Pocket God Comics

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Pygmies from popular app still can't escape the violence.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The app is basically an e-reader and is very easy to use: either in portrait mode with pinch/zoom controls, or in landscape mode, which goes frame-by-frame through the comic. On an iPad, the comic appears one page at a time in portrait mode, and two at a time in landscape.

Violence

Pocket God Comics is based on the Pocket God app, which allows the player to repeatedly kill pygmies on an island in all sorts of different ways. However, they keep returning to life. There is no blood or gore, but plenty of cartoon violence (including being burnt, leaving nothing but bones). "Little Green Men" comics included in the app also contain a lot of slapstick violence, of the Three Stooges sort.

 

Sex

The pygmies are all wearing either leaves or loincloths. One of them makes a reference to his "coco and nuts."

Language

In the included "Little Green Men" comic there is a lot of name-calling like "numbskull" and "idiot."

Consumerism

The app includes the first Pocket God comic book and some supplemental material called "The Pygmy Peril" but additional Pocket God books must be purchased in-app. The main menu also has links to purchase the Pocket God app and other comics from iVerse. Also, the three logos on the main screen all open up browser pages for the developer's and publisher's sites.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pocket God Comics is a digital comic book based on the Pocket God app. Because the app is all about finding creative ways to kill the pygmies (who then come back to life), the comic book is also full of cartoon violence, as well as questions about "the gods" who rule the island. The supplemental material includes a "Little Green Men" comic that involves three aliens patterned after the Three Stooges, which also uses a lot of slapstick violence and name-calling. The app purchase includes the first issue of Pocket God; additional issues are purchased in-app.

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Is it any good?

If you're familiar with the Pocket God app, then you'll have a good idea of what goes on in POCKET GOD COMICS. The comic takes the pygmies from the app and tells a story about them -- in the first book most of the pygmies die several times, and one pygmy tries to convince the others that the gods are simply toying with them and will never respond to rituals and prayers. There is supplemental material as well, about character design for the comics and a bit about the app, plus a "Little Green Men" comic about three dim-witted aliens.

The app is easy enough to use, but because it is translating paper comics to the screen, sometimes on an iPhone or iPod Touch the frame-by-frame mode is confusing, particularly when some images overlap frames. In those cases, dialogue bubbles can get mixed up, and it's hard to tell what's going on. The comic is a clever take on the game, though, with an enjoyable story. However, like the app, this is for teens and up only.

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