Parents' Guide to

Pig Eat Ball

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gross Pac-Man take is too repetitive to be fun for long.

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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.

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