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The educators manually review thousands of mobile apps available in the Google Play & Apple App Stores as well as connected TV (CTV) apps from the Roku Channel Store and Amazon Fire TV App Store using the COPPA Rule factors shown below & make those results available to the public at ratings.pixalate.com.
This post takes a look at a popular game (1 million+ downloads) from the Google Play and Apple App Stores. Our reviewer discusses how the subjective factors set forth in the COPPA Rule apply to the app and factor into the reviewer's determination as to whether the app is child-directed or general audience (i.e., it is not targeting children).
Manually reviewed in this post
The 10 COPPA Rule factors
The teacher will indicate the factors they relied upon in their assessment using the 10 factors shown below that reflect the 10 child-directed factors in the COPPA Rule.
Reviewed by: Crystal Pearson
Manual Review: Catch Tiles Magic Piano Game
Likely audience after manual review
- Developer: WingsMob
- Bundle ID: com.wingsmob.bluepiano
- Crystal’s Take: Fun entertaining music game that is challenging, as you try to complete the song while tapping the tile. Easy to play while listening to your favorite songs.
COPPA factors used to determine audience
The gameplay screenshots for Catch Tiles Magic Piano Game have visual content and subject matter that is directed to a mixed audience. The piano keys in the game have an animation that includes images of animals, people, and other imagery that would appeal to children and adults. The description in the “about this game" section of the Play Store explains that the user can “try to complete magic songs while catching the tiles of the magic piano".
The purpose is to tap the black tiles and enjoy the music. You lose if you miss the black tile and tap on a white one. The app store description says, “Challenge your hand speed limit". The incentive structure of the game is daily rewards and a lucky wheel.
During gameplay, if you miss a black tile, game ads pop up and automatically play. The ads are child-directed with a mixed audience.
This game has an Everyone E rating in the Google Play store. I saw evidence of adults and children using the app based on the user reviews in the Google Play Store. One review from August 2022 stated, “...I love this app bc I know how to beat endless mode even though I am still a child, download this app and you guys will love it because my school is music.” The review was from a child, although there was no specification of their age.
Screenshots of Catch Tiles Magic Piano Game:
About Pixalate’s Trust & Safety Advisory Board
Pixalate’s Trust and Safety Advisory Board was created to bring in individuals with experience using child-directed apps in the classroom to review and assess which apps are child-directed. This manual review process serves to quality check Pixalate’s automated review process. See our full methodology for more information.
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