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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


The Big Con 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.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/08/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Stealth

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Mighty Yell (@MightyYell)




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

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Mild Swearing.

Skill Rating

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 £10.74 to £10.99.

The Big Con

XBox Store Xbox One £10.74
XBox Store Xbox One £10.74
Steam Store PC £10.99

The Big Con - Grift Of The Year Edition

Switch Store Switch £10.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our The Big Con Accessibility Report documents 25 accessibility features:
You can toggle the pickpocketing mini-game off, turning it into a single button press. You can toggle an invincibility mode in the Rad Skater mini-game. Eavesdropping visual hints can be toggled on and off.

You can find Rad Ghost in any level to help explain what your main goals are to complete each level. The Notebook feature lets you check current objectives and hints if you've missed anything.

You can choose between default fonts and 2 easy-to-read options (Open Sans and Open Dyslexic). Also, prompts for interactive items like doors and pickups are accompanied by animated icons.

You can turn off background patterning and movement during dialogue segments to minimize distraction.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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