Kick the Buddy: No Mercy

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Distasteful app glorifies violence.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

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Educational Value

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

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
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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byWhatsthis March 17, 2018

Not cool!

This game is too violent for anyone under 17 in my opinion. It teaches younger ones to not have compassion and to simply laugh at hurting someone. Yes it’s a pu... Continue reading
Adult Written byDaniel L. August 1, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byGame Judge February 9, 2021
nice stress reliever and fun to see how many ways you can 'kick the buddy'.
Teen, 14 years old Written byAdrian Aguilar-Moore January 13, 2021

Super fun, but violent.

Tons of bloodshed. If you kill buddy with weapons, his blood will splatter and cover the weapons with it. If you shoot him with firearms tons of blood will spur... Continue reading

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?

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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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