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Bendy in Nightmare Run

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Clever endless runner adds new twists to chase gameplay.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls but isn't easy and gets progressively more difficult as you proceed.

Violence & Scariness

Bendy throws bricks, axes, and other things at his enemies, who shoot at him, throw barrels at him, and, if they catch him, eat him and leave him looking battered and bruised. But all of this is done in a cartoonish way, and there's no blood or gore.

Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

Players use cans of bacon soup to keep playing when they're hurt, which can be earned through playing or bought with real money. Players can also purchase t-shirts, posters, and other items from the in-game store.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bendy in Nightmare Run is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices. In this endless runner, players can toss axes, bricks, and other items at the giant chest chasing them. In turn, the chest tosses barrels at the player, or shoots other objects at him, and if the player is caught, he's eaten by the giant chest and then shown looking the worse for wear. But this is all done in a very cartoonish way, and there's no blood or gore. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game. When defeated, players can keep their progress on a level going by using cans of bacon they've earned by playing or bought with real money in the in-game store, which also sells t-shirts, action figures, and other fun stuff for the character. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Like other endless runners, BENDY IN NIGHTMARE RUN doesn't have a story. You have no idea why Bendy is running away from a giant chest, or what the scenario is that has placed Bendy in a sprint for his life. But given that this massive box has rows of sharp teeth, tentacles for arms, and keeps shooting objects at you, it's not hard to see why Bendy is motivated to run away. Players will throw bricks, axes, and other items at enemies in his path, and will need to dodge obstacles to keep ahead of the chest. As you proceed, you'll collect cans of bacon that can be used to continue your run. Can Bendy escape his nightmare?

Is it any good?

Thanks to some clever new mechanics, and an old school cartoon look, this endless runner game is more fun than most. In Bendy in Nightmare Run, the main hero is running away from a giant chest that has sharp teeth, wiggly arms, and a burning desire to do harm. Using your fingers to swipe up, left, right, and down to move in the corresponding direction, you have to avoid being hit by his guns and the barrels he tosses at you, while gathering cans of bacon that can, well, save your bacon. But unlike most endless runners, where the objective is to not get caught, this game puts a new spin on things by letting Bendy grab axes, anvils, and other items he can throw at your enemies. At first glance, it would seem like it could eliminate the challenge, but it helps that the chest can take a fair bit of punishment before it finally gives up.

Further adding to the fun, the game has the old school look of a 1930s black & white cartoon. Admittedly, if you've never been a fan of this kind of game, the new mechanics and old looks won't change your mind. But if you do like jogging, jumping, and throwing things at jerks who won't stop chasing you, Bendy in Nightmare Run is a fun run.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Is the impact of the violence in Bendy in Nightmare Run affected by the fact that the visuals are cartoonish? Do you think you'd feel different about throwing objects at enemies if they were human? Why do you think that is?

  • Does it make sense to spend money on Bendy in Nightmare Run when you don't need to, because you earn credits for playing? Or, conversely, should you spend some money on a game you like so the people who made it can make more games you like?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 15, 2018
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 794.60 MB
  • Publisher: TheMeatly Games Ltd
  • Version: 1.4.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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