07 April 2021
Gaming apps with adult themes you should know about
Games have always been used by young people as a way to relax, get creative and compete against friends. However, not all games available online are targeted at under 18s, but their graphics and game play might feel like they are which can make them more appealing to children. Recently we’ve come across a few cartoon games containing adult themes that we think you should know about. Here’s our advice.
Official age rating – 17+
Cunch-line chronicles is a mobile game which is a similar style to Mario Kart, where you run through obstacles collecting various items while being chased by a Police Officer.
The game contains adult themes that aren’t suitable for children, including references to drugs and criminal activity. ‘Cunch’ is a slang word used for ‘Country lines’ which is the term used to describe transporting drugs from urban areas to more remote locations.
The game also has in-app purchases that players are encouraged to buy to help them progress further in the game. We also came across lots of ads for games that promote gambling which are not be suitable for under 18s.
We wouldn’t recommend this game for anyone under the age of 18.
Official age rating – 4+
Project Makeover is a puzzle game where you’re set different tasks to makeover a client’s physical appearance and home. To complete the makeover, you must play a candy-crush style game and win gems to gain access to beauty tools, clothes and interior choices.
The game has in-app purchases where players can buy access to new features and tools to help them complete the makeover quicker.
The game also promotes specific beauty ideals and the idea that there is a correlation between what you look like and being happy. Some of the tasks included paying to remove the client’s glasses and getting rid of body hair. While research is still ongoing about the effect apps like this can have on young people, it could cause them to have self-esteem issues and imply that they need to conform to certain beauty standards in order to be accepted.
Because of the themes in this you should explore this game yourself before you let your child use it. We don’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 13.
Official age rating – 12 +
Hello Neighbour is horror game where you break into a neighbour’s house to investigate their suspicious behaviour. You must perform various tasks and gain access to the basement without being caught. It is rated 12+.
The game contains horror and violent themes include strangulation and imprisonment, which younger children might find scary. We wouldn’t recommend this game for under 16s.
Official age rating – 9+
Gacha Life is a role-play game where you can create and dress anime style characters. You can also join scenes and chat with other players and play games as your character.
The game is rated 9+ on the Apple App and Google Play store. You should be aware that is has an in-app chat features and in-game purchases available. Make sure to talk to your child about what they’re sharing on the app and who they’re talking to. Remind them that conversation should only be about the game and they shouldn’t share any personal information.
Be aware, there are some sexual themes in the game, with some of the characters displaying outfits and poses that might not be appropriate for young people.
Top tips to help you manage what games your child plays online
1. Download and explore the game before you let your child play it. This way you can see if it features any adult themes that you don’t want them to see.
2. Speak to other parents and carers about the games their kids are using and ask if they have concerns.
3. Check out our Net Aware reviews to find age-appropriate games.
4. Get clued up on how games are rated by reading our advice on Age and Content ratings. Many official ratings only cover the actual content of the game and not whether it poses a contact risk so it’s important to check the game out before you let your child play on it.
5. Have regular conversations with your child about the different games they’re playing. You could try hosting a family games night where you compete against each other to win a prize. Take it in turns to choose the game, get to know the different features and set some rules around when they can play.