Australian Council on Children and the Media

Golf Battle - Mini Clip

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This app is a 3D mini-golf game. Good spatial judgement and timing needed to play. Caution: Gambling elements and social media connectivity. Not suitable for children 15 and under, Parental Guidance 16 – 17.

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Golf Battle was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 28 February 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Golf Battle
Developed by: Mini Clip
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended under 16, PG to 17 for gambling elements and social media connectivity.
Gambling content advice: Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Golf Battle contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Our Reviewer played to level 11.

App description

Golf Battle allows players to compete against each other at mini-golf in real time. Putting is achieved by pressing on the ball, swipe left or right for aim, pull back and release for strength of hit. There are 2 modes; Classic – where least amount of shots to the hole wins and; Rush – where number of shots are unlimited, but it’s the first into the hole that wins. Players can choose different courses and each course is pay to play (e.g.; to play the Rocky Mountains course in Classic mode, it costs $225 virtual coins). The winner out of 6 players wins the top prize (e.g.; $500 virtual coins) and those in 2nd and 3rd place receive reduced prizes. There is also a “Lucky Shot” feature which can be played for free every 24 hours (or players can purchase 3 Shots for $2.99), which grants varying prizes depending on how close you get to the hole with one shot.

Reviewers comments

The 'Lucky Shot' mode in this game is very much a gambling style feature. As noted above, you can play once for free every 24 hours. However, with only one shot, it is very frustrating getting very close to a prize (and not being able to have any more shots which you’d usually be able to in other game modes). This may cause some players to purchase more virtual coins with real money to play further. With no guarantee that you’ll get into a prize zone, players are spending money for a risk and may not get anything at all. The other game modes are also very similar. Although the game starts you off with free virtual coins, enough losses will see the player locked out of playing the game altogether (or until free rewards are given over time). Hence, players may purchase more coins with real money. As you need to pay to play (and prizes are only rewarded for higher position winners) losing in the game may mean losing your real money.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game, for example:

  • Golden Lucky Shot $3.49
  • A Bunch Of Coins $3.49
  • A Bunch Of Gems $3.49
  • Starter Pack $8.99
  • A Bag Of Gems $16.99
  • A Pile Of Gems $8.99
  • A Pile Of Coins $8.99
  • A Locker Of Coins $34.99
  • Lucky Deal $25.99
  • A Bag Of Coins 16.99

Online information

There is some online connectivity in this game. For example:

  • Players can connect to Facebook and WhatsApp

Gambling

This game contains gambling elements. For example:

  • The “Lucky Shot” feature. See reviewer’s comments above.

Advertising and product placement

  • None noted

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None noted

Coarse language

  • None noted

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • Please see reviewer’s comments.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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