Battle Bears - Zombies!

App review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Dark humor, heavy weaponry make this shooter for teens+.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Very easy to begin, with brief tutorial to get started. Choice of easy, normal, or hard. Getting beyond the first few levels takes lots of practice and some strategy (like switching weapons at the right time).

Violence

Main character shoots at teddy bears and unicorns (and eventually teddy bear zombies), earning higher scores for head shots. Bears make brief sounds when hit and slump when killed. Blood comes in bright colors and players can choose to play without blood (though a headshot will still result in a stream of rainbow color bursting from the bear's head). As the game advances, more intense weapons appear including flame-throwers which turn the teddy bears black before they die. Other weapons include a crossbow (that shoots unicorn horns), a "bearzooka" (that shoots teddy bear arms/legs), a swearaphone (a megaphone that stuns bears with unheard curses), a machine gun, and a slingshot that shoots bunny poop.

Sex

One level involves a "marecraft" carrier, which is a giant female unicorn with an exaggerated udder.

Language

Cut scenes feature mild language like "damn" and "bastard," plus in one scene the character starts to say "f--k," but the word is bleeped. One weapon is a "swearaphone" that momentarily stuns the teddy bears with foul language (though none is heard). "Oh my God" audible in a cut scene.

Consumerism

Players who interact through Open Feint see ads for other games and can use the forum to shop for and read reviews of games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In the credits screen, a bear is shown with a bottle next to him whose label reads "kodiac cognac."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Battle Bears - Zombies! is a first-person shooter game that might attract kids with its teddy bear and unicorn characters, but is clearly not for children because gameplay involves constant shooting with weapons that range from a slingshot to a machine gun to a flamethrower. The main character is a soldier bear who occasionally swears in cut scenes and gains extra points for head shots to his victims (who include pink teddy bears, barbershop quartet teddies, unicorns, and eventually zombie teddy bears). Upon death, teddy bears bleed colorful, nonrealistic blood, though users can also opt for bloodless play (though some headshots make rainbows shoot from teddy bears' heads in either setting). In the final level, the teddy bears are zombies, though so fantastical as to not be frightening to teen players. Cut scenes between battles sometimes include cartoonish death (like a stabbed unicorn).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMychemicalstinkpants May 10, 2011
Kid, 12 years old November 30, 2011

battle reveiw

not bad rainbow blood comes out if head is shot off. really not bad
Teen, 13 years old Written byImSoRegal March 6, 2011

Battle Bears is legit, everybody.

Started playing this when I was 12. BATTLE BEARS IS FRICKING GLORIOUS!

Is it any good?

While kids might be attracted to the cute characters in this teddy bear-oriented app, parent should be aware that this game's heavy violence puts it decidely in the teen realm. But for teen players who are mature enough to get the humor involved in combining super-cute with super-violent, BATTLE BEARS is a challenging and entertaining choice. The game includes nice integration of cut scenes with game play that keeps the story moving (and crudely entertaining). Levels ramp up in difficulty gradually, allowing users to get the knack of the game before taking on new challenges. Overall, this is a shooter hiding behind cute characters to create some dark humor, but it is not for kids.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: January 25, 2010
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 133.00 MB
  • Publisher: SkyVu
  • Version: 1.5.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iPhone OS 2.0 or later

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