Razorsoft and Jerry Glanville have taken football back to its savage but hilarious roots. A conversion of an arcade favorite, Pigskin Footbrawl is every bit as brutal for your Genesis. Think football with medieval weapons and no penalties, and you've got the basic elements of this game. If you don't mind violence, this game's a scream.
More Than One Way to Skin a Pig
Either one or two footbrawl fanatics can play Pigskin. To vary the difficulty, you can select the speed and number of players for each team. You can choose between Pigskin or Pro Pigskin. Pro's players are more intelligent, aggressive, and bloodthirsty.
ProTip: To evade computer-con-trolled opponents, run your ballcarrier around trees, walls, and water holes.
Guts and Glory
Pigskin is a side-view game that displays a section of the field from a sideline perspective. As the ball moves, the field scrolls right or left to catch the action. The game is played on two fields: Outdoor for the first half and Indoor for the second. Outside, you and your teammates dodge fallen trees, hay bales, rocks, and ponds. Indoor fields feature tables, chairs, stocks, and pits. Throughout the game, your characters can pick up weapons, such as axes, throat clamps, and spears, to use on the opposing team. The graphics are pure slapstick, featuring cartoony animations of goofy characters and gruesome acts. Fortunately, the humor isn't overshadowed by the violence, and the bumbling ball-carriers will make you roar with laughter.
Be sure to pick up any weapons you see. They come in handy for the big fights.
The controls are generally responsive and definitely creative. Controlling your footbrawl players is hard work. Each player can only control his team captain. The other teammates will respond to three attitude adjustments: Get The Ball, Man-to-Man, or Bad Attitude. To successfully score a touchdown, you must choose the best attitude for your team's situation. If you choose Bad Attitude (Jerry Glanville's favorite setting), your players will often participate in savage battles (Grapples) with the enemy team. A Grapple is usually won by the team with the most players involved in the fight. However, if you happen to pick up a concealed weapon, your team will reign victorious.
If your team is suffering from a big point deficit, the crowd will send in a troll. Use them to your advantage. They are both stronger and smarter than the average players.
Punching is this game's substitute for blocking, and it's used in the same manner. Passing and kicking are a little risky, since you often pass to a receiver off-screen.
The most graphically chilling part sound. It features realistically digitized grunts, screams, and hollers as your players hit obstacles, get into fights, and fall into pits. If you've got a heart, you'll probably want to play without sound.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Pigskin is a curious mix of violence, humor, and football that makes for an entertaining roll in the mud, especially in two-player mode. Without the depth of control of a straight football simulation, Pigskin's charm may wear thin after several games. But as pure, mindless entertainment, Footbrawl is where it's at. If you dig sin, jump into Pigskin.
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