Bacon Escape

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Clever puzzle-like challenges make players squeal for more.

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Ease of Play

Uses simple touch controls, but gets tough as time goes on.

Violence & Scariness

Pig gets hurt; no blood, gore.

Sexy Stuff

Players use real-world money to buy in-game currency, which is then used to buy different characters, carts. Can also watch in-game ads to continue playing, which can get tiresome.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bacon Escape is a physics-related action game. While you do play as a pig who has escaped jail and is thus not setting a good example, he does so without any inappropriate behavior you'd expect a pig to do after escaping the big house. Players can use real money to buy in-game currency, which is then used to buy different characters and carts. Players also can watch advertisements to continue playing, as opposed to using an apple you earn from playing. There's no privacy policy in the game or on the developer's website, so buyer beware.

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What's it about?

In BACON ESCAPE, a no-good pig has escaped jail and is on the run ... sort of. You see, he broke out by jumping into a cart, and now he has to ride an elaborate roller coaster to freedom -- except that this roller coaster is full of hazards, such as spiked platforms, electrified traps, and so on. Your job, should you choose to aid and abed this criminal, is to tap these sections of the track so the pig can coast past them.

Is it any good?

With increasingly clever, dangerous parts for you to manipulate, this clever puzzler is fun for any prison escapee, regardless of age or species. In Bacon Escape, a pig has broken out of jail and is now in a cart on a series of roller coaster-like tracks that, presumably, are taking him to freedom -- but whoever built it is clearly sadistic, because there are parts that have spikes, electrical traps, poison gas, and even gaps that will drop poor piggy to his doom. As his protector, you have to switch these dangerous track pieces on and off so he can glide past them to safety. You can also switch some sections so they take him to different parts of the track or make him jump and grab the gold coins floating above. Oh, and did we mention that piggy's cart keeps moving even if an upcoming spiked track hasn't been swapped for a flat one? All of this makes this game feel a lot like the mine cart parts of the Donkey Kong Country games (which is a good thing, because those were often the best parts of those games). In fact, the only bummer is how, when your pig gets poked, you can't just start over right away; you have to eat some apples you've earned or watch a 30-second ad, which gets tiresome after a while. Even with this annoyance, though, Bacon Escape is still a challenging and creative game that will keep you occupied for three to five years -- less with good behavior.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how you shouldn't do the crime if you can't do the time. Do you think the pig should have escaped jail, or should he have paid his debt to society?

  • Families can talk about animal cruelty. In this game, a pig can potentially be fried, gassed, and stuck on spikes, but do you think you'd feel differently if it were a puppy instead of a pig? Or if this game weren't called Bacon Escape?

  • Talk about budgeting money. Since you can earn the apples needed to keep playing by doing well or watching ads, do you need to spend money on this game?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 19, 2017
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 99.50 MB
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: March 29, 2021

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