Pocket God




Torture and kill cartoon characters. Teens and up only.
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What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's pretty easy to figure out how various flicks and taps affect the pygmies. Check the tutorials for the less intuitive stuff, such as how to summon the T-Rex. (You have to drop its egg so a baby hatches and cries).


The point of the game is to torture and kill the cartoon characters that look human. They can be flicked into active volcanoes, drowned, fed to sharks, and skewered with spears, among other horrible fates. The victims are only animations but their terrified expressions and limp bodies can be disturbing. They can be burned and turned to ashes.


A .99 "dance" pack updates the game with a fan dance and a "pants drop" dance in which the pygmies show a smidgen of extra skin.


The clever episode titles sometimes can be a bit naughty. e.g. "Great Job Ice Hole."


One link, buried in a menu, leads to a list of the game's 99-cent customization packs. These are mostly different skins for the T-Rex but recently they've added weapons and a dance pack. To buy other games through Pocket God, players have to join the OpenFeint social gaming network.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that POCKET GOD is the high-tech equivalent of frying ants with a magnifying glass. The object of the game is to torture cute pygmies living on a tropical island inside your phone. As they suffer tsunamis, shark attacks, and other natural disasters initiated by your finger flicks, the cartoon characters tremble and cry. Alternatively, you can make them dance happily. However, empathy is not the goal. This isn't a good choice for very young or impressionable kids.

What kids can learn



  • imagination

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • integrity
  • respect for others

What Kids Can Learn

Pocket God wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn



  • imagination

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct
  • integrity
  • respect for others

Pocket God wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Is it any good?


Pocket God makes brilliantly evil use of the accelerometer to rain misery on an innocent tribe of cartoon islanders. Shake the phone to start an earthquake and knock the pygmies off their feet. Flick a dark cloud to make lightning strike. Game updates, called episodes, bring creative new ways to play God so you never get bored with old torture methods. When you've wiped out one batch of pygmies, tap a button to drop down new victims to do with as you please. This game is extremely clever and frequently disturbing, giving a whole new meaning to guilty pleasure. Not recommended for tweens or sensitive kids.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Release date:January 9, 2009
Publisher:Bolt Creative, Inc.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBrainChild101 June 2, 2011

Fun Game, Just Not Right For Everyone

Pocket God is a game for the adventurous preteen (or teen, or, yes, adult) who would sometimes like to mess around with the lives of a few little guys who aren't going to fight back. Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android, it provides a good way to waste the time away. While some may argue that the violence made easily available as a turn-off and pass the game off as torture, there are also funny and just plain wacky things the pygmies can do, not just kill. They can dance, fish, use the outhouse (door closed of course), belch, fix their hair, and perform for the engaged player. Kids can draw double rainbows, collect trophies in fun challenges, play minigames galore (including tie-ins from other popular apps Doodle Jump and the Moron Test), and even transform their pygmies into zombies and ghosts (all in a nonviolent fashion!) Pygmies are playful, adorable, and completely entertaining. All but one (Charlie, who turns into a tiger) get along in harmony, and even in death, there is no gore or blood, and let's face it, what is better entertainment than feeding a Pygmy to a shark or volcano or tornado or giant ape every once in a while? Pocket God is actually less violent than many other games geared at preteens. Not for the faint of heart, but Pocket God offers a world to explore for the fun-loving gamer, and at only $.99, Pocket God is affordable and provides hours of fun (at the expense of a few animated, lovable little cavemen).
Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2011


Funny app! But if you make an earthquake and the people fall down the crack. They land in a lava place. So I think it's-- you know what I mean!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old June 7, 2010


If you have an iphone or a ipod touch. You should totally get this. sure there is violence but its all very cartoony and nothing you should worry about


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