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Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly
Developed by: Pigasus Games
Published by: Degica
Release Date: Sept 17, 2015
Available on:  PC, Mac, Steam OS
Genre: Adventure
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Not rated
Price: $14.99

Thank you Pigasus Games for sending us a copy of this software to review!

Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly was successfully Kickstarted in 2013 when $24,192 was raised from its $20,000 goal.  Not only did this software promise to entertain its audience with "brilliantly designed point-and-click adventures," it also comes with the editing tools to make and publish user created content on Steam's workshop.  The intro movie and levels bundled within this software was all created by it as well.

The campaign comes with thirteen levels (and one pending) that must be played in sequential order.  Not only are these levels fun to play, they teach you about the mechanics and capabilities of this adventure game making software.  For example, you'll learn about level objectives, NPC schedules, inventory management, and so forth.  My only complaint with the campaign mode is that there is no option to save your progress within the level.  After a level is completed, the progress is saved though. 

Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly
Highlights:

Strong Points: Cute campaign story that features all the capabilities of this adventure game making software
Weak Points: Victory condition limitations; cut scene editor is not very intuitive; cannot save progress within a level 
Moral Warnings: Violence; language; frontal nudity

There are two scenarios as well, including a Halloween Prison Break and Pigasus Standalone Arena.  These modes don't hold your hand as much and are fun for players familiar with the game's interface.  Unlike the story about a cursed pig and a garden gnome in the campaign, the scenarios are standalone.  

The nuts and bolts of this software is the ability to create and share your own adventure games.  The Sandbox area lets you create actors, cut scenes, levels, and campaigns.  Sadly, half of the process is easy to do while the other half is quite cumbersome and frustrating.  

Character creation is pretty straight forward with the ability to customize human men, women and children.  There are only a few clothing and hairstyle options though.  The faces can be customized further with the use of masks, and the built in options are rather unique.  Obama, Darwin, Gabe Newell, and Mona Lisa are a few of the options available.  There are tutorials available for creating your own.  Other than humans, pig men, orcs, dwarves, and skeletons can become playable characters.

The level editor is both easy to use and frustrating at the same time.  Dragging and dropping the various objects into place is simple enough, but the level objectives are a bit limited.  I like how the AI characters and creatures will do their own thing if they're not set to a particular schedule.  Squirrels and rats will run around and explore on their own as well.  I wanted to make a token eliminate the rats level objective, but was not able to do so because of software limitations.

Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 76%
Gameplay - 15/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 2/5

Morality Score - 68%
Violence - 5/10
Language - 7/10
Sexual Content - 5/10
Occult/Supernatural - 7/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

While not as limited, the cut scene editor is extremely confusing to navigate through.  A simple task of adding text becomes complex when the text box's dimensions cannot be altered.   Adding background and music was simple to do, thankfully.  The special effects like grayscale, sepia, vignetting and adding a slideshow or projector sound effects are nice.

Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly has come a long way since its early access development and I look forward to more improvements and community submissions.  As much as my kids would probably enjoy making and playing their own adventure games, I cannot recommend this software for younger audiences.  The campaign has lots of language including *sshole, b*tch, and b*stard.  Also, there are some violent scenes with puddles of blood spreading around the victims.  Last but not least, there are a few instances of male nudity including a cartoon-like rendering of the famous Creation of Adam painting.  

While the game making utilities are still rough around the edges, there is still plenty of potential.  Fortunately, the developers have been good about updating this software on a regular basis. Adventure game lovers will enjoy the campaign and the ability to create their own games. As great as Adventurezator: When Pigs Fly would be for kids, it has many moral issues that should be taken into consideration before purchasing it for them.

 

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