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.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 34 reviews

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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. 

Violence

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. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

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 byNurse_betty January 20, 2019

Encourages violence aggression

My 6 year old boy had downloaded this and showed me it (we talk about all his downloads) as it had popped up on an ad on Subway surfers. I was horrified that he... Continue reading
Adult Written bystupidbuthappy July 8, 2019

Toxic

Is your child bullied at school? Chances are the perpetrators play this wretched app. Designed by sociopaths for the deranged amusement of the photo-psychotic.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byaverage-teen January 13, 2020

DISGUSTING

DO NOT BE INVOLVED WITH THIS DISGUSTING APP PROMOTING VIOLENCE I COULDN'T EVEN BEAR TO WATCH THE ADD.
I cannot believe that some kids actually play this.
W... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMr. King December 20, 2012

Two words:EXTRA AWESOME!!!

I LOVE KICK THE BUDDY! It is so much fun! It also gets stress out of you body!

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
  • Last updated: January 28, 2021

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