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In-game screenshot
Platform(s)Arcade, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, MSX, Amstrad CPC, Sharp X68000, PS4

Butasan (ぶたさん) (also known as Mr. Pig and Pig and Bombers) is a 1987 arcade game developed by NMK and Jaleco.


The player controls a pig and the aim of the game is to blow up other pigs by throwing bombs at them. The bombs are randomly spawned across the map and can be picked up and thrown at the other pigs. The bombs are given a number between 5 and 30; when the bomb is thrown it takes that number of seconds to explode. Bombs which directly hit pigs explode on contact. Various power ups are available throughout the game such as gas that makes all other characters fall asleep.

A bonus sub-game involves random pigs popping out of holes, and the player must knock them back down the hole with their own pig, in a similar mode of gameplay to Whack-a-mole.

Review scores
Sinclair User59%[2]
Your Sinclair8/10[3]
The Games Machine52%[5]

The game was released on various home computer systems such as ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, MSX and Amstrad CPC by U.S. Gold as Psycho Pigs U.X.B.[6]

There were several criticisms of sexism when an advert of the game showing a semi-naked model holding the video game case was published in some specialized magazines.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=Crash/Issue53/Pages/Crash5300096.jpg
  2. ^ http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=SinclairUser/Issue078/Pages/SinclairUser07800046.jpg
  3. ^ http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=YourSinclair/Issue34/Pages/YourSinclair3400043.jpg
  4. ^ http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=ACE/Issue12/Pages/ACE1200068.jpg
  5. ^ http://www.worldofspectrum.org/showmag.cgi?mag=TheGamesMachine/Issue11/Pages/TheGamesMachine1100052.jpg
  6. ^ Psycho Pigs U.X.B. review Archived 2009-03-15 at the Wayback Machine at ysrnry.co.uk
  7. ^ "Video Game Print Ads • "Psycho Pigs U.X.B. / Butasan" [Home Computer]..." Video Game Print Ads. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  8. ^ "Image of the polemical advert".
  9. ^ "Zzap Rrap - Psycho Pigs UXB Advert". www.zzap64.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-06.

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