“Crack that whip and teach your guy a thing or two about being the Perfect Boyfriend! When scolding doesn’t work, just zap him, whack him and train him to be your ideal man!” reads the description for the “Boyfriend Trainer” app, which is available in both the iTunes and Android stores.
The “game” is free — and lives up to its description. In different levels, the player (“the girlfriend”) advances by physically abusing “her boyfriend,” by hitting, slapping, and even strangling him when he “does something wrong.”
The method of inflicting abuse varies by level: There’s “whacking” when he drops a shirt or glass on the floor, and “slapping” when he looks at other women passing by.
When he drives too fast, he’s strangled with a rope and players aren’t allowed to advance to the next level unless they inflict the required level of abuse, which is doled out by simply pressing on the screen.
User reviews in the Apple app store reveal that some users have been put off by the game’s encouragement of domestic abuse.