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Naughty Bear

Violent game about mental torture and murdering teddy bears.

What parents need to know

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

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.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price:$49.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:505 Games
Release date:June 29, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Violence

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Parent Written byKrcddinc December 27, 2012

LOVED THIS GAME!!!!!

I love this game! It is a great stress relief. Sometimes things in life are too cute and you just need to do something. I let the kids I watch play. It is just a silly game that doesn't have real violence in it. Naughty Bear is better than Sid from Toy Story and that is a beloved childrens movie. At least Naughty Bear has a reason.
Parent Written bylannyc May 19, 2015

Good Game but...

Okay, I would like to start by saying, yes there is a pretty weird concept a bear murdering other bears. But I want to say, the violence is so not bad a two year old could stand it. The whole point is breaking in to a party. There is no blood only stuffing, and like no language at all not even stuff like jerk or meanie especially no cusses
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Parent Written byTheRightReviews May 4, 2013

This isn't good for anyone!

Naughty Bear is an extremely disturbing,sick,twisted game. It involves killing teddy bears in ways such as shoving them in lawnmowers,impaling them on cactuses, and more. I believe 17-year olds shouldn't be restricted from any M or T games, but I would worry if someone was actually enjoying it. Besides the graphic violence,the game is crap. It's repetitive, and the controls are horrible. I hope I turned you away from this awful game, thanks for reading, and have a nice day.
What other families should know
Too much violence