Miss Piggy's Wedding
|Miss Piggy's Wedding
|Miss Piggy's Wedding was
advertised in Atari catalogs.
One of the lost titles most people were sure existed somewhere, Miss
Piggy's Wedding finally surfaced in 1996. Part of Atari's Muppets line
up along with Pigs in Space, and Kermit's Homicidal Rampage (ok, so I
made the last one up), Miss Piggy's Wedding was one of the few Atari games
aimed at squarely at young girls (or very confused little boys).
Unfortunately both versions that have surfaced to date are woefully incomplete,
and we can only begin to imagine what the final product would be like.
Miss Piggy's wedding was announced in several Atari catalogs, but
was dropped when Atari cancelled the Children's series.
Miss Piggy's Wedding is a maze game in which one player controls Miss
Piggy and the other player controls Kermit. The story line says
that Kermit has had second thoughts about marrying Miss Piggy (gee I don't
know why), and so he's decided to make a run for it. Miss Piggy
will have none of this, and has decided to track down poor Kermit and
force him to marry her. Kermit must maneuver his way through the
church and make his way to the cab waiting for him at the bottom of the
screen (I guess he thought about this ahead of time).
While Kermit is wandering the maze, he'll encounter wedding
guests (the blocks), which will attempt to block his path. Kermit
will also find a key that randomly moves through the maze, touching the
key as Kermit will cause the entrances on the top and bottom of the screen
to open (allowing Kermit to make his getaway) and touching the key as
Miss Piggy will cause them to close (trapping poor Kermit in the church).
Gonzo (the minister) is present at the top of the screen, but doesn't
seem to do anything in this version.
Unfortunately this is where the fun ends, because the rest
of the game is unfinished. Kermit can never escape the maze, and
if Miss Piggy catches him with the church doors closed the game freezes.
Its obvious that there was still a lot of work to be done, such
as the game endings (Kermit escaping or Miss Piggy catching Kermit), Gonzo's
role in the game (he doesn't do anything yet), and some graphics work
(the graphics are still very rough). There are also a few glitches
in this version such as Gonzo's graphics glitch when Miss Piggy or Kermit
move to the right.
It's unknown whether a more complete version exists, or
when work was stopped on this title. The final game may have been
mildly amusing for children, but is no great loss for regular gamers.
Still, Miss Piggy's Wedding is an interesting attempt at a two player
competitive game in a time when one player games were all the rage. Until
a more complete version is found I'll withhold judgment on this title.
||Early version with a slightly different
||Middile version with little gameplay
||Miss Piggy 6-24
||Later version with some gameplay elements
to 2600 Software