Rocket Buddy

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Ad-heavy arcade game is ruined by being too easy.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls, and while it doesn't explain them well, they're not all that complicated.

Violence & Scariness

Players shoot their pal out of a cannon at a target, but the game is cartoony, so there's no blood or gore.

Sexy Stuff

One of the outfits you can buy for your buddy puts him in a skintight rubber suit.

Language
Consumerism

The game runs ads randomly between rounds, and an ad for a premium version of the game -- which, funnily enough, is ad-free -- often runs whenever you start playing. Players can also watch ads to double their rewards, or to get spins on the prize wheel. Players use in-game currency to buy new outfits for their buddies, or to keep playing when they run out of lives (assuming, of course, they don't want to watch an ad instead). Said currency can be earned by playing, or bought in the game's store.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rocket Buddy is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices that has an overabundance of ads. While the game has players shooting someone out of a canon at some targets, the cartoonish approach means there's no blood or gore. There's also no inappropriate content, though it's odd that one of the outfits you can buy for your buddy looks like a skintight rubber suit. As for the overabundance of ads, this not only runs them frequently between rounds, but one often appears when you start playing. The irony being that the welcome ad is for the premium version of the game, which is ad-free. You can also watch ads to double your rewards, or take a spin of the prize wheel. All of which gives you the in-game currency needed to purchase new outfits for your buddy and to keep playing when you run out of lives. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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Adult Written byjakemasons August 12, 2020

THIS CURSES

This game is so bad it said fuck you kid who's killing me to my 5 year old he kept on saying fuck and i was sooooo mad this is so bad

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What's it about?

In ROCKET BUDDY, you have to shoot someone out of a cannon at some targets. Why? Who knows. Your buddy seems nice enough; he's always got a smile, even when flying at a wall, face-first. And your only reward for figuring out how to slam him into the target is to give you another scenario to figure out. Well, and some money you can eventually use to dress him up like an imitation Iron Man or someone in a rubber suit or a ten-year-old boy... as if repeatedly slamming him face first into a wall wasn't humiliating enough.

Is it any good?

While being unoriginal isn't good, and having a lot of ads can be annoying, being unoriginal, ad-heavy, and so easy that it lacks any challenge is three bad steps too many. A rather blatant rip-off of Angry Birds, the physics-based arcade game Rocket Buddy has you shooting your titular pal out of a cannon at a target, and maybe some diamonds as well. To do this, you simply point where you want the cannon to shoot your buddy and let 'er rip, hopefully right into the target you're trying to hit.

But while the levels get increasingly intricate, with new levels and anti-grav streams and so on, the game is undermined by numerous annoying and easily avoided issues. For starters, this is a really blatant rip-off of Angry Birds, but doesn't have that game's cleverness, challenge, or weird sense of humor. More importantly, it's super easy, even in the later levels. Most levels take only a moment to figure out, so there's nothing to task your brain or your love of trial & error. The game's also lousy with ads. They run randomly between rounds, they come up if you want to spin the prize wheel, and there's even one that often appears whenever you start playing. Even worse, that latter ad is for the premium version of the game...which is ad-free. All of which makes Rocket Buddy a terrible friend.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. Rocket Buddy has a lot of ads, but there's an ad-free version you can buy, so do you think this was intentional? How does it make you feel about this game, and the people who made it?

  • How do you decide whether to spend money on a game when you don't need to? Is there ever justification to pay for something you can earn for free with dedicated play over time?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 20, 2019
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 467.50 MB
  • Publisher: Playgendary Limited
  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: January 16, 2020

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