Making bacon from swine dressed in military clothing in an outrageously stylish chain reaction game
Makin’ bacon no longer means what your dirty mind thinks it does: Kamikaze Pigs will make damned sure of that. The aim is to shoot down and destroy as many pigs as you possibly can with only one shot by taking advantage of the wonder of chain reactions. The reward is a number of stars proportional to how skilful you were to be spent on upgrades. Any questions? Well tough, it’s time to kill some piggies.
Have you had bacon sandwiches in the past week? If so, where exactly do you think the bacon comes from? You probably have some naive image of an abattoir where among other animals, pigs are shuffled through and killed in a systematic and almost clinical fashion, only to be chopped up into their constituent cuts and packages in a sterile and protective atmosphere for shipping to Tesco and other supermarkets. That’s the story that any authorities will tell you, but they’re in on this prime-cut conspiracy: this goes all the way to the top. In reality, the events that unfold in Mostro Games’ Kamikaze Pigs are a more accurate representation of the earlier processes of pig processing, meaning two things: one, that you were lied to your whole life by anyone that ever told you about where your meat came from, and two: bacon is made by shooting down battalions of suicidal pigs with only one shot, causing a chain reaction and annihilating as many hogs as possible. The third option is that I’m lying to you, but we wouldn’t do that for the purpose of eccentrically introducing you to the wonderful world of Kamikaze Pigs, would I?
Starting things with a pig pun is definitely a smart move from us, but talking seriously about the game, it is truly a piece of creative mastery in almost every aspect of its being. The gameplay itself involves a certain quantity of pigs that are flying about in airborne vehicles and also in various machines like cars and tanks on the ground as well. The pigs and the vehicles they are in follow a set pattern of movement on a repeated basis, and it is your job to shoot as many of them down as possible. The restrictive element that thickens the plot like a premium-brand corn starch would a homemade gravy is the fact that you are only permitted to take one shot, and the rest is up to the laws of entropy and the chain reaction that takes place. Collecting the three stars that sit at various points on the screen also allows you to unlock upgrades for purchase between levels.
It’s Killin’ Swine
Facilitating the murderous nature of the game (it is after all a game based on the Kamikaze exploits of the Japanese during World War II – more of such games can be found here) is the ability to upgrade the properties of the different types of pig-in-vehicle on the screen. Various additions can be purchased such as a bomber managing to drop his payload upon impact, uranium tips for the shells that eject from the tanks as they are fired upon, and upgrades to the gun that you fire as well such as multidirectional rockets and massive bombs. It’s quite difficult saving up for the upgrades that you desperately want, and even if you are fully upgraded, it isn’t easy beating the forty odd levels either since this requires that you destroy every last pig and collect every last star in each level including the boss ones. That said, this difficulty shouldn’t be confused with frustrating complexity since the game is anything but complex: it simply requires a well-thought out strategy, some spot-on timing, and also a good dose of liquid luck (aka regular luck).
We fear for the other oink oink games on the internet considering the competition that they have to try and overcome here with Kamikaze Pigs. Games like Bad Piggies and even Hambo offer good alternatives but don’t have anything on this game’s supremely playful style and highly professional design/aesthetics. Though the levels can become a little repetitive, the quantity of upgrades is quite impressive and will keep you jonesing for another piggy fix for the foreseeable future.