This is one of those fun little games that didn't
get too much exposure on the home front. It was made for the
Atari 2600, with a less than desirable version and it made it to
a few computers. Then it disappeared altogether from the
American consoles. It did appear on the Famicon (for anyone who
doesn't know, this is the Japanese version of the Nintendo), but
failed to make it to these shores. But now with MAME, you can
relive those joyful days of the endless struggle of the little
pigs versus the big bad wolf, or in this case, wolves.
The game starts off with a cute
little cartoon of the wolf chasing the pigs. While the animation
is pretty good, the music in the background is some of the most
obnoxious I have ever heard. From there, you are off to stop
those pesky wolves from making bacon out of you. You are in a
basket that is pulled up and down and your job is to shoot
arrows at the wolves who are coming. But it isn't the wolves you
want to hit, rather their balloons that are helping them to
descend to the ground. Pop their balloons and the wolves fall to
their deaths. Don't pop them and the wolves will run across and
climb up a ladder and sit there waiting for you to come down. If
you do come down, the wolf may snap at you and eat you right up!
Not a good thing for a piggy.
The second level throws you for a
loop as the wolves are going up instead of down. This time you
must stop them from getting up and pushing a boulder on your
poor head. Again, this is not good for a piggie's health.
Besides your basic arrows, there
is a super arrow! Get this by going up to the top of the rope
when it appears. When you shoot it, it will wipe out all the
wolves in its path. Sorta a mini smart bomb. This will aid you
and you can keep getting them. There is no limit, but they don't
always appear, so you may have to wait.
When you boil it down, it is a
fun little game. While it isn't a classic, it does offer enough
to make you want to play it a few times. I love the little
animations and even the awful music at the beginning will grow
on you. Plus, how can you not enjoy a game where you have to
save cute, little piggies?
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want
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