Bayo Bongo

Unique puzzle game best played two-handed.

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Ease of play

Players tap tiles to clear them, and can shake their device to get rid of ice tiles. The game's rapid-fire pacing lends itself to using both hands -- like a bongo drum.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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The URL for the Bayo Bongo website appears on the main menu and pops up between levels.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Very private. Players can opt to share scores on leaderboards and Facebook.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bayo Bongo is a fast-paced puzzle game in which players tap like-colored blocks to clear them from the board and collect coins as they drop to the bottom of the screen. Unlike many other tile-matching puzzle games, the blocks don't have to be next to each other to be cleared. High scores can be posted on online leaderboards or shared on Facebook.

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BAYO BONGO is easy to learn and doesn't require a whole lot of finesse to play, but it's still quite a challenge. If time runs out, it's Game Over, and the player goes back to the beginning. The goal is to see how high of a score you can rack up, and results can be shared online and through Facebook. The game lacks even the faintest whiff of a backstory, and its unique mechanics eventually prove a bit thin, but the brisk arcade-style pace keeps it from getting truly stale. The game's colorful presentation and over-the-top sound effects add to its appeal.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:September 21, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games

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