How the hell do you start with a game that is so random? Well, let’s try and explain. Pig Eat Ball is a top-down, action-adventure about eating, getting fat and barfing on things to solve levels.
Developed and published by Mommy’s Best Games, you play as Princess Bow, a pig who is the daughter of King Cake – a ruler with a human body but a cake for a head! King Cake is running a contest where the winner will marry Princess Bow. She doesn’t want to get married so she puts on a disguise to enter the contest herself. Along the way, she discovers a plot that threatens all life aboard the Space Station Kingdom. Can she get to the bottom of things before it’s too late and win the Royal Games at the same time?
The objective of the games is to get all the pearls from the clams spread around 5 different space stations by competing in a series of events. Each substation has a specific theme, for example a sushi garden. To complete each level you have to eat all the tennis balls. As you eat them, your piggy princess will get fatter and fatter, and if there is a section that is too small, well… you have to puke up balls to squeeze through and then… re-eat them. How did they come up with this?! There is also a subplot going on with the Dean of the Space Station Kingdom, who is a very clever monkey trying to prevent certain doom from a gravity well. The randomness keeps on coming!
Now, I have played some peculiar games in the past, and this is definitely up there for weirdness. The art style of game is very cartoon like, which fits the story line well. It is vivid, colourful and imaginative – for instance, when you get hurt instead of bleeding blood its bacon and confetti. Each level is brilliantly crafted, with the goals for completion and mechanics as you progress changed up along the way. While we’re on the topic, it should be noted that whilst some areas must be finished within a certain time limit or without taking too many hits, most of them are impossible to fail. You do earn either gold, silver or bronze depending on how fast you completed it and items you pick up can help make levels easier. Alongside, there’s the ability to pick up different disguises that give different benefits which helps make some of the more difficult levels easier.
Onto the music – it works wonderfully. It fits the theme very well and it’s catchy, with tracks that go along with the different substations you play. The sound effects have a great punch, as do the graphics, with charming sounds such as barfing…
This game was one wild and weird ride. I found myself wanting to keep playing through the levels finding out what was next and what kind of wacky theme they will come up with for the next area. Whilst you have to puke up to get through parts of the levels, you can also puke on demand just for the fun of it, for example puking on little guys called Pillbug which will cause them to puke up in turn!
Boss fights are some of the most creative elements – there are unique characters and the mechanics you need defeat them varies. There is also a party mode which involves random mini games selected from the main game to be played with up to 4 players, or even bots. It is an added touch to the game to increase the longevity and suits if there is more than one of you and you want something different.
You’re a pig, and you must eat tennis balls. It’s like Pac-Man on drugs. It very random and super fun! Well worth checking out if you fancy something a little… different.
This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox One. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by the publisher.Want to keep up to date with the latest Xt reviews, Xt opinions and Xt content? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.