“What’s so great about a game where you poop on people?” -My dad, 2016
“This game was meant for you.” -Me, 2016
“This will be your new legacy.” -Also me, 2016
Developers at Rudder Games are at it again. After their brilliant title There’s Poop in My Soup released only a couple months ago, many (or maybe just me) found themselves wondering what was next for them. Super Duper Party Pooper may not be as good as There’s Poop in My Soup, and it may not be the answer we’ve all been looking for, but with tons more to offer than their previous title and with a few improvements, it could be well on its way to poopy stardom.
Super Duper Party Pooper needs practically no explanation. The title says it all. In this poop-shooting extravaganza it’s your job to dump on as many dancing party goers as you can, but not before you eat your fill of delicious foods. You play as a mustachioed man who stands in the centre of the level, shaking his arms left and right. When a dish of food shows up in the corner of the screen you must quickly slurp it up using the A, Q, E or D keys or lose points. It plays a lot like Dance Dance Revolution or other popular rhythm games, although the timing isn’t synced very well. Having to play this way makes the game quite difficult, especially when you add the element of tapping W to pick up macaroons or S to grab a quick milkshake. This does put a dampener on things, but there’s still much more to be said.
Aside from the rhythm elements added to the game, there’s still the part that everyone loves: the pooping. In the background of your dancing character there are other dancers busting a move. When you get to the end of the rhythm section, it’s your time to shine by launching your poo at your fellow dancers in order to score as many points as possible. If you get enough points, you move onto the next level. The levels offered in Super Duper Party Pooper include Paris, China and Iceland, but there are three more available to unlock.
The newest thing that Super Duper Party Pooper includes is the ability to add your own music into the game. The idea of being able to poop on people to the rhythm of “Barbie Girl” made me more excited than it probably should have. The problem is that it doesn’t exactly work. First, you have to find the file path for your song and include the beats per minute for it. The game provides you with a website you can go to to find out the BPM of your song but by no means does it have every song ever made, so chances are you still won’t be able to find what you’re looking for. It was more than a little disappointing when I was finally able to get a song to work, and after my first failure, the game would freeze and I would be unable to play any longer without restarting. Putting the “add your own music” option into the game was a great idea, but with this game-breaking bug, it seems quite a waste.
Now, no one in their right mind would say that Super Duper Party Pooper is a flawless game, but no one in their right mind would say that it’s not brilliant in some crazy way. If you look past the mediocre graphics – which will probably be the first thing you notice – you’ll be able to see the truly fun game underneath. Of course it’d be nice if they could fix their music problem, but the game’s soundtrack is just as fantastic as “Barbie Girl,” dare I say, so it didn’t feel that much of a loss in that department. What did disappoint me most was that Super Duper Party Pooper is lacking in the place where There’s Poop in my Soup shone – the poop! There just isn’t enough… poop. Too much of the game is focused on the rhythm elements and very little on the end-game pooping. As ridiculous as that sounds, it’s the poopth – I mean truth.
For its cheap price on Steam, I still think that Super Duper Party Pooper deserves the benefit of the doubt, and hopefully since it was just released a few days ago, Rudder Games will consider improving certain elements to make the game work a little smoother. It’s far from gaming perfection, but Super Duper Party Pooper isn’t pretending to be the next AAA blockbuster. It’s a silly game about having fun – and pooping – and as long as you keep that in mind, you can’t go far wrong.