Android Warning: Google Play Store is full of violent 18+ games marketed as kid-friendly

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Parents should take extra care with what their kids are downloaded on the Google Play Store.

Young kids can download games packed with “shooting, stabbing, gore, and microtransaction gambling”, according to Wired.

Recently these free-to-play apps have been listed as kid-friendly, and even show up when parents turn on printing controls.

One example of a game easily accessible to kids is Mad Max Zombies, a first-person shooter filled with gore and zombies.

The images don’t show anything of the sort, and it claimed to have a PEGI 3 rating.

After Wired revealed this the game disappeared and came back with a PEGI 12 rating.

But unfortunately there are many apps which have the wrong age rating, and it’s down to the developers.

The developers of the games will out their ratings in a questionnaire distributed by the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC).

They are then supposed to check the titles against the rating system.

A spokesman from IARCH told Wired: “With the high volume of published games and apps participating rating authorities are not able to monitor every single release.”

Therefore the group focuses on the games which are the most downloaded.

And Wired did note that most of the adult games with kid-friendly ratings had comparatively small install counts, but some of them still had hundreds of thousands of downloads.

On the other side, Apple’s App Store review the apps before accepting the rating.

Apple has a strict age rating policy on all apps, in contrast to Google.

This is different to the Google Play Store, which is “100% based on the honour system”, said Baciou Ciprian, head of Bearded Giant Games.

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