Naughty Bear

Common Sense Media says

Violent game about mental torture and murdering teddy bears.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:505 Games
Release date:June 29, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old January 30, 2015
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Naughty Bear

This game is the best game ever. True, it does have a little bit of violence, but it's not much worse than other 3rd person shooters. People in the world are saying "This game is not for kids" or "This game should be rated M" or even "This game will cause your children to become murderers!" It's a bunch of TEDDY BEARS, for f***'s sake! It is correct that you can burn bears on barbecues, stuff them into freezers, break their necks, electrocute them, stomp on their throats, and even throw them into a cake machine, but it's just a game! And it's not even bloody! Just everyone calm down your ass before going around with your insane conspiracies!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old May 27, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Teddy bears are loving friends for kids. Not in this game!

Wow! Another phsyco game! Makes me wanna destroy these games and throw them in space! Well, anyway, this game is boatloads of violence! Shooting, stabbing, smashing, and burning innocent teddy bears is the point of this game. You can even scare teddy bears so much, that they will commit suicide! Horrible! Violence is not cool! This game should have been rated M! No, not even M! It should have been rated Ao! And in case you didn't know already, Ao stands for adults only. Ok, maybe I was being over dramatic about it being Ao but, M is good. Even though there is no blood, the violence is way too intense! Just because it uses cute teddy bears, it does not mean it is a good game. I actually felt bad for the teddy bears that got killed in the game. I didn't actually play it. I just saw the game online. But, even if I did not play, you can tell it is one of the worst games ever! I seriously thought I was going to have nightmares from watching gameplay... good thing I didn't. Ok, the point is, this game is way too intense for pre teens and is a very iffy choice for teens. Because, last time I checked, kids and teens who play these games (some) have done the same things in real life. Some adults have even done them! It's really sad once you think about it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old December 24, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Violent enough I have to be sarcastic to make a point:

Ok, so maybe a serial killer teddy bear isn't the best for children. C'mon, it's a good learning skill for kids. Some kids want to be doctors when they grow up, you'll know how to correctly strangle your patient until the pass out, then saw open. Is that not educational or what?! Some kids wanna be murders when they grow up, how do you think Jeff the killer is so fabulous? Yep Jeff and Liu played this all the time, although, *sigh* poor Liu...
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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