Once in a while a game comes along that everyone is talking about.
It’s nearly perfect in every way and includes a wide variety of fantastic elements that make it enjoyable to almost anyone. These games are rare, valuable, and unique. There’s Poop in my Soup may not be one of those games, but it still made me laugh more than any other game I’ve played in the last few months.
There’s something oddly satisfying about hitting someone innocently walking down the street with poop. There’s something even more satisfying about hitting a load of people with a load of poop. There’s Poop in my Soup is truly a diamond in the rough and features fantastically creative ways to ruin someone’s day – with poop. Its characters are strangely shaped with giant heads and long spaghetti-like limbs who flail like crazy when they’re hit with poop, but even with its flaws and weird characters it was easy to look past the simple art to enjoy the absolute ridiculousness of the game.
There’s Poop in my Soup is a very silly game where it is your goal to poop in as many ways as possible, thus crossing it off your “To-poo” list. “Taxi!!!” for example is crossed out when you fling your poop at a man driving by in a taxi. When a character is hit with poop, they suddenly start running wildly in any direction until they run into something, resulting in them flopping to the ground, motionless. The more that you poo the more people in the level that pass out on the ground and the more hectic it becomes. If this doesn’t already sound absolutely ridiculous to you, you haven’t been reading closely enough. I mean, how many times have I said poop already? I counted nine. Poop, poop, poop.
The game mechanics are quite easy but that does not take away from the strategy involved. Using the w, a, s, and d keys, the player can move their character (a redheaded butt-face child/creature) and aim your poop at characters or objects. Spacebar releases your beautiful creation into the sky to fall as it may. A line of light indicates where you’re aiming. When you reach a certain number of points you are awarded special poops that, in the first level, are giant bombs that hit anyone in the vicinity with a steaming present. My favorite part about the character design is the way that they suddenly become giant spaghetti noodles, who flail around on the ground for the rest of the level after they’re hit. So the giant poop bombs create a horrifying mania on the level. The strategy in the game is that most of your targets to poo on are moving, so you have to time it very carefully to hit your goal.
There’s Poop in my Soup features three different levels with three different to-poo lists. The New York level includes tall buildings, taxis, women with babies and old men eating soup. The Beijing level, perhaps bordering on racist, includes geisha-looking women with parasols and men with stereotypical fu manchus pulling carts. The final level is based in Paris and I, unfortunately, have been unable to get there at this point. Like I said, there’s actually a lot of strategy involved and Shanghai is tough! A few of the goals in New York and Shanghai involve hitting your target by bouncing your poo in a certain way. I have yet to master this, and therefore have two or three unmet to-poo’s which dig unpleasantly at the completionist in me.
I am also particularly enamoured with the game’s soundtrack. It features a very rockin’ groove that had me inspired to persevere and hit everyone on my to-poo list. The more people you hit, the larger your combo becomes and the louder and more intense the music becomes. By the time you reach a 5x combo you might as well be jamming at the club. The music really adds to the rest of the hilarity of this weirdly entertaining game.
So, There’s Poop in my Soup isn’t the AAA title that the world has been waiting for. It doesn’t have an intriguing story or realistic graphics, but it has a lot of other things going for it. The gameplay is hilarious and fun. Seeing characters frantically run around with poop on their face before crashing into other people causing them to ragdoll-flail around everywhere is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in weeks. There’s real strategy involved which caused me to rage quit on more than one occasion due to a badly timed poo-bomb, and the soundtrack really adds to the funny atmosphere. For anyone looking for a ridiculous game that is loads of fun, I wholeheartedly recommend There’s Poop in my Soup. I’m serious. It’s well worth the cheap price on Steam. And in case anyone was wondering, that’s twenty instances of the word poop. Isn’t life grand?