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Blurbs for Friends: Panic Volcano’s Makin’ Bacon

posted Jul 27, 2012, 10:48 PM by Douglas Sun
Originally posted: January 25, 2011

Just wanted to put in a good word for Panic Volcano (meaning Matt Colville and his colleagues) and their new iPhone game, Makin’ Bacon, which made its debut in the iTunes App Store about a week ago. No, the game isn’t about that kind of making bacon, and I’ll ask you to get your mind out of the gutter, thank you very much. By drawing your finger across the screen in a motion like like chopping with a cleaver, you dice pigs into sausage and bacon and chicken into eggs as they are lobbed up into the screen like skeet. If you don’t get them before they fall back off the screen, you get a strike for each one you miss; three strikes and the game ends. After a little time to let you acclimate to that challenge, cockroaches pop in at the edges of the screen, and you have to touch them to squish before they disappear. At about the same time, you’ll find cats popping up as well as pigs and chickens; cleave a cat and you get a strike (sound cues will help you spot them in time). After a while, the cats mingle more closely with the pigs and chickens. But achieving intermediate goals, like squishing a certain number of cockroaches, will erase strikes and help you extend the game. That’s pretty much how it works.

I’ll admit that I’m not a connoisseur of arcade-type games, but I found the conceit charming and the challenges both suitably varied and admirably well-calibrated so that they never really outstrip your comfort level with the gameplay. It’s as good a game as you’re going to get for a 99-cent app. And I’m not just saying this because I tallied a new personal high score a moment ago (442 — beat that!). Take a flyer on it, and if you like it, please review it an put in a good word.