I wasn’t sure what to expect when I loaded up Sigi – A Fart for Melusina.
Not having heard anything about the game, I didn’t even know what genre it was. But it had ‘fart’ in the title. It was clearly going to be super high quality.
After being on Steam since last December, Sigi has just released on Xbox One and PS4, and with a subtitle like A Fart for Melusina, I was curious. Obviously. What proceeded was a very short platform game, but one that was a hell of a lot of fun to complete. And one that had a lot of farting.
Sigi is extremely derivative in pretty much every way. There are elements of Super Mario, Ghosts ‘n Goblins and even Donkey Kong Country. But with a unique character, a ridiculous hook and a big-bosomed mermaid (the titular Melusina) in place of the obligatory princess, it somehow manages to develop a character all of its own. It’s not going to win any awards for ingenuity, but against the odds, Sigi – A Fart for Melusina is far more entertaining than it has any right to be.
Set across 20 short levels, Sigi will see you battling against zombies, skeletons, bats and birds in order to reach the end point of each level. There are coins to collect along the way, along with various weapons and four golden letter tiles that spell out “SIGI” (á la Donkey Kong Country). Also much like Donkey Kong Country are the hidden entrances to caves that you’ll find by shooting at suspect-looking pieces of wall.
Every fifth level is a boss battle – a standard affair that will have you avoiding attacks and waiting for opportunities to cause damage. There’s nothing particularly taxing until you reach the game’s final boss, which seems more unpredictable rather than being actually difficult.
Sigi – A Fart for Melusina took around 45 minutes to complete. Yeah, it’s short. But for £2.99/$2.99 on Steam or £4.19/$4.99 on console, I’d wager it’s worth a punt – especially if you have an immature sense of humour. I never thought taking control of a knight that farts at the end of each level and randomly refers to things as “the dog’s bollocks” would be so much fun, but here we are. I don’t apologise for my childishness, and neither should you.