Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig)

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Decent platforming game that came from a viral YouTube hit.

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Ease of Play

Getting the hang of the controls takes some practice, since you sometimes need to do things in a precise order. Also, if you miss one banana, your multiplier falls to zero, keeping your score low. 

Violence & Scariness

The worst that happens is your monkey falls off the pig. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig) is an app that was born from a YouTube video featuring, well, a baby monkey riding backwards on a pig. (Really! See it yourself.) That video (and the accompanying song by Parry Gripp) became a viral sensation and led to this arcade game that's actually pretty fun for kids. The game might be a little frustrating to control, but with the song playing constantly, kids don't seem to mind. Parents, though, might not be able to get that song out of their heads. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

You have to approach Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig) with your tongue firmly in your cheek. Based on the YouTube hit video and featuring the catchy can't-get-it-out-of-your-head-no-matter-how-hard-you-try song by Parry Gripp, it weaves in plenty of other Gripp's YouTube creations (like Nom Nom Hamsters and Space Unicorns). It's cheesy and fully embraces its ridiculousness. 

The real joke is the game isn't a bad one. It's a standard platform jumper and suffers from a lack of variety (you constantly have either the pig, monkey, or both jumping to grab bananas). The controls are a little complicated, though, and the game isn't very forgiving of mistakes, yanking away the multiplier that boosts scores when you miss a single banana. And all the while, you'll be listening to the semi-annoying, but catchier than it has any right to be Baby Monkey song, which you'll carry with you long after you stop playing the game. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: August 3, 2011
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Size: 10.60 MB
  • Publisher: Kihon Games
  • Version: 1.01
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: June 22, 2019

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