If there is anything that should be highlighted about the Kik Messenger app so far this year (2016) is the introduction of Kik bots. Kik bots have clearly come to stay. At the time of writing this there are more than 110 Kik bots available in the Kik Bot Shop and more that 20,000 other bots have been created on Kik Messenger app since the introduction of Kik bots earlier this year. In this article we will just focus on those bots officially available in the Bot Shop and show you how you can use the shop.
The Kik Bot Shop was originally launched back in April 2016. Despite it is still being relatively knew, this shop has become incredibly popular among Kik Messenger users in search for bots to chat with. Bots are the most convenient and fun way of getting services and information without having ever to leave the Kik Messenger app. There are bots almost for any type or taste. Even in the unlikely event that you should not find the type of Kik bot you are after, it will probably be a matter of time before the exact bot you need is created and becomes available on the Kik Bot Shop.
What Are Kik Bots?
There would be little point in explaining how the Kik Bot Shot works if you have not talk a little about what Kik bots actually are and what you can expect from them.
Here are some of the stuff Kik bots are capable of:
- There are funny bots, which will provide you with a laugh whenever you may need one.
- There are also bots that would let you watch video.
- Other bots will give you weather reports where you are, but also from around the corner and around the world.
- You can also get the news according to your interests and location, again exactly whenever you need to know.
- Not all bots are as serious as that. There is plenty of room for frivolity, too. Some Kik bots will give you make up advice, too.
- If you likes GIFs, Kik bots are a great one of finding the hottest ones.
This is just a sample of the kinds of services and stuff Kik bots currently provide. But, as we have said, there are Kik bots being created and released on the Kik Bot Shot all the time. Also, existing bots get better and more sophisticated all the time. The future looks incredibly promising when it comes to Kik bots and on this site we will keep you posted on any future developments.
So, who creates those bots? As we said in the introduction, in this article we will just talk about those bots that are available on the official Kik Bot Shop.
All the bots available there have been created by famous companies who have partnered with Kik Interactive (the Canadian company behind the Kik Messenger app). Here is a list of some of the main partners that have joined forces with Kik Messenger:
- The Weather Channel.
- Funny Or Die.
- Awesomeness TV.
The list of partners could keep going on and on as it does not stop growing.
The Kik Bot Shop
This may seem like a really obvious thing to say but, in order to use the Kik Bot Shop you will need to be registered to the popular instant messaging app. For the sake of brevity, we will assume that you already have the Kik Messenger app installed and that you have registered.
The Kik Messenger app’s Bot Shop is available both as part of the mobile app itself but also as a desktop site. If you have never used Kik bots before, we would recommend a visit to the desktop Bot Shop, as this will give you the chance to really explore all the bots available.
The first thing you will need to do is to head over to bots.kik.com
Apart from having access to the whole catalog of Kik bots, you will also be given the option to build your own bot as well as the option to download the Kik Messenger app in case you do not already have it.
Let’s ignore the “build a bot” option at least for now and focus instead on getting existing bots from the shop.
On the right hand side of the screen you will find a list of all the Bot categories available, which are as follows:
- New and Noteworthy.
You can click or tap directly on to any category you would be interested in. Alternatively, you can just check the categories that are highlighted in the main area of your screen. You will just see a section of bots for each of the categories, if you would like to see the full list you will need to either click on the relevant category on the left hand side of your screen or on the “see all” link located above everyof the highlighted categories.
If you visit the Kik Bot Shop very often, we would recommend you just check out what is “new and noteworthy”, as you will find there all the most recently released bots. Otherwise, you can just go into the relevant category and check out all the bots available.
What follows is a selection of some of the bots you can find under each category as to give you an idea of the kind of thing you can expect from Kik bots.
Entertainment Bots in the Kik Bot Shop
This category is for bots that just offer the users they interact with nothing but unadulterated fun. This means that what you are after is having a good time, this category is for you. All the Kik bots that you will find in this section have been created with the sole purpose of giving you a good time. Here is just a selection of the bots you will find in this section:
- Riffsy GIF Keyboard: if you love Gifs is this definitely the bot for you!
- Vine: The popular app is now also available as a Kik bot so you will not need to leave the Kik Messenger app to enjoy everything Vine has to offer.
- Who Done It? This bought is for those who love crime stories.
- Spock Chat: If you ever wanted to know what it was like to chat to Start Trek’s one and only Mr. Spock, this is your chance!
“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.”- Walt Disney
Lifestyle Bots in the Kik Bot Shop
Whatever aspect of lifestyle you are interested in, you are sure to find the right bought for you here. Kik Messenger’s definition of “lifestyle”, as you will no doubt find out if you visit the Bot Shop, tends to be rather inclusive. Just to give an idea of the diversity that you will find in the shop, here is a small selection of the actual Kik bots you will find under this category:
- Daily Zodiac: whether you believe in the horoscope or not, it is always fun to read what the day has in store for your zodiac sign. With this bot you will get fun daily updates.
- Translation bot: this bot is really useful when you are traveling (or planning to travel) somewhere when they do not speak English. Just give the bot the word or the sentence that you need to be translated and the language you would like to get it translated into and the bot will do that for you.
- WWF: the World Wildlife Fund is a very well known nature conservation organization. If you would like to contribute to their cause or keep up to day with environmental news, this is the bot for you.
- H&M: this bot is obviously run by the popular store of the same name. This one is strictly for fashionistas on a budget.
- The Weather Channel: ask this bot for the weather forecast where you are or anywhere else in the world. With the Weather Channel bot you will always be up to date with the weather without having to leave the Kik Messenger app for a second.
Game Bots in the Kik Bot Shop
This is possibly one of the most popular categories. You could spend hours on end playing with this bots even when none of your friends are online. Again, there is a growing diversity when it comes to the game bots you can find. Here is just a very brief selection:
- Space Adventure.
- Tickers the Bot.
- Make Four.
- Zombie Invasion.
- Flip cards.
All you will need to do to start interacting with any of the bots available is to visit the bot shop, find your bot and click on the “chat” icon next to it. It is just as simple as that.
In this article we have gone through the Kik bot shop explaining how you can use it including navigating through all the different categories. If you have any experience using the bot shop or you would like to share what your favorite bots are, please do leave a comment below.