Bully: Anniversary Edition

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Classic console action game transitions smoothly to mobile.

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A lot or a little?

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Navigation can be challenging, as it can be with any game of this sort, but in general, the controls are very user-friendly. 

Violence

You'll spend most of the game in a fight, using hands, a slingshot, a bat, and more, but there's no blood or gore. 

Sex

Some kissing and suggestive language with options for opposite and same-sex relationships. 

Language

Occasional foul language and lots of stereotypes among characters. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character is often shown as drunk and discusses drug use. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bully: Anniversary Edition is an action/adventure game that focuses on bullying and being bullied in a high school environment. It's made by Rockstar Games, the same developers of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, but avoids some of the vivid violence, language, and sexuality of those games and originally released on console in 2006. That said, the taunting and bullying that occurs is nonstop, and your character will be in countless fights by the end of the game, using everything from his fists to a baseball bat and fire extinguisher. However, there's no blood or gore. Characters swear and use sexually suggestive talk with both opposite and same-sex relationships as possibilities. Read the publisher's privacy policy for details on how personal information is collected and shared. 

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Teen, 13 years old Written byKobathepomsky July 25, 2018

Bully

You’re kids should know what’s wrong and right this game has a lot of violence and you’re got thumb up and down yeah that’s it
Teen, 13 years old Written byMichaelbrannnan12 January 6, 2018

What's it about?

BULLY: ANNIVERSARY EDITION puts players in the shoes of a troubled teenager, Jimmy Hopkins, who has been plunked into the country's toughest boarding school. He quickly sees the culture of bullying, sometimes taking part in it, sometimes pulling pranks, and sometimes standing up for the little guy. Players choose which missions they'd like to take part in. The goal is to rule the school, but to do so, you'll need to defeat rivals who usually -- but not always -- start the fight as well as school officials, who turn a fairly blind eye to the chaos on campus. 

Is it any good?

Though there's violence, swearing, and sexual innuendo, this is also an engaging game in which the main character can make choices to help others. With its title and the reputation of its developer, this game got a lot of unwarranted negative attention in its 2006 debut. And while Bully: Anniversary Edition is still not a game for young kids, it's not nearly as bad as many people might have feared or been told.  Overall, the transition from console to mobile is done well. Game controls are very smooth, and the way classroom mini-games are played (often rhythm-based) makes them fun and a break from the fighting-centric main game mechanic. Of course, parents will know best if their kids can handle the content and understand that many of the behaviors in the game don't translate well to real life, but in terms of many games available to teens, this one is fairly mild.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in the media and how it's the same and/or different from real life. How is violence used in Bully: Anniversary Edition? 

  • Talk about bullying in the game and in real life. What is the main character's response? In what ways can you respond in real life? Which way is best?

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