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Pig Newton - February 5, 2000 by TwinBee
Game:Pig NewtonCompany:Sega
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

Pig Newton is a tough platformer in which you play as a pig, stranded in a tree trying to avoid hungry wolves. The wolves are hacking away at your tree with axes, but you, being the intelligent pig that you are, can delay them from carrying you off to dinner by dropping apples on their heads. I say delay in stead of prevent because this game is missing two essential elements for platform games : a title screen, and an ending. There is no way to “beat” Pig Newton in the traditional sense(the action just gets faster and faster), but you can get onto the high score board. Strangely, they do have a high score board, but no title screen. The game just cycles through attract mode and high scores.
In addition to the basic plot there are various other obstacles that add to the difficulty and increase the fun. First of all, some very annoying squirrels knock you off branches, get in your way, and throw nuts at you. The controls also become very frustrating very quickly. I had numerous controller problems in a 10 minute game. Sometimes, for instance, I would press up while not on the trunk of the tree and I would find the pig going left. Other times I would accidentally hit down and drop into the wolf’s captivity (and probably stew once the character got off screen- I suppose it was considered too violent to cook the protagonist in 1983 video arcades). Sometimes, but rarely, the controls would freeze altogether for up to three seconds. Something that makes it a bit more addictive are the bird nests—there is one at the end of each branch, which birds visit and lay eggs in about once every five to ten seconds. The player can rack up major points collecting these eggs, but dies if he touches one of the birds.
Altogether Pig Newton is a cheesy but very addictive game. It’s not a major release, so one shouldn’t expect to find it in classic gaming arcades, but perhaps pizza eateries or pool halls. The graphics are somewhat good for 1983 raster, the challenge is increasingly overwhelming as you advance, the controls are close to horrid, the performance is fairly impressive for a 3.8 MHZ z80, and the fun grows on you as you play. In my opinion, Pig Newton can be summed up in the slogan of a popular board game : ”A minute to learn, a lifetime to master”.
Graphics
5
1
Sound
Play Control
3
6
Challenge
Replay Value
8
5
Performance

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