Parents' Guide to

Bunch Group Video Chat & Games

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Play games while video chatting with simple social network.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
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  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

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This simple app has been compared to popular PC voice/text chat service Discord, but it has a ways to go before being quite as useful. For one thing, its usage at the time of this writing is very limited. Bunch Group Video Chat & Games comes bundled with three simple games, and the app itself doesn't offer any downloadable alternatives. True, if you register using your Facebook account, you get a welcome email with a list of games like Fortnite, Roblox, and Minecraft, but the list is disappointingly short. Also, signing up with Facebook means more data sharing, which more and more people are trying to avoid. The developer claims there are other games "secretly" supported by the app, but seems to expect you to find those on your own. This oddly obstructive approach becomes even more disappointing if you choose not to connect your Facebook account and instead sign up with your phone number. Phone registrants get no welcome message or game list, and are likely to think they're stuck with only the three games that come with the app. The developers provide a built-in suggestion box asking users to suggest games to be added in the future, but that's not much consolation for the current limited selection. On the plus side, what the app does have works reasonably well. And from a kid safety standpoint, the contact list-based friend selection seems to prevent kids from friending -- or being friended by -- strangers. The problem is, if it wants to become a Discord-like, must-have mobile game add-on, it's got to broaden its usability by, well, a lot. Until that happens, other, better screen-sharing options will continue to beat it out.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 12, 2017
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: 500 Labs
  • Version: 4.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 11, 2019

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