Pigs in Space
|Pigs in Space
|Bill Aspromonte (Pastaroids), Rob Zdybel
(Checkenvaders), John Russell (Planet of the Gonzoids),
Michael Sericho (Designer), and Dave Joly (Graphics)
|The last Children's
series title to be released
Pigs in Space is oddity among Atari games, for its really not
one game, but three mini-games in one (or as Atari called it, a
tripigathlon). If you haven't guessed yet, Pigs in Space
is based on the old Muppet Show skit of the same name. You
control one of three crew members: Link Hogthrob, First Mate
Piggy, and Dr. Strangepork. Each crew member represents a
As you might have guessed, Chickenvaders is really just a Space
Invaders clone. But since Atari owned the home rights to
Space Invaders, it was an authorized clone. You control Link
Hobthrob, who must shoot the row after row of chickens before they
can land on planet Cluck (no I'm not making this up!). To
destroy the chickens you must throw link sausage at them before
the can drop eggs on your nice clean uniform (once again, I'm not
making this up!). At the top of the screen you can see Gonzo
controlling the chickens from his command saucer, you can shoot
him for points. If you get hit by an egg you'll be
transformed into a chicken and become Gonzo's love slave.
Ok... I made the part about the love slave up.
The Pastaroids game is really a clone of Telesys's
Cosmic Creeps. It's unknown if Atari unknowingly copied
Cosmic Creeps, or if it was just an unfortunate coincidence.
Anyway, the plot behind this game is that somehow Miss Piggy
has been ejected into space, and now she must fight her way back
through a deadly Pastaroid storm to get back to the ship.
Basically you must maneuver Miss Piggy around the Pastaroids
and Noodles to get to the ship before it leaves. Every time
you get hit by a Pastaroid or Noodle you get thrown back a little
bit wasting precious time. This segment is the easiest of
all the mini-games.
Escape From Planet of the Gonzoids
On the surface you'd think this was the only
truly original game of the three, but if you look closer its
very similar to the 20th Century Fox game Fantastic Voyage.
However, this time its different enough to escape being
labeled a clone. In this game you control the Swinetrek as
you maneuver your way through an abandoned pizza mine.
Along the way you'll encounter Gonzoids, strange metal
robots created by Gonzo. To defeat these robots your ship
is armed with a Boomeray, a strange weapon that shoots upwards
then falls down to the left or right. Aiming this weapon
is very hard as you must move the direction you want it to fall,
and moving around in the tight passages is a recipe for
disaster. Also, if your not careful the Boomeray will come
back at you and destroy your ship. This game is the most
difficult of the three, I can't see kids actually beating this
While none of these games would have stood a chance
on their own, putting all three on one cartridge makes for a
decent game. This was the last cartridge in the children's
series to be released before Atari decided to pull the plug on it.
Pigs in Space isn't a bad game, but its nothing special
unless you're a huge Muppet fan. Still, you've got to give
Atari some credit for attempting to make any game based off a
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||Pigs in Space PAL 8-08-83
||Final Version (PAL)
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