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Pig Eat Ball

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Gross Pac-Man take is too repetitive to be fun for long.

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Positive Messages

There aren't any messages in this game; completing stages rewards players with moving onto the next stage.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In Pig Eat Ball, Princess Bow disguises herself to enter the games which determines whom she marries. Self-determination is a positive trait, but the way the game presents the action tends to override the message. 

Ease of Play

Though slightly raunchy in tone, the gameplay mechanics are easy to grasp and use. Levels are progressively challenging with more obstacles added, though the methods of completing the levels varies little. 

Violence

The game features fantasy violence with the pig, or Princess Bow, eating obstacles, vomiting to attack obstacles or foes. Death merely resets the levels. No blood or gore, but the attack isn't appealing.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are references to drinking and the use of tobacco. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pig Eat Ball is a downloadable action game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. The main character will "barf," or vomit, as a means for the central character to lose weight and squeeze through narrow openings. The swallowing and vomiting of objects can also be used to defeat opponents, and the reliance on throwing up could disturb some players. There are also mentions of drinking and tobacco use in the game.

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What's it about?

In PIG EAT BALL, King Cake has decided it's time for his daughter, Princess Bow, to get married. He devises a competition of games, with the winner earning the right to marry his piglet daughter. But for her part, Princess Bow doesn't agree with her father's decision, and disguises herself to enter the games. But there's more going on than just a marriage plot. It's up to Princess Bow to discover what's threatening life to her prospective suitors. The game features time-based games spread out over five worlds with a number of levels per world. Scoring top times earns pearls, which in turn, help to unlock new areas.

Is it any good?

Take the lure of a classic arcade game, but add gross elements to time-based repetitive gameplay and the result fails to have long-term gaming appeal. Pig Eat Ball uses elements of Pac-Man, right down to the pixelated graphics. It then takes unique characters and asks players to navigate maps that have a lot of variety but are essentially wash-rinse-repeat gameplay. The goal is to score fast times and collect pearls to move along through the worlds. The only variation here is to replay levels and record a faster time. The story offers a mild reason to keep plunging forward, but it's not a big factor driving the gameplay. Even the addition of creating levels adds a nice element, but can't override the general repetitiveness of play. 

The main concern is that the "barfing" (and there are ways to tone that down in the settings with three settings from low amounts to 'barf-fest') sends the wrong message to younger players. Want to lose weight? Barf. Can't fit through doorways, or maybe not fit into those favored jeans? Barf. This isn't a very good message to send. Plus, the online link to an unmoderated Discord chat server allows players to talk with others without restrictions, which should raise flags for parents of younger gamers. Pig Eat Ball is a minor diversion but simply doesn't have the elements to create either a friendly gaming environment or compelling game play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appropriateness of using a pig overeating and then barfing to fit through doorways. What behaviors might it endorse? Will players think it is Ok to barf to help lose weight?

  • What game elements create fun? What would make a level challenging? How can players use the skills of creating levels in other areas of their life?

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