Kick the Buddy: No Mercy

 

Learning(i)

Distasteful app glorifies violence.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is very self-explanatory. Once you see the rag doll, start poking and you'll get the idea. Hints are shown on-screen regularly as well. 

Violence

The entire point of the app is to abuse and torture a rag doll. Players can use a variety of weapons from pistols to bazookas to maces to chainsaws to buzz saws -- and a lot more. The doll begs for mercy and makes moaning sounds. Players also can choose what's "inside" the doll, whether tt's ketchup, ink, or robot parts. 

Sex

Buddy sometimes throws out comments like, "Oooh! I almost like that," and "I need a girlfriend."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app offers very basic weapons with which to torture Buddy, but the rest must be purchased using in-game currency, which is earned slowly (and the items are expensive). Earning cash is easy, though, if you only hold Buddy in a corner and keep shooting him until he dies. If you attempt to purchase an item with insufficient in-game funds, the game will mock you and call you a "loser" or shout "do the math!" A cash register, allowing you to spend real-world money on the in-game currency, is always on-screen. The free version of the app has banner ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The privacy policy states that the developer collects both personal and nonpersonal information about players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kick the Buddy: No Mercy is an app that encourages players to torture and maim a talking stuffed doll for entertainment purposes. Users can stretch the doll's arms and legs and separate its head from its body, shoot it with guns, poison it, use medieval weapons on it, or blow it up again and again, all with the goal of earning points. The violence is meant to be humorous, but the doll does show signs of suffering and does "die" in the game for short periods. The developer requires users to be 13 or older to use the app.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Kick the Buddy: No Mercy wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Kick the Buddy: No Mercy wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

What's it about?

Players select from an arsenal of weapons by pulling a red ribbon at the top of the page. Most are only available when purchased, but early weapons include a gun, mace, and a hand grenade. From there, players shoot, hit, and toss explosives at a rag doll that never ceases to stop tossing out annoying one-liners. Players also can physically torture the doll, stretching its arms and legs and detaching its head from its torso by touching the image with two fingers and pulling in opposite directions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

We get it. This is supposed to be a harmless stress buster, and the original Kick the Buddy kept that in mind. KICK THE BUDDY: NO MERCY, however, is a game with a mean streak -- and, even worse, it's a greedy one. The game actively encourages players to beat the heck out of the little guy on-screen -- and rewards them with small amounts of "cash" to buy weapons that do more damage and elicit his screams of anguish. 

That cash takes a long while to amass, though, meaning that if you want more weapons, you'll eventually cave in and give the game more money. As if this weren't distasteful enough, the app also taunts the player with phrases such as, "Santa won't like this!," and it calls you a "loser" if you accidentally tap an item in the store you can't afford. It's an app devoid of any real fun, and it's full of repetition. It might be marketed as a stress reliever -- and, for some adults, it might be. Those same adults, though, will wonder why they've spent money on a game that gets so old, so fast. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free-$1.99
Release date:July 26, 2013
Category:Simulation Games
Size:390.00 MB
Publisher:Crustalli
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Kid, 10 years old September 27, 2013
age 12+
 

Nope.

Man! This has effects that were disturbing. Sad... A lot of the weapons are very violent. Others are like water hose and computer keyboard. I would suggest this to none! Sorry guys. Another thing is the fact that this app encourages you to torture and kill Buddy. You can shoot it, throw grenades at it, and he stays dead for a short time.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent Written bymommybear45 September 23, 2013
age 12+
 

NOT the best app for kids

my friends daughter has it and she is 13 so.. but her other daughter does too and she is 9. now this not the best app for a child under 12. probably because all they are doing is hurting a doll in every way they could think of. this is not the best app!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written bysky2a1 November 14, 2013
age 18+
 

Good and bad.

Good for kids but they will get scared.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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