Now here’s a game that 99% of people probably skipped because of its name… and that’s a shame, because it’s wildly inappropriate. Not only is this not an upgraded version of Pong, it’s not really an upgraded version of anything I can think of. “Happy Pong” is a different experience.
It’s like a classic vertically scrolling shooter as re-imagined by Jeff Minter (of Atari Jaguar cult hit “Tempest 2000” fame). But the devil’s in the details. There are several skill levels, and there are four modes of play, and as much psychadelic stuff flying out at you as you can handle. If you can’t, or simply don’t want to, choose then there’s the option to “Surprise Me” where it randomly picks the mode and the difficulty.
Absolutely surprising, and a great buy for $1.
Here’s what the developer (Anthony Popp) has to say about the game:
“What would you call a game with Happy Balls, Evil Campers, BOSS, and Doom? What would you call a game with six-pack Machine Guns, bonus ball Chicken Legs, life giving Bacon, and Mad Cow Disease? What would you call a game that has 4 game modes, 4 difficulties, 10 customization features, 3 music tracks, and 12 digit high scores? You would call it Happy Pong and that is what it is all about!”