Naughty Bear review

  • Fantastic concept
  • Tons of unlockables
  • Amusing multiplayer
  • Hopeless stealth segments
  • Obnoxious camera
  • Lacking in the charisma it so needs

Okay, so here’s a game you don’t see every day – a toy bear driven to violence by his kin, embarking on a sadistic killing spree that demands cunning, inventiveness and a very steady chopping hand. Ten out of ten for concept, then, but things go downhill quickly from there…

Each of the game’s seven levels possesses a core objective, but you’ll spend the majority of your time scaring the denizens of Perfection Island. It’s an evolution of the classic Spy vs Spy concept, but with precious little of the charisma. Naughty Bear is also a victim of some crushingly irritating mechanics, such as hopeless stealth and a camera you’ll soon want to rip apart.

There is longevity here though, which is illustrated by the wealth of unlockable suits (each granting cool new powers) and gazillions of objectives. Journey online and the various merciless escapades almost threaten to spill out into genuine fun.

Multiplayer is definitely Naughty’s forte, whether you’re legging it about with a cake or hunting the Golden Oozy to mow down your cowering rivals. But overall, everything falls largely flat. This is one idea that should have never made it outta the board room.

Jul 7, 2010

More Info

Release date: Jun 29 2010 - Xbox 360, PS3 (US)
Jun 25 2010 - Xbox 360, PS3 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Action
Published by: 505 Games
Developed by: Artificial Mind & Movement
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Violence


  • Baron164 - June 30, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    I just ordered this for $13 off glyde, I figure it's worth that much for a few hours of fun until it gets boring then it'll just sit on the shelf
  • yellowskittle73 - October 4, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    My boyfriend's absolute favorite game, but he doesn't like video games. I played it for about an hour until i got bored. Not worth the $40 they want you to pay. It'll be down to like $1 in a year. Wait for it then.
  • THEcressbeckler - August 28, 2010 4:29 a.m.

    i played it at a friends and it was SUPER funny in the beginning but it got very repetitive
  • wharcraff - July 24, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    This needed to take some pointers from Rare(Conkers Bad Fur Day). Those guys know how to make some naughty bears.
  • rongunz - July 13, 2010 3:28 a.m.

    i thought the ipod touch version was funnier
  • mrmorozov987 - July 8, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    So... that's it? Man, short review. Then again, what can you really say about it?
  • mattdark - July 8, 2010 6:23 a.m.

    I think from the get-go, this seemed like it might be a fun game. But after they started releasing some videos of naughty bear himself, in action, the game suddenly seemed to show it was much tamer then they let on, especially when they released that 'mature audiences only' video (The fluff! Oh god its too much for a childs mind to take!)
  • SimOniS - July 8, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    "Teddiez I hate those guys"
  • StickyLungs - July 8, 2010 2:56 a.m.

    drag... I'll gamefly this one.
  • HotCyder - July 8, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    Is it wrong to admit that I knew this was going to be a bad game just from the announcement trailer? A bad execution of a game if there ever was one... might of done better 10 years ago when cuddly mascots were still relevant
  • Clovin64 - July 8, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    Multiplayer means squat to me, so theres nothing here to interst me if the single player mode sucks. A missed oppurtunity surely.
  • JayBeat - July 8, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    Definitely a rental, just to check it out. The concept seems to be tailored for XBLA or PSN more than a retail game..
  • soccerclownking - July 7, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    It really doesn't look that bad to me, but if my parents saw me playing this they'd probably think I'm some cruel sadistic monster who is in dire need of counseling.
  • reaperman22 - July 7, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    i had really hoped this would be good, also you are the first site i have seen that even bothered with the multiplayer
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 7, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    It could have been so much more... Also, A2M is going to have a field day with the "ten out of ten" out-of-context box quote. Good job, Rob Taylor.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 7, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    Maybe a rental... I don't know.
  • Metroidhunter32 - July 7, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    Had potential, but never looked like it would get good ratings.

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