Pig Eat Ball (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The King of Cake rules the space station kingdom and has a pig daughter named Princess Bow.  One day he has a contest to decide who will marry her, but she wants none of that so she dons a disguise and competes in the contests herself.  Along the way she’ll discover a threat to her kingdom and must save the day in the process. So what are these contests?  Well, you must run around mazes and eat these tennis ball-like things to win.  But when you eat a lot of them, you get fatter and can’t fit through narrow corridors.  So what do you do?  You press a button to barf up the balls so you can be thin enough to fit in the mazes again.  So yeah, it’s Pac-Man with gross bodily functions.  Yay?  Pig Eat Ball is available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

In the main story mode, you start off in a hub world.  Sometimes you must even solve puzzles in the hub world to get by.  When you come upon a clam, you can enter it and compete in a few rounds of the contest.  You’ll run around mazes and try to eat the most tennis balls in a given amount of time, and you get a ribbon depending on how well you do.  If you get too fat and can’t fit where you need to go, you can press a button to barf up the balls and then snarf them up again after becoming thin enough to fit.  If you re-eat a ball that has green barf on it, you’ll even make a gross gagging sound!  Avoid enemies and obstacles that can make you barf when you don’t want to.

At the end of a few of these rounds, you’ll compete in an arena style game with three other CPU players.  These can have a variety of rules, like breaking the most blocks, catching the most stars, etc.  Win this and the clam will give you a pearl.  Collect pearls to unlock new areas.  You can also play these arena modes in multiplayer as well, where one to four local players can try any of the arenas you’ve unlocked.

The sprite-based 2-D graphics and Pac-Man style gameplay is what drew me in to review this game, but for some reason I didn’t get into it as much as I thought I would.  Maybe because it was just so weird and chaotic.  Or maybe I just couldn’t get past all the gross barfing and gagging sounds.  Blech!  It’s not a bad game, just very gross and strange, which is saying a lot, coming from me!

Kid Factor:

Pig Eat Ball is rated E-10 with ESRB descriptors of Crude Humor, Mild Fantasy Violence, and Use of Alcohol and Tobacco.  The game is all about barfing, so yeah, there’s the crude humor.  If you get hit, you’ll cry and pieces of bacon will fly out, but that’s about as violent as it gets.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, and younger gamers may find it a bit difficult sometimes.

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