Naughty Bear

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Violent game about mental torture and murdering teddy bears.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 46 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The message here is that murder, torture, and causing others to commit suicide within the context of a video game can be both acceptable and fun. There is no meaning to the game's massacres outside of vengeance and humor. Consequently, there are no redeeming messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game's protagonist is a vicious teddy bear set on either killing or scaring to death all of the teddy bears that have made fun of him. Not a single aspect of his extremely naughty behavior ought to be copied in the real world.

Ease of Play

This game should be easy to play, but it's plagued by poor camera angles and wonky controls. Rent before buying.

Violence

The violence in this game is definitely not suitable for kids. Naughty Bear wails on his opponents with everything from fists and knives to guns and car doors. There is no blood, but instead a storm of toy animal stuffing and plenty of moaning. Even more troubling is the fear Naughty Bear instills in his opponents. Scare them enough and they will commit suicide by clubbing themselves to death or shooting themselves in the head. This is disturbing to witness, even without blood and in a fantasy environment.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Naughty Bear is not for kids in any way, shape, or form. This is a video game about bullying and mental torture. While the characters are teddy bears and there is never any gore (murdered bears spill stuffing instead of blood), players get extra points for torturing and bullying other bears to the point that  the victim bear commits suicide. Creativity in injuring and killing is encouraged and rewarded. You can hurt a bear by slamming a car door on its head, jumping on it, and impaling it with sharp weapons. There's also a narrator who encourages players to be extremely naughty. Parents should note as well that this game supports online play with open voice chat. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKornDude666 January 19, 2020

Not the best game, but it's not bad.

Don't listen to the people saying that the game is disturbing and you shouldn't play it. People play games like GTA all the time and don't ever t... Continue reading
Adult Written byxcxa February 1, 2019
Teen, 13 years old Written byXcalibur July 9, 2014

Great game

So what get over it it's fine my 3 yr old brother plays it and laughs his head off with each kill
Teen, 13 years old Written bygolden gamer March 10, 2020

Love This Game

i absolutely love this game and the sequal despite the lags.
and yes it does have many, many deaths/murders in it but the fact there not humans make me think it... Continue reading

What's it about?

Imagine a cute, cuddly plush, fairy tale bear. Then imagine him experiencing a homicidal mental break. That’s the premise of NAUGHTY BEAR, an open world video game that portrays the title bear as a character who’s been teased, taunted, and bullied for so long that he snaps. He kills his fellow bears -- or scares them to the point of suicide -- in massive numbers using bats, machetes, car doors, guns, golf clubs, and a wide variety of other implements to exact his revenge.

Is it any good?

There’s no blood or gore, but Naughty Bear is definitely not for kids. Like the recent Fairytale Fights, it satirizes a cultural icon -- the teddy bear -- by adding something jarringly out of place: extreme violence. Offering an open world to explore is commendable, but sadly, the story isn’t much more than hacking, slashing, and the occasional bit of humor. What's more, killing and bullying other bears quickly becomes repetitive.

Naughty Bear just doesn't feel quite finished. The controls are horribly dizzying, and bad camera angles lead players to miss approaching enemies. While the premise of mixing fairy tales (which have a history of violence) with pop culture could have been compelling, this game didn't get the balance right. As is, it's a game that glorifies thrill kills without much humor and storyline.

Online interaction: This game supports open voice chat, which means players could be exposed to inappropriate language or share personal information with strangers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether witnessing acts of extreme violence perpetrated against fantasy creatures is any less disturbing than seeing similar acts committed against human characters. Does the impact of the violence have more to do with the act, or the creature that suffers it? 

  • Families can also discuss the game's sense of humor. Does this game qualify as satire? Do you ever find violence funny? Why or why not?

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