Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Do jobs, earn money, pay bills in clever arcade game.

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age 5+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not with educational intent.

Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, but progression does take some luck and strategy.

Violence
Sex

The male character has an exposed nipple when wearing a toga as a street performer.

Language

Aside from the "crap" in the name, there's no cursing.

Consumerism

The entire game is built on you doing jobs so you can pay for food and other expenses.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Our hero can buy a bottle of wine, but he doesn't drink it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket is a clever arcade game in which you've gotten your first apartment and now have to work odd jobs to pay for food and other expenses. The game uses simple touch controls, but every job plays like a mini-game, so players have to learn how to play every time. If the main character runs out of money and can't eat, he can starve, and it is possible to buy alcohol, though the character never drinks it. Note: There was no privacy policy available in the game or on the developer's website at the time of review.

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Adult Written byshawn c. May 22, 2017

Crude name

"Crap" in game's name. A nipple. Violent. No crude humor.

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What's it about?

In CRAP! I'M BROKE: OUT OF POCKET, you're a kid who just got his first apartment, and now you have to pay for it. So you go out into the world, where you work as a dishwasher, a short-order cook in a burger joint, and anywhere else you can to earn money for food, rent, and any of life's unexpected expenses. Each job plays like a mini-game: As a street performer, you have to tap the left and right sides of the screen to maintain your balance, while burger flippers have to tap the meat in mid-flight to add the buns and condiments. If you pay your bills early, you can earn bonuses. If you run out of money or food, you can starve.

Is it any good?

While it's really just a collection of simple mini-games, putting the specter of starvation and eviction over your head makes this arcade-ish life simulator a lot more fun. Originally released as a web game, Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket casts you as a kid who just got his first apartment and has to take lots of temp jobs to buy food and cover his other expenses, including some that are unforeseen. The mini-games are amusing, but even cooler, your entire life is lived in a Picasso-esque cubist world. Just don't get too distracted by the scenery. Not surprisingly, this game can sometimes be as frustrating as working a minimum wage job. The "quit" button is so big that you'll sometimes accidentally quit your job, especially when frantically cleaning plates at the diner. Also, as in life, some of your jobs are more fun than others. But for the most part, Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket is a clever collection of mini-games that motivates you to keep at it, even if the specter of death hanging over your head is cubist cute.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about managing a budget. What does Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket teach you about the importance of saving money?

  • Talk about games vs. reality. What parts of this game are somewhat realistic? What parts aren't?

  • Talk about cubist art and how this game borrows from that style. Who are some famous artists who used a cubist style like this game does? 

App details

For kids who love arcade and simulation games

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