Game of the Month Review: Rup Pig
Date: Sept. 1, 2000
Rup was born in a big hospital in Boston, where he surprised both the doctors and his mother. What the heck was *that*? Rup Pig's mother died the day after. At the age of 9, Rup Pig moved to a small town in Maine, called Unity. His only friend was a girl named Sally Dort. When Sally and Rup Pig escaped from school and went onto a train, Sally accidentally fell out of the train. From this moment, Rup Pig's weird adventures start...
Mrs Claus did extremely well in the IF 24 artistic hours of ZZT and his graphical talent is shown in this game. The entire game features lush graphics and artwork, with the exception of one intentionally newbie-ish-made board (which he should have left out, in my opinion). Some of the colouring is pretty amazing, too.
As for gameplay, Rup Pig offers some enemy-battling, one little mini-game and some item-hunting. The sound effects and music of the game are alright, but nothing really special. The length of the game is a definite plus - it's quite a lot of boards and it's 214k.
Rup Pig focuses on a strange sense of humor, a sense of humor that I'd almost call "DirrCo humor". It features some dirty jokes and just random funny stuff. You may not find everything amusing, but I'm pretty sure you'll find at least some parts amusing. The game itself makes little sense, which only adds to the humor part, but it makes enough sense to be understood.
Overal, Rup Pig is a nifty game that has a few shortcomings, but a lot of good points, too. It's certainly worth the download.