Australian Council on Children and the Media

Virtual Table Tennis - SenseDevilGames

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This game is a virtual version of the traditional game of table tennis. Players need good timing and depth perception abilities. Not suitable for children under 13 years due to social media connectivity, in-app purchasing and ads.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Virtual Table Tennis was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 26 April 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Virtual Table Tennis
Developed by: SenseDevilGames
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not suitable for children under 13 years due to social media connectivity, in-app purchasing and ads.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Virtual Table Tennis contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Played for several days.

App description

Virtual Table Tennis is played from a first person, 3D perspective. Play is navigated through holding your finger on the paddle and swiping in the intended direction. The power of the hit increases the faster that you swipe, and spin can also be placed on the ball with good timing.

As with the traditional game, the first player to score eleven points wins the game. Wins in the game earn the player coins – which can be used to buy accessories and new paddles, etc. Game modes include: Single and Multiplayer with both AI and real person opponents. Two people can also verse each other on the same device in real time. Due to banner ads, clip ads, connection to Facebook and in-app purchasing – this game is not recommended for children under 13 years.

Reviewers comments

Parents need to be aware of some of the features which may connect their children with other people – such as Local Multiplayer, Online Lobby and Facebook. Other features take the player right out of the app and into other applications – such as the App store or clicking on banner ads (which in one case took the reviewer to a Microsoft page with offers the player the chance to purchase Office Professional for $589 at the press of a “Buy Now” button). There is also a feature where you can watch ads to earn coins. Once you watch the ad, a box pops up asking if you want to watch another one to earn more coins.  All of these video ads were for the same game: “Toon Blast” which is similar to Candy Crush.

In App purchasing

Coins

200 Coins - $2.99

600 Coins - $7.99

2000 Coins - $24.99

4000 Coins - $46.99

8000 Coins - $89.99

30 Coins for free if you follow the game on Facebook or Twitter.

Online information

  • Connectivity with social media

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

Banner and video ads throughout.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

See Reviewer’s comments.

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