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Boxing Star

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun arcade boxing a knockout; objectification is a low blow.

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Ease of Play

Simple touch controls for fights. Some boxers are tougher than others.

Violence

Players punch opponents, resulting in some bruising around the face, but no blood or gore is shown through fights. Cartoonish nature of visuals reduces the impact of violence.

Sex

The woman who introduces each round is well-endowed, wearing a tiny bikini top and short shorts. She can blow you a kiss that magically heals you if you pay her.

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Consumerism

Players can train boxers or buy new equipment using in-game currency that's earned or bought with real money. Players can also buy boosts to replenish their health or keep playing when they're knocked down, as well as watch ads to continue play.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Boxing Star is an arcade-style boxing game for iOS and Android devices. While there's no swearing or serious violence, players are fighting other characters with their fists, and opponents do end up being bruised and battered, although no blood or gore is shown. Like real boxing matches, each round is introduced by a woman in a bikini and short shorts, both are which are a bit too tiny for her ample frame. You can also get a health boost between rounds by paying her to blow you a kiss. Players can either buy or earn in-game credit, which is then used to train fighters or buy them new equipment, increasing their skills or just making them look pretty. In-game currency is also used to recover when knocked down, or to regain health between rounds. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Like boxing movies, BOXING STAR casts you as an amateur brawler who has to fight his way through the ranks for his shot at the big time. That means starting at the very bottom of your career with street fights before making your way through the ranks, inching ever closer to that title bout. While there's some drama around fights, most of it's just there to motivate you to keep fighting as you go for a title.

Is it any good?

With solid controls and a good mix of opponents, this arcade-style boxing game will easily appeal to casual fans of the sweet science. In Boxing Star, you play a wannabe professional boxer who, naturally, has to fight his way to the top. Starting in the streets, and then moving through fight clubs, you have to use a series of taps and swipes to throw jabs and uppercuts. You'll also need to duck and block incoming shots, and occasionally launch a special attack. It's all very arcade-like, and a little cartoonish, which is why this will appeal more to fans of such arcade-like boxing video games as Super Punch-Out!! than hardcore followers of the sport.

It doesn't help that, in some fights, your boxer is far weaker than his opponent, and will only win through sheer luck. Also, there's clearly no balance between how the sexes are represented in the game. There's no option to play as a woman, and the so-called "ring girl" is as scantily clad as she is well-endowed, which seems like blatant objectification. Still, even with these problems, Boxing Star has the tight controls and depth to keep fighters plugging away.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. How is the impact of the violence affected by the cartoonish visuals in Boxing Star? Does it make a difference that you're fighting human opponents instead of aliens or monsters?

  • Since you can earn in-game currency by playing Boxing Star, does it make sense to spend a lot of real-world money on this game? 

  • What is the message that Boxing Star seems to make about women with the way they're dressed? Does it seem to be one of respect, or objectification?

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