Australian Council on Children and the Media

Train Taxi - Say Games LLC

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Train Taxi is a strategy puzzle game requiring basic motor skills to guide the train around different courses to collect passengers. Content cautions are advised for in-app purchasing and excessive product placement and advertising. Not suitable under 12, parental guidance to 13.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Train Taxi was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 10 October 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Train Taxi
Developed by: Say Games LLC
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Rated 12+ for the following: Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity, Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence, Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes, Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco or Drug Use or References, Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes, Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
ACCM suggested age: Whilst the game itself does not present with mature content, the advertisement and product placement often involve sexual references, and suggestive themes that may be inappropriate for younger children. Therefore, not suitable under 12 and parental guidance to 13.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Train Taxi contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The game was played for several hours.

App description

Train Taxi is a strategy puzzle game, requiring moderate motor skills to guide the train across the tracks and pick up all its passengers. Players are to collect all the passengers to complete and move on to the next level. As levels increase, so do the number of passengers that need to be collected. The more passengers collected, the longer the train gets and players need to be careful not to crash into the tail of the train whilst guiding it around the tracks. If players crash into the train’s tail, the level will restart. Completing levels successfully wins gold coins. In some levels, keys activate a treasure chest involving 9 chests where players randomly pick one to open and can unlock new trains and extra gold coins.

Reviewers comments

The levels in Train Taxi are fun and exciting, each new track has different surroundings and extra people to collect. However, the frequent advertising and product placement is distracting. After each level is completed, an advertisement for a similar game by the same developer pops up giving a demonstration of said game, for around 40 seconds. These advertisements cannot be exited; however, they can be clicked on which will take players to the App Store to make further downloads and purchases. Some of the advertisements can be inappropriate, including implied sexual references and inappropriate content. Parents should also be aware of the in-app purchasing, which can be made to get better trains and more gold. Purchases can also be made to reduce the level of advertising during the game.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:

  • VIP membership - $9.49
  • No Ads Discount - $2.99
  • No Ads - $4.49
  • Huge Coin Pack - $1.49
  • Mega Gem Pack - $7.99

Online information

There is some online connectivity, such as:

  • If an advertisement is clicked on, players are taken straight to the App Store, or in some cases a third-party website of the developer.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content. If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

There is advertising in this game, including:

  • Advertisements for games by the same developer.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

There is some gender stereotyping in this App. For example:

  • Gender stereotyping e.g. male cheating on his wife, and wife getting angry - can be seen in advertisements during the game, however, is not a direct element of the game itself.

There are some sexual references in this App. For example:

  • Sexual references included in the product placement and advertising.

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Please see reviewer’s comments above.

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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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