The Turn of the Millennium
saw the release of this game, where Commanding General I. P. Grimly
guides the player and his army of pigs through a devilishly difficult campaign single-player mode
, while there's also a "free play" single-or-multi player mode.
The plot, mirroring how meaningless wars are, is as basic as it gets:
there's an island filled with swill, and your pigs' country wants it. Of course, you don't get to the island before having to conquer an entire country. Guess what the premise leads to.A sequel was
announced, but it happened when Infogrames
happened to go through bankruptcy and therefore became yet another case of Vaporware
, next to Duke Nukem Forever
This game provides examples of:
- Affectionate Parody: Of various war films.
- Amusing Injuries: When a Made of Explodium soldier dies, well, he blows up - the catch, though, is that we have a pair of smoking boots left behind.
- Badass Boast: Several, including:
- I straddle the battlefield like a mighty colossus!
- Badass Longcoat: Spy class
- Cool Shades: The Spy class again.
- Damage Is Fire
- Death from Above: Airstrikes. You can also pull off this one with a Jetpack too, if your timing is good enough.
- Downer Ending: The soldier has no house and girlfriend to go back to. The only alternative, possible solution is, of course, stick to being a soldier.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: Commanding General I. P. Grimly is either an Affectionate Parody or a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of R. Lee Ermey's Sergeant Hartman "character". See him here.
- Excuse Plot: there's an archipelago filled with food for pigs (swill). Your country wants it. Cue war.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: The pigs give these when they die, the tropes they cover could have a page of their own;
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Each one with their own color and helmet!
- Tommy's Trotters: UK, green uniforms and First World War helmets
- Garlic Grunts: France, dark blue uniforms and army caps.
- Sow-A-Krauts: Imperial Germany, grey uniforms and Pickelhaube.
- Uncle Ham's Hogs: USA, light blue uniforms and cowboy hats.
- Piggystroika: USSR, red uniforms and Ushanka.
- Sushi Swine: Imperial Japan, yellow uniforms and tropical visor caps.
- Team Lard: Developers, purple uniforms and Ushanka with horns.
- Final Death: If during a mission one of your hogs are killed, on the post-mission screen their picture will be bruised and beaten, but they remain in your squad. If however three of your squad members are killed in battle, then one of them will be permanently deceased, which means losing all your precious promotions for that soldier as well (something which the player is usually unprepared for). If four squad members are killed in battle, two are permanently deceased.
- Gang Up on the Human: The final campaign mission consists of 5 computer controlled teams (the ones you didn't pick and Team Lard) all sending their best troops to kill you. They never go after each other, though it is justified in that you've more or less taken over the world.
- Gluttonous Pig: The main premise of the game is that massive armies of pigs fight a bloody war for a continent full of swill.
- Healing Hands: The Medic class. Literally, their "Healing Hands" move is them rubbing hands together and touching the patient in question.
- Healing Shiv: The Medic also has access to a variety of these.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Starring Rik Mayall. As everybody.
- Home by Christmas: Referenced in two cutscenes.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: A veritable Hurricane of Puns about 'saving your bacon', and so on.
- Colonel Kilgore: The Drill Sergeant Nasty briefing the pigs in the intro video.
As soldiers, our job is to fight! Destroy! With guns... and bombs... and knives... and... and with YOUR BARE HANDS...! [unintelligible rabid gibbering]
- Large Ham: A few of the pigs do this. Appropriately enough.
- Messy Pig: In the comic book included with the game, an early panel depicts a family of pigs at home before they have joined the army; the living room floor is covered with small piles of excrement. A later panel depicts the pigs about to parachute behind enemy lines; one of them says that he needs to use the toilet, but the sergeant says "You don't use the toilet! You're a pig! You do it on the floor and roll around in it! We all do!"
- Mobile Shrubbery: Pigs trained in espionage can use items to hide themselves.
- National Stereotypes: See Fantasy Counterpart Culture. Then browse the appropriate stereotypes from the list. Then throw is pig-related puns and... yeah, that's basically the majority of the joke fodder for this game.
- New Game+: On completing the campaign mode as one country, you can take it back from them as the purple Team Lard.
- News Parody: When completing an area, you get the front page of a newspaper with appropriate headlines and photos depending on how well you did.
VICTORY! Tea and crumpets for leading generals!
- Punny Name: I. P. Grimly.
- Ring Out: When a pig gets blown clear out of the map, he explodes, quite undramatically.
- Shout-Out: As noted above, both the cover art and the Drill Sergeant Nasty.
- Smoldering Shoes: what's left of fallen soldiers during gameplay; outside of combat, this is also Played for Laughs in a cutscene.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The aforementioned Sousa Liberty Bell March heard in the Main Menu; the BGM for the actual gameplay also counts, because it's pretty darn relaxing in comparison to the Real-Time Strategy you have to deal with, given the time limit.
- The victory fanfare is a debatable example, depending on the interpretation: the first notes deliberately have a very bittersweet feel to them, in order to sum up the pointlessness of war in musical form.
- Super Drowning Skills: Anyone below commando level. They can swim, but even a full health pig drowns very quickly if trying to swim.
- Super Not-Drowning Skills: Pigs that rank commando or higher can swim safely.
- Take That: In the Pig Pen map, you can see a tile depicting a worm cut in half. Messily.
- Tank Goodness: There are vehicles.
- Toilet Humour: Pigs have a habit of farting when they disguise themselves.
- Trauma Inn: MASH tents and bunkers. Being in one for a set amount of turns heals a pig.
- Trick Bomb: 'Medicene Balls' and 'Poison Gas'.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill
- War Is Glorious: The opinion of I.P. Grimley, and often promoted as such through the gag propaganda films. In reality, of course, it's more like...
- War Is Hell: Parodied shamelessly and brutally.