Hambo

 

Learning(i)

Seemingly cute kids app has cartoonish but violent premise.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game ramps up the difficulty very gently, and players can advance to level 30 and above without too much difficulty. There's no time limit on levels, letting players plot their actions at their own pace. 

Violence

The entire point of the game is for the player's pig to shoot other pigs, using a variety of weapons, including a pistol and Uzi. When other pigs (who do not attempt to provoke the hero in any way) are killed, they explode into a rack of pork ribs, a BBQ sandwich, a can of SPAM, and their skulls. Technically, there's no blood, but it still is a bit much for young kids. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can buy in-game currency using real money to help them skip levels, learn solutions, or buy new costumes. (Players, however, can earn those coins in game.) The game also occasionally shows ads for other titles between levels -- even in the paid version of the app. A can of SPAM explodes from pigs when they've been hit.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hambo is an action shooter that disguises itself as a cute kids' game. While not bloody, the goal of the game is simple: Shoot other pigs and giggle as they explode into spare ribs and spam. The app uses cartoonish, cute characters as part of its appeal, but young children might be drawn to those without realizing the game is meant for an older audience. Hambo also features in-app purchases, though they are not forced down the player's throat -- and players can advance in the game by earning coins through gameplay. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • physics
  • gravity
  • momentum

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

What Kids Can Learn

Hambo wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • physics
  • gravity
  • momentum

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Hambo wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

As the hog mercenary Hambo, players will attempt to kill other pig soldiers using guns and other weapons. To do so, they'll need to aim their weapons with their fingers, while their targets typically stand still. Often, they'll need to shoot through barriers (such as glass ledges) and kill an enemy as they fall, or bounce bullets off of steel girders to kill the other pigs. Along the way, they can dress in various comical costumes (though those have no effect on gameplay).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

At the risk of mixing animal metaphors, HAMBO is something of a one-trick pony. Its levels are fairly simple, but catchy -- and while adult players might feel like they've seen this before, they're designed well enough to keep you playing. 

It's the theme of the game that might give some pause. While Hambo is simply a lark, there's something cannibalistic about a pig turning other pigs into SPAM and sandwiches that could bother some people. Others might find the scoring a bit odd (your score seems almost randomized at times, regardless of your performance). But as far as quick diversions go, it's still a fairly fun one. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free-$2.99
Release date:May 16, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:23.40 MB
Publisher:Miniclip
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byBrady Fisher January 17, 2013
age 8+
 
LEARNING

hambo

Its only pigs and not real people so it should be fine for your kids
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byA t-Rex April 16, 2014
age 7+
 
LEARNING

Good game, gets your mind working

The game is a like a puzzle-shooter with pigs, that gets your mind going to complete levels. If you ask me, it's better than angry birds, because it's a pig shooting other pigs, unlike angry birds, which is birds committing suicide to kill pigs. There's a big difference.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence

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