The Big Pig Game
Evan Gibbs' puzzle platformer The Big Pig Game is about a cuddly little porker's quest to find pancakes, and the food that powers him along the way. Using [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move with [K] or [Z] to jump, the goal of each level is to reach the door, though simply waddling to and fro usually isn't enough. The catch is that the food you find and eat bestows different powers on you... grapes allow you to spit seeds with [J] or [X] that can break crates, for instance, while coffee puts some pep in your step and allows you to jump farther and run faster. Just don't touch veggies, since those aren't what our little pig is after, and you'll have to restart the level if you do. The door usually doesn't open until you've gobbled up all the food, but since one food replaces another's special abilities, you'll have to plan your way through, while contending with switches, vanishing platforms, peashooters, and more.
The Big Pig Game sure is adorable in a big way, largely due to the way our little piglet animates. The way he pinwheels in panic on the edge of platforms or drops into a snoozing loaf if you don't move for a bit adds a lot of charm to the package, and the soundtrack and bright colours make it easy on the eyes and ears, too. The pig's movement is a little slow and kludgy, which is maybe understandable for a chubby piggy, but frustrating in situations where you need to move quickly. It may make you wish the game had focused more on playing up its puzzle aspects, since it's fun figuring out how to use your food powers... precision platforming with stubby hooves? Not as much as you'd hope. Still, The Big Pig Game is such a pleasant little package that it's hard not to enjoy it, and creative fun with food like cotton candy makes later levels more clever as you work your way through them. And hey, let's be honest... haven't we all wanted a game where you can dress up a little piggy in different hats? The Big Pig Game is cute, silly, platforming fun, and that's alright by me.