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KG Dogfighting

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Illegal activity glorified in tedious, buggy app.

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Ease of play

Aside from a handful of simple mini-games, the game is menu-driven and requires no reflexes. The app lacks an in-app tutorial and fails to adequately explain the gameplay and goals. In the Shoutbox message area, there is a link to a help guide for the game; it is viewed in an outside browser window.

Violence

Text descriptions encourage players to "bring out [the dog's] killer instinct" and
"give it a taste for blood." Players can buy knives and guns to defend
themselves; the developer's help guide says the guns are for "fighting the police during a bust and they build street cred." In one mini-game players teach
a growling dog to bite by yanking on a rope. The main menu shows a dog with blood on its snout; no graphic violence is shown visually. Dogfights are menu-driven with damage indicated through a decreasing health bar.

Sex

The Shoutbox in-game message board may contain posts from other players with sexual references.

Language

There is no strong language in the content of the game, although a diamond collar is captioned with "I'm rich, bioootch!" The Shoutbox in-game message board contains posts from other players that are peppered with trash talk that includes "s--t," "f--k," "ass" and so on.

Consumerism

Banner ads from AdMob regularly pop up along the bottom of the screen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Players can buy steroids to "juice up" their dogs and gain an advantage during the fight.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that KG Dogfighting, previously known as Dog Wars, is a controversial app in which players train dogs to fight in a virtual dogfighting ring against other players online. Gameplay is menu-driven, and while there is little graphic violence, the game
exposes kids to illegal dogfighting and the surrounding underground subculture -- including guns, knives, and steroids.
It encourages players to train their dogs to be killers. The in-game message board contains no language filters, and players will regularly be exposed to strong language. For these reasons, the app is not recommended for kids. This app was reviewed on a Motorola Milestone.

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QUALITY

Controversial subject matter aside, KG DOGFIGHTING simply isn't a very good game. After players have chosen a persona (such as rapper, gangster, football star, or politician) and a dog, the majority of the game is spent training the dog to max out its stats -- a tedious process that involves playing the same three mini-games ad nauseam, including swiping the screen to make a dog drag a tire and jerking the phone while the dog is holding onto a rope to improve its jaw strength. Fights occur in real time when one player challenges another online, but consist of nothing more than pressing "Attack" until one of the dog's health bars reaches zero. (Players can also use boosts or run away, but there's no advanced strategy whatsoever). On top of that, graphics and audio are below par, there are inadequate instructions, and the game is buggy and crashed frequently during our evaluation.

App details

Device:Android
Price:$2.99
Release date:April 30, 2011
Category:Simulation Games
Publisher:Kage Games, LLC
Version:0.983
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.6 and up

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Adult Written byTj Kibbee November 1, 2011

KG Dogfighting is weak like the people who participate in the real crime.

A disgusting and horrible app. It features rudimentary controls and laggy movement. Don't waste your time on this second rate app.
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