Pocket God

Common Sense Media says

Torture and kill cartoon characters. Teens and up only.

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Learning(i)

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).

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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

Consumerism

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
Privacy & safety

It's pretty private, with the only exposure to the outside world through optional membership in the social gaming network OpenFeint, which defaults to anonymous handles such as Player 126888123 for posting leaderboard scores. Players can let the network use their locations, but these are used only to notify when nearby Twitter or Facebook friends are online. They can also join a fan club and get newsletters, receive messages in their inbox from Twitter and Facebook friends, and browse other games.

 

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

Skills

Creativity

  • 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

Skills

Creativity

  • 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

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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
Price:$0.99
Release date:January 9, 2009
Category:Entertainment
Publisher:Bolt Creative, Inc.
Version:1.29

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Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

BEST APP EVER CREATED!

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
Teen, 14 years old Written byBrainChild101 June 2, 2011
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12
QUALITY
 

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, 10 years old August 9, 2010
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7
QUALITY
 

Pure Fun

Lov it! Its very funny....very very funny....its really fun.....i mean its ok but i mean right now im speachless...in the good way! i love it! :) :)
What other families should know
Too much violence

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