Tiny Zoo Friends

App review by Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Run-of-the-mill zoo sim puts heavy emphasis on purchases.

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 18+

Tiny Zoo Friends - Deceit By Design?

Tiny Zoo Friends charged us 18 times for in-app purchases we did not authorize. My wife and I authorized (entered our password to approve of) two in-app purchases of "zoo bucks", for a total of $6. To my surprise we were billed for twenty purchases, for over $70. I am still mystified as to how we were billed for purchases we did not authorize. Apple, to its great credit, has promptly given us a full refund (even refunding us for the purchases that we DID authorize - an unexpectedly generous resolution to our plea for help). In researching this program after the fact we ran across one family whose daughter ran up $1300 of in-app purchases over the weekend - Yikes! I do not object to the business model, and fully support in-app purchases as a way to pay developers for their work, BUT there is seemingly some quirk in the design of this program, whether done by the publisher intentionally or by accident, which allows children to merrily purchase away - ringing up the bill for potentially scary amounts of real-world cash. We have deleted this program, and will avoid (run away from!) any other apps by the publisher, TinyCo.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
age 18+

This company are a bunch of crooks!!!

Be careful of games from TinyCo. They advertise that their games are FREE but they allow kids to buy stuff once inside the game. My son had $187 in charges for playing the game for one day!!

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