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The Big Con (2021) is coming of age adventure game where you break the law to make your way in the world. You play a curious high schooler who ditches band camp to go on a cross-country road trip to save her mum's video store.

Play involves exploring the world, talking to characters and collecting/stealing the things you need. Things get increasingly uneasy as you swindle strangers, pickpocket passers-by, and con commoners across a wacky America of the ‘90s. The crux is deciding who deserves to be conned and who might need help. Your decisions have consequences not only for the other characters but for you.

As you progress you learn how to wear disguises, sneak around, eavesdrop on conversations, and carefully approach each mark. You need money to progress, but it's up to you how you get this. Maybe you'll focus on pickpocketing. Or maybe try breaking and entering, smooth-talking, and picking locks.

The game delights in recreating the '90s era. But there's also a weighty story at the heart of things here. You are breaking the law, but doing so to save your mum's video store. The tension here is palpable and the game manages to carry this off because Ali is both believable and likeable.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked The Big Con 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 2 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Point-and-Click game with Collecting, Narrative and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing. This game features the use of bad language, during on-screen text conversations, including '*!@?*', '*!@?*' and '*!@?*'. The player's character has to pickpocket non-player characters in order to raise money. This is done by playing mini-games and there is no physical interaction or violence.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although the game suggests things will get complicated, things stay pretty simple and ideal for younger players.


The Big Con usually costs £9.99 to £12.79.

The Big Con

XBox Store Xbox X|S £10.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £10.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC £10.74 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Switch Store Switch £10.99
Steam Store PC £12.79
PlayStation Store PS5 £9.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £9.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/08/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click (Collecting, Narrative and Stealth)

Accessibility: 28 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon

Developer: Mighty Yell (@MightyYell)

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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