Review written by Stephen Deck; originally published 12/17/2020 on Teacher by Day, Gamer by Night
Blood and Bacon is another dumb Steam indie game, but unlike The Last of Waifus and Simp Slayer Simulator 2K20, this one is legitimately good. It’s not amazing, but it’s a solidly fun game. It’s only a dollar, supports up to six players, and has over a hundred levels full of achievements and secrets to find. This is in a whole different tier from most of the Steam indie crap I play.
Blood and Bacon is extremely simple. You work a farmer who’s pinned to a barn wall by a pitchfork yet never bleeds to death, and every day, you take a sidearm and a main weapon and slaughter the hordes of demon pigs infesting the far. Do this 101 times. Every level is a bit tougher than the last, every ten levels is a boss, and there are the occasional “revenge” levels where you have infinite ammo to slaughter tons of evil pigs. There are a few “explore the tunnels” levels where you can explore tunnels beneath the farms after killing the pigs and find some secrets. They’ve added some stuff over time since the release, so it’s a surprisingly fleshed out and content-rich game for the price point.
The visuals don’t look great, and the sound design is solidly so-so, but for a dollar, you can’t reasonably expect too too much. You’ve got six main weapons and four side arms you can choose from. There are characters to unlock as well as some cheats that can be activated from the pause menu and secrets that can be activated from the main menu. I haven’t had a chance to play it online with anyone, but with how much fun it is to play solo, I can only imagine this would be a blast to play online with some friends.
Blood and Bacon is a pretty shallow game with no real story, one character, and a huge helping of “wash, rinse, repeat” gameplay, but it also proves that those things don’t necessarily make a game bad. When coupled with the absurd premise and literal Dollar Tree price tag, it’s actually a pretty damn good game for what you get and what you pay. I’ve sunk about three hours into the game, and I feel like getting three hours of entertainment out of a dollar is more than getting my money’s worth. Hell, I get less entertainment time for fifteen times that price if I go see a movie at a theater. Breath of the Wild gave me thirty times as many hours of entertainment but for sixty times the price. That may be a bit of an apples and oranges comparison (okay, not may be; it definitely is), but when you look at it that way, this game is fantastic for its $0.99 price tag. It may not be an amazing game, but it’s definitely a good one, and for a dollar, that’s really all you need.