Hogs Of War

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a game by Infogrames
Genres: Action, Adventure/RPG
Platforms: PC, Playstation
Editor Rating: 7.3/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 8.2/10 - 24 votes
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See also: Strategy, Funny Games

It is impossible for me to talk about Hogs Of War and not have my nostalgia goggles on. This is one of the first things that my wife and I bonded over back in the day when we were at University. That is right, some people meet their significant other at a club, a bar, or maybe a farmers market, I met mine playing Hogs Of War until the early hours of the morning!

World War Pig!

The game is set during the era of the First World War and there are different nations. The twist here is that these nations are ruled by pigs. Hogs Of War has a wicked sense of humor that I love, which in all honesty would probably have the “easily offended” brigade up in arms these days, actually, I wonder if that is why we have never gotten a remaster of this.

The Famous Six

There are six different nations that you can play as in this game. We have Tommy’s Trotters which is the UK armed forces and the team I always played as. Japan has Sushi Swine and that was the team my wife would always play as. The USA is called, Uncle Ham’s Hogs, France is known as the Garlic Grunts, Piggystrokia is what Russia is known as, and last, but by no means least we have Sow-A-Krauts who represent Germany. These are just hilarious stereotypes that still make me laugh, but I would wager some people would find them offensive in this day and age.

Here, Piggy, Piggy!

The gameplay of Hogs Of War is that of a turn based tactics game. You pick your squad and you can name your pigs if you like. You can then select what classes your pigs will be. There is a heavy gunner, medic, engineer, and espionage class and each one has its own set of weapons that they can use. The medic for example can heal pigs, the heavy gunner brings all of the major firepower. Each side gets to take a turn and that is basically how the gameplay works, it is very similar to Worms actually. There is a single-player campaign that has a fun story. The idea here is that you need to pick your nation and then take all the areas of the map until you have won them all. It is basic stuff, but for a single-player mode, it is fun. It is in multiplayer where the game really shines. You have different modes that you can play, but the mode that my wife and I have been playing for nearly 20 years at this point is team deathmatch!

So British

Hogs Of War is 100 percent a British game and that is evident from the moment you turn it on. The game has that British sense of humor and the voice acting from British comedians, Rik Mayall and Marc Silk is fantastic, if not borderline offensive with some of the “hammed” up accents that they do. The presentation is showing its age a bit. The whole game is in 3D, but these are some very basic 3D models and the maps do not exactly have a ton of detail on them. I could imagine that someone looking at this game for the first time would probably think it looks terrible.

8.5

While I will admit, nostalgia plays a big part in why I love Hogs Of War so much, the fact my wife and I still play this a few times each year says that the game clearly has something. It is a fun and charming game with a very cheeky sense of humor. I will admit that it has not aged all that gracefully, but this is a game that I still find a great deal of fun, especially when played with another person.

Pros:

  • This game has a fantastic sense of humor
  • I love the way each nation has their own personality
  • There is a fair bit of strategy required in this game
  • It is a tremendous game to play with a friend

Cons:

  • The graphics have aged very poorly
  • If you are easily offended, the characters may be too much for you

Download Hogs Of War

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Playstation

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

Here's the gist of this one: Take three to six of your best oinkers, lead them onto a 3D battle environment, blow the crap out of another army using lots of interesting weapons, and move on to the next round. The emphasis is on humor (no surprise) and strategy. Weaponry includes sniper rifles, Ripple bombs, Madness gas. Jet-packs, tanks, boats and more. Twenty-five missions and multi-player capability fill out this summer release Infogrames title.

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