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Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig) offers truth in advertising

When you first saw the now-famous video of a baby monkey riding backwards on a pig, doubtless a lot of things went through your head: perplexed delight, envy, the desire to own your very own baby monkey riding on a pig. While this option is available to almost none of us, Kihon Games' debut title, Baby Monkey (Going Backwards on a Pig), offers the opportunity to control the pint-sized twosome over a series of adventures that surely were cut from the initial video only for reasons of brevity.

Now, because we're all experts in the gamer psyche, it's a safe bet that a contingent of you are rolling your eyes and tut-tutting vigorously and shaking your fists abjectly at the screen, vainly attempting to will this thing out of existence: how dare games get made of an Internet meme? Is this what the world's come to?

But remember that in the 90s, there was a best-selling videogame about a soda mascot and the SNES nearly had a game about the President's cat; and that the only reason Capcom scrapped its game about an incredibly racist team of cartoon raisins was that in those days, the time it took to develop and release a game meant the buzz had died before you could get the box-art mocked up. We live in a brave new age, when the weight of an idea is enough to turn it from “bizarre video beloved by fwd-happy aunts” to “Internet-hipster music-video” to “99 cent iPhone game” in no time at all. We're but pre-evolved passengers clinging to the back of avaricious, relentlessly-galloping progress – and while we can only see what's behind us, all we can do now is hold on and enjoy the ride.

Today, friends, we are all baby monkey riding on a pig.

Aug 9, 2011

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GDC

8 comments

  • Robusken - August 10, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    It looks like an average runner iphone game...moving along.
  • DarkTone - August 9, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    Angry Birds exists. Nothing shocks me anymore.
  • rancid92 - August 9, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    Love the metaphor at the end.
  • 510BrotherPanda - August 9, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    Based on the position of the baby monkey, this looks to be a score attack version of Yoshi's Island, combined with the headbutting of stuff like Robot Unicorn Attack.
  • AndyJack55 - August 9, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    No hate here. It's a super cute, fun game. And they didn't "rip off" the video. They made it with Parry (if you see his YouTube video, you'll see that). A buck is a small small price to pay to keep my woman happy.
  • jackthemenace - August 9, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    I don't OWN an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, but both of my sisters do. I''ve got a good feeling I can use this to get them into hardcore gaming...
  • db1331 - August 9, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    At least these guys only stole the idea of their game from a video and not another game like the Angry Birds guys. I'm amazed that people actually buy shit like this though. I'm aware it's only 99 cents, but fuck. THIS is what's bringing about the death of consoles and 20+ hour games?
  • Zepaw - August 9, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    Seems like the typical $1 iPhone game I will buy because it is a buck then enjoy for a short bit and remove from my device to the dank dungeoun of neglected dollar games.

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