Jerry Glanville's Pigskin Footbrawl

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a game by Razorsoft
Genre: Sports
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 3 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Sport Games, Sports Management Games, Football Video Games

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.

Calling Plays

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.

Battle Sounds

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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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

In football, there's a fine line between the game and an all-out war, and Jerry Glanville's Pigskin Footbrawl has crossed it! This is a game designed for players who love their blood and guts more than the touchdowns! Choose your plays and then choose your weapons!

If realistic football action is what you want then go play some other game. For all out brutality, check out Pigskin Footbrawl!

People say:


What this game has to do with real football (and why Jerry Glanville would endorse it) are beyond me. This translation of the Midway arcade cult classic is extremely precise. The graphics are presented well, although there never is much on the screen. The game is fun as a two-player contest, but not overwhelming.


You really have to stretch the definition of football to include this game in the category. No matter how-it's classified, this is one fun game! Even though football is violent, this game is a killer. Forget about the rules as there aren't any! Get a friend for a two player brawl and play the game like it has never been played before!


This cart is for people who like a little football with their fighting games. The graphics are very good and the animations are humorous and well done. The game really doesn't play like football at all, but is still fun. I wasn't thrilled with playing the computer, but the 2 player mode was a blast. Pick up a spear and nail the QB for good!


What this is, is an attempt to make footbrawl. Sorry, but this is nowhere near as fun as its basketball equivalent. It has some cute animations, but it needs better player control. You cannot see where your character is some of the time, and the defense and offense is mostly left up to the computer.

Return to the primitive days of sport when football was "foot-brawl". This is an offbeat, slightly demented take on the America's favorite pastime that you may have seen in the arcades. You can literally slash your way to the goal line and burn the defense with a deep pass. Better yet just bum them period with a red-hot flaming torch! Maybe bribing the official isn't really different from real football, but you get the idea. Dodge the troll, jump the water hazard, fall through the trap door, and we'll fake it to ya!

Snapshots and Media

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots

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