Australian Council on Children and the Media

Wriggle Free - Conlan Rios

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Wriggle Free is a puzzle game. The goal is to free a worm from a maze in as few moves as possible, by dragging its head or tail. Caution: in-app purchases and online interactivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Wriggle Free was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 December 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Wriggle Free
Developed by: Conlan Rios
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes App Store: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Parental Guidance recommended for 4 - 8 years due to in-app purchasing and online interactivity
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Wriggle Free contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The reviewer played all available puzzles of the Easy and Medium Level, as well as some Hard and Expert puzzles available in the paid version.

App description

Wriggle Free is a puzzle game. The goal is to manoeuvre a blue worm out of a maze in as few moves as possible. The way to the exit is obstructed by walls or other worms that need to be moved out of the way. Logical and strategic thinking helps finding the exit faster.

The minimum amount of moves is indicated for each puzzle, as well as previous personal records. There are different levels: Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert. In the free version, initially there are only six easy puzzles available. Upon completion of three easy puzzles, four medium puzzles become unlocked.

Reviewers comments

Solving the Wriggle Free puzzles requires focus and a degree of skill. The game encourages logical and strategic thinking, planning and remembering previous moves, and is good practice for perseverance and patience. The fact that previous personal records are saved motivates the player to do the puzzles again until the perfect strategy is found.

The app does not require internet interactivity, creating an account or providing any personal details. There is, however, the option to share achievements via Twitter, which requires an existing, or creating a new, account. While this app is suitable for young children, parental guidance and/or co-playing is recommended due to the ability to share information online and to purchase the full version.

In App purchasing

  • There are no in-app purchases as such. The user is encouraged, however, to visit the App Store to purchase the full version containing more puzzles, achievements, tips and tricks.

Online information

  • Users can tweet their progress in solving the puzzles. This requires a Twitter account.

Gambling

At 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

  • Apart from promoting the full version there is no advertisement or product placement.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • The design and game characters are gender-neutral. 

Coarse language

  • No coarse language was found during the review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • At the time of the review, the game did not require or foster any game playing behaviour that may be of concern to parents.

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