The Sega Master System received a new homebrew launch this week with the launch of Flight of Pigarus, an impressive-looking caravan shoot ’em up by Kagesan.
Players take on the role of Pigarus, a snout-nosed fellow possessed of distinctly porcine qualities, but with one small difference: he can fly!
Equipped with a pair of feathery wings, our piggy pal must fly combat sorties against all manner of deadly foes, including cows, chickens, woolly sheep and all other manner of other farmyard monstrosities. Players can choose to play either a 2 minute or 5 from the main menu, with sole objective being to accrue as many points as possible in the allotted time.
In addition to maintaining air superiority, Pigarus can increase his score by strafing ground targets. Crates, haystacks and urns can be demolished for additional points, while wooden chests release rupee-styled gems, all of which add extra points to the player’s score.
It’s also possible to increase the power and spread of Pigarus’ main attack by collecting power-up tokens released when certain containers get destroyed.
While the game only features a couple of levels, the production values are impressively high. The graphics are easily the equal of most commercial titles for the system, being something of a cross between the Legend of Zelda and Konami’s Pop’n Twinbee, all mixed up with a dash of Animal Farm!
Despite the fact the game will only ever last 5 minutes tops, there’s something undeniably charming about Flight of Pigarus, something that should keep you entertained on your lunch-break!