Too Long; Didn't Play: There's Poop in my Soup!

Sponsored By: My wife

Time Played: 28 minutes

Colace Review

I can’t put it any better than my son did, and I quote:

“Angry birds? More like Angry Turds!”

#proudfather

Metamucil Review

Welcome to your regular, scheduled TL:DP review!

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Sometimes I wonder if I like my reputation as a contrarian more than is healthy. To the outside observer it must look like I try awfully hard to maintain it. You'll just have to take my word for it that it's not put on. I like what I like, and how can I help it if what I like is weird?

Take There's Poop in my Soup, for example. I kind of wanted to hate it, just to avoid the pigeon hole I've carved out for myself. Nope. No such luck. There's Poop in my Soup is a fun game. Once again, I give the appearance to deliberately trying to be odd.

Oh well. At least I get a fun game out of it.

There's Poop in my Soup is a game where you play a character with a rectum for a mouth. He is, understandably, unhappy about this, so he takes out his frustrations at the world by spitting on passers by from his balcony.

Of course, since his mouth isn't a mouth, he's not exactly “spitting” per se, but this is a family website (or at least one that strives to be work-safe), so I won't elaborate further. Or, I will, but I’ll avoid certain words that might trigger your company firewall.

The reactions of the street denizens are hilarious, no two ways about it. Hit them, and they go running off pell-mell until they collide with something and collapse in a heap, serving as an obstacle for the next person you hit, who will run off and trip over the first person, leading to a smelly pile of humanity in the street. Sometimes the physics goes wonky too, and the people’s necks stretch wildly and their heads bounce around like a caffeinated ping pong ball in a vacuum cleaner. I’m choosing to believe that’s deliberate, because it’s so funny.

I love a game with a combo multiplier that rewards skill-based performance, and that's pretty much all this game does. You get points for hitting things on the street below, and you get more points if you hit those things consecutively without hitting the street.

There's Poop in my Soup realizes it probably couldn't hold a player's attention solely through a premise that could be described as “Matt Stone and Trey Parker present backwards Kaboom!” Sure, they give you three cities to dump on, each with unique people to dump on, but there's not a lot of variety even then. So, in addition to comical score-chasing in exotic locations, there's a skill-shot system. For example, bank a log off of an awning and into a trash can to earn points toward new abilities.

Special abilities are stage-specific, and hilarious to someone with the sense of humor of a seven-year-old. Fortunately, I have a son who is seven years old, so I have an excuse. I'd like to tell you that my laughter is solely a function of how infectious my son’s laugh is, but why should I start lying to you now, after all these years? No, I have to be honest and own up to the fact that I like a good fart noise as much as any third grader. I like to think of it as indulging my inner child.

I'd tell you what the various special abilities are, but I don't want to ruin the surprise, or your appetite for lunch. Suffice it to say they are all exactly as disgusting as they need to be for a game like this.

The real surprise is how fun the game actually is. The mechanics are simple to grasp, but still challenging. You can spam your way through the achievements, like how I play ool, or you could play it methodical and work the angles, like how normal people play ool.

No that’s not a typo. There is no P in that ool, and I’m trying to keep it that way.

On that note, I should probably wrap this up.

Will I play regularly?

This one is worth coming back to. It has a lot of replayability, especially once you realize that you can reset the achievements and try to get them again. It’s fun to crap all over various towns, watch the people run in all directions, and listen to the bizarrely suitable trance music that plays as your combo meter grows.

If nothing else, it’s something I can do with my son.

Father of the year!

Is it the Dark Souls of poop jokes?

I finished the whole game – with the exception of a few achievements left to grind out – in about an hour, so no. Whatever genre this game falls in, it’s not the Dark Souls of it.

It’s still fun in a goofy way, provided you don’t mind your Steam profile telling everyone that there’s poop in your soup when you load the game.

Comments

So you said you played with your son. Would you say this game is appropriate for a 10-year-old?

Or is that their target audience?

Alz wrote:

So you said you played with your son. Would you say this game is appropriate for a 10-year-old?

Or is that their target audience?

My son is 7. I think there are some achievements that skirt the edge of inappropriate, but they sailed right over his head. There's no swearing and no nudity, and everything is very cartoony.

I hope that helps.