What is the Gacha Life?
It is a role-playing game that allows users to create and customise anime-styled characters choosing from a choice of outfits to wear, and their appearance like their hair, eyes, etc. Users can choose and play from 8 mini-games, create skits in Studio Mode, create scenes, and chat with other players. The app also features in-app purchases such as ‘gems’ which can be bought starting from £1.99.
The word ‘Gacha’ comes from Japanese toy machines and video games, a mechanic where characters are unlocked through monetisation, points collection, or virtual currency methods.
Is it safe for children?
The Gacha app has been given an age-rating of 9+ on the App Store and Google Play Store. Parent’s may need to be aware of the chat feature and the access to in-app purchases, so you need to ensure you have disabled in-app purchases on loot boxes.
In recent news, concerns were raised of incidents of strangers requesting the underage age users to verify their age by sending inappropriate images of themselves. So, it’s important to have conversations with your child to develop their critical thinking of what is and is not acceptable and to flag anything to an appropriate adult should they get such requests.
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The app is free to download (except PC version): PC, iOS, and Android devices.