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Kick the Buddy HD

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Violent stress-release app lets players assault rag doll.
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Parents say

age 15+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

There are no instructions, but there's really no need. Once you see the rag doll, start poking and you'll get the idea. 


The entire point of the app is to abuse and torture a rag doll. Users can use a variety of weapons from pistols to bazookas to land mines and more. The doll occasionally begs for mercy and makes moaning sounds, but the worst that happens to it is he gets knocked out. 


To get additional weapons, users need to use in-game dollars. If they prefer not to wait to bank enough money through the course of the app, they can purchase them for $1. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kick the Buddy is an electronic equivalent of a stress release toy. Users fling the rag doll around the screen and assault it with pretty much any weapon you can imagine, from pistols to shotguns to bombs to ... well, baseball mitts. There's no malicious agenda to the violence, though. It's done in a humorous vein. The game does have in-app purchases, but they're not aggressively marketed at the player. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheoretikos June 15, 2014

Do not give this to your children

"Just stress relief" say the other reviews. The thing is, when I need stress relief I don't unload a Mauser M2 handgun into a doll. This app no... Continue reading
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy October 21, 2012

Are you angry? Play this app.

This is a fun app! It's also really funny.I'd say it's best for 11 and up.Now remember,this is what I think.
Kid, 12 years old November 9, 2014


Great game! The best.
Kid, 10 years old September 4, 2012

Very good game, easy to play

This game is EXTREMELY addictive, with mild violence, but no blood or gore. It is very easy to play, so easy that even my 6 year old brother knows how to play i... Continue reading

Is it any good?

There's unquestionably something cathartic about taking out your frustrations on a rag doll, especially one that flings trash talk your way before begging for mercy. And while KICK THE BUDDY isn't an app for young kids, those old enough to realize it's just fantasy and stress releasing will have fun coming up with creative ways to assault the smiling little fellow. 

It's hardly an app that's one you want to spend a lot of time with, though. Even with the variety of weapons, the core mechanic is the same and it gets old after a while. You might return to it from time to time, but you'll wonder why you spent a few bucks on this when you do. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: June 7, 2011
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 21.30 MB
  • Publisher: AppZap
  • Version: 1.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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