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Cunch-Line Chronicles (2020) is a simple running and jumping game with an unusual and controversial theme. It aims to depict "gritty reality of life" and tasks you with avoiding obstacles, delivering and collecting drugs and avoid the police. Its name comes from the concept of "going cunch" which denotes going to the country to sell drugs away from city Police.

In the game you tap the screen to jump while the character automatically runs. If you are caught by the police you have to pay bail to get out of prison. It's a simple game that doesn't develop beyond that simple interaction.

"Explore the urban side of the UK that they don't show you anywhere else," says the developer, who also highlights the game's multicultural characters and diverse range of individuals. In fact this kind of setting and theme is found in games like Grand Theft Auto, Mafia and Watch Dogs.

Although some schools have suggested there is a chat feature in the game, this is not true. There is no chat feature and no way a player can be contacted. Players are encouraged to share their achievements on social media as is common on other games.

Other safety organisations have highlighted the county-lines issue and quoted players as saying, "this game gave me valuable advice on how to run a cunch line and now I own 7 cunch lines and I employ 12 year old runners." This is from a comment on the Android app store that is either satire or a post to attract attention to the game rather than a genuine result of playing the game.

As indicated in the game ratings, this is content aimed at those 18 and over. Children cannot access this game if you have your parental controls configured on the smartphone. If they do play the game a useful response is to use it to engage with the topic of drugs and coercion into illegal behaviour.

More involved, enjoyable and engaging running games to try instead include Alto's Adventure and Jetpack Joyride.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Cunch-Line Chronicles 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 2 years ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure game with Action and Platform elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 2 minutes to play a round of this game.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 18.

Rated PEGI 18+ for drugs references. ESRB MATURE 17+ for drug use. It's rated 17+ on Apple App Store for Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References.

In addition to the official ratings, this game has raised concerns with online safety experts, about the game glamorising or normalising gang culture and criminal activity and potentially influence young people.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.


There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
If the police catch you, you can pay bail to continue (if you have enough) or you have to watch an advertisement.

You can purchase characters and the in-game currency (Kilos of Drugs).
  • Keisha
  • Bossman
  • Becky
  • Dynamic Duo
  • Three of a kind
  • Soldier 4000 kilos
  • Top shotta 10000 kilos
  • Tony Montana 50000 kilos
  • El Capitan 150000 kilos 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Out Now: Android and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure (Action and Platform)

Accessibility: 0 features documented

Components: 2D Side-On

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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