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The Turn of the Millennium saw the release of this game, where Commanding General I. P. Grimly guides the player and their 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.

This game provides examples of:

  • 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]
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: A veritable Hurricane of Puns about 'saving your bacon', and so on.
  • Jettison Jetpack Attack: The jetpack works like this - it can be jettisoned in mid-air, dropping it like a bomb below and allowing the pig who was using it to float to safety on a parachute
  • 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 Plus: 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!
  • Permadeath: 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.
  • Punny Name: I. P. Grimly.
  • Ring Out: When a pig gets blown clear out of the map, he explodes, quite undramatically.
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...