Cheap Shot: H1N1 Swine Flu Resistance

Although the swine flu’s menacing days have mostly gone the way of SARS, it’s apparently never too early to poke fun at a pandemic-induced pandemonium.

Even at $.99, however, Swine Flu is about as hammy as a Uwe Boll flick. Pigs riding on rockets (piggyback style?), descending from the heavens in balloons, releasing toxic vials of the H1N1 virus, and exploding in a shower of bacon… come on, what’s not to like here? Well, the game, as a matter of fact.

That’s definitely not kosher.

30+ levels of swine splattering is way more than we cared to play. After an hour at the trough of this Missile Command rip-off, we had our fill. Don’t be deceived by the cleverly changing background scenery or the addition of a few measly power-ups. There is no point halfway through the campaign where it “gets good.”

We tried to develop an emotional attachment for the helpless CDC scientists as they scrambled about on the ground in search of a cure, or anything for that matter to make fighting off the piggy onslaught somewhat manageable. We’re sorry to say, there was no motivation to keep playing this undercooked ham hock.

We suppose that if you have an insatiable hunger for all things pork or are seeking revenge for what the swine flu has done to you personally, you might take to this like a pig to mud. For the rest of you, though, you’ll want to steer clear of this as much as the actual outbreak. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have to go get our shots.

Editor’s Note: Cheap Shot is a new review feature where we pick a game that costs $.99 or $1.99 and give it the quick review treatment. While you won’t find a 1-4 score or our usual pros and cons, you will get a direct assessment of the game based on a one-hour playthrough. You’ll still find our full-length, regular reviews for other games.

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