Why I Love… Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday!

Since October is the spookiest month of the year (and I love Halloween!) I decided it was only fair that I choose something spooky for my Why I Love feature! Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday may seem like a really odd choice, but read on for why this game stands out to me! šŸ™‚

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box art.

Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday was released for the SNES in 1995. I was 9 years old, and was really good friends with a boy in my class (who eventually became my first boyfriend, though we were super young and perhaps being boyfriend and girlfriend had a much more innocent meaning!). We both LOVED video games and would always play them together, frequently trading our SNES games back and forth. We would even sit on the phone together and play the same game at the same time to see who would get further, and we would discuss the levels we were on!

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This part was cool, and the music was even better!

One game that he had that sparked my interest was Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday. I can’t recall how I first learned about it from him, but I know I watched him play it and I thought it was so neat! I had to get my own copy. That game became one of the games we frequently played together and/or talked about!

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The premise of the entire game.

One reason why I love this game is because it has a spooky theme! The whole game is, after all, based on the crazy dreams Porky Pig is having. Each level is unique and has some really weird enemies and levels. There are some truly creepy features in this game!

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This guy used to creep me out!

 

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WTF? Tweety is that you?

 

Also, the weather changes whenever you play, which is a unique feature I haven’t seen utilized in a ton of games. For instance, one time you play it may be sunny, the next time snowing, the next time raining. You never know what you are going to get! That always fascinated me as a kid, and I couldn’t figure out how they did that. šŸ˜‰

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The music in this game is pretty good too! It is sufficiently creepy and somewhat panicky sounding at times. There is one level whose music always stood out to me, and that was the music of Stage 2- Dry Gulch Town. It just had a certain weirdness to it. It was soft and almost forbidding while managing to sound somewhat cheery. It’s hard to describe, but I like it!

Ā I realize the platforming has been criticized for being too easy. But as a 9 year old kid, this game kept me interested and kept me playing the levels over and over until I finally beat the game. 22 years later, I still think about this game and think about the creepiness of the levels and characters! Now that Halloween is coming, maybe it’s time I dust off Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday and have some good, creepy fun!

P.S. I should mention, the 3rd level is just shit. It used to take me forever to figure out where to go.

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10 thoughts on “Why I Love… Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday!

  1. I had never heard of this game, but your description made it quite interesting, even if it looks like it is one of those average licensed platformers of the SNES era. Based on your relationship with the game, it is easy to see why it is special to you, and I can relate to the feeling; there a couple of games I feel the same way towards! =D

    1. Licensed games can feel rushed or uninspired at times, but I feel like with this game they tried to do something unique! It had its shortcomings but I’ve remained pretty fond of it after all these years šŸ™‚ I think we all have a couple games we feel that way for!! šŸ™‚

  2. This is a game I rarely see come up and never seem to be quick enough to get my hands on when it does! It looks pretty awesome. I’m really feeling fall and spookiness already even though October has just appeared. This would be a great game to track down and play in “the season”.

    1. You’re right… very rarely do I see this game anywhere! If you ever do see if for a decent price, definitely pick it up! šŸ™‚

      I think Fall/ Halloween is my favorite time of the year! I get so excited when October 1st rolls around. It doesn’t feel like fall outside, but I can still dream lol!

      1. Halloween is starting to grow on me. I don’t like dressing up at all, but I like the traditions that come along with the holiday. Especially pumpkin carving and dishing out candy at my home! Where I live, the trees get spectacularly beautiful around this time too. There’s something about total senescence of the world around you that’s humbling.

      2. I’m not really big on dressing up either! I just like all the spooky decorations and I love anything horror related, so it’s fun! Oh yeah I like carving pumpkins too! That’s awesome how pretty it gets this time of year for you. Unfortunately I only see the gorgeousness of fall in pictures, as the leaves don’t really change much here. Still a wonderful time of year though!

  3. Oh my goodness! Someone else who’s played this game! I enjoyed it a lot as a kid! I pretty much only played licensed games when I was younger because I didn’t know better. But I’m glad I picked this one up because I genuinely had fun with it. Who would have ever thought of Porky Pig as a platforming star? Hahaha!

    1. Yay I’m glad you liked this game too! There aren’t too many people that have ever heard of/ played this game so I’m always happy when I find someone else who has! Hey, it’s not bad that you only played licensed games! To be fair they probably were a little bit better quality back then anyway šŸ˜‰

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