s photos, media and files, and provides options to connect via Facebook. In game currency needs to be purchased for real money. Parental supervision for 4 – 14 year olds is therefore recommended.

The app provides opportunities to learn how towns are developed and what happens on farms.

In App purchasing

In game currency can be purchased with real money.

 

The green notes that enable players to speed-up processing times can be bought for real-life currency within the app. These can be purchased in packages of 50 notes for $2.99, 130 notes for $7.99, 280 notes for $14.99, 600 notes for $30.99, 1400 notes for $62.99, or 4000 notes for $159.99. Gold coins can be bought in packages of 146 coins for $1.49, 460 coins for $4.49, 1285 coins for $12.99, 2519 coins for $22.99, 5475 coins for $46.00, or 17520 coins for $124.99. 

Online information

There are options to connect with friends via Facebook (and obtain 5 free green notes), or to invite/search for friends if a player knows the username of another user. Players are them able to visit the towns of other players, ‘exchange gifts’ and ‘help each other’ expand their towns.

 

Gambling

None found

Advertising and product placement

None found

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None found

Coarse language

None found

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None found

Other

None found

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