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Greg’s Cheers to Gaming: Tomba! Pig Drinker

/ May 26th, 2016 No Comments

Tomba Drinking Game

Throughout time, man has pondered ways to make videogames more enjoyable. Like most things, alcohol was the answer. Greg’s Cheers to Gaming is a series of pieces in which editor Greg Johnson combines gaming with alcohol to make an even more interesting game.

Have you always longed for a drinking game that involves an obscure video game, legacy consoles and pigs? If so, your wish has come true. Tomba! Pig Drinker is exactly the game you’re looking for.

This drinking game involves a cult classic you may have forgotten all about, Tomba! Released in 1998 in the U.S. and later followed by Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return, Tomba! had players attempt to free the world from pig corruption; it’s a lot like modern times in that way. Despite its critical success, the franchise has never been revived, but you can revisit it and experience it in a new way — with a glass of alcohol.

A Boy with Pink Hair

The odds that fans of Tomba! will ever get to a play a new iteration of the side-scroller are slim to none. Developer Whoopee Camp split after the release of Tomba! 2 and its staff went to the four winds. But we can still enjoy the two titles that released.

Starring an animalistic pink-haired boy who shares the name of the game’s title, Tomba! is about a jungle-like world invaded by evil pigs. The pigs begin stealing valuable items, including a bracelet that was given to Tomba by his grandfather.


Does this look like the face of mercy?

Tomba embarks on a journey to reclaim the bracelet from the pig overlords. This quest takes him through multiple locations, including a town of brewers turned into mice and lush jungle overgrown with monstrous plants.

The game is as clever in writing and world creation as it was innovative, being one of the first games to offer a plethora of side missions and unlockables.

A Drink Fit for a Pig

To properly enjoy Tomba!, only a whimsical sense of adventure is needed, but a fine taste for beer mixes will certainly help. These beer-infused concoctions will have you grunting and snorting your way through Tomba!

The Pig

  • Blood Orange Kolsch beer
  • Truffles (mushroom) – dice, cook or sautée; then top as garnishment

Our Hero Tomba

  • Hefeweizen beer
  • Light amounts of pink lemonade
  • Add sugar to rim of glass
  • Place pink lemon slice on rim

Mizuno’s Poison

  • Chocolate Oak Stout beer
  • Add sour milk to flavor
  • Add fudge around rim of glass
  • Place caramel chocolate on rim

Baccus Village’s Premier Brew

  • Deschutes The Abyss or any bourbon barrel-aged beer
  • Cigar
  • Steak
  • Don’t ruin it.

These recipes might be a tad adventurous, even for Tomba, so please mix responsibly. The recipes are entirely consumable but some light internet research might help with preparation, especially for sour milk.

The Rules of Tomba! Pig Drinker

Tomba’s biggest attack in the game is getting right on top of his pig foes and taking a big bite. In the drinking game, players are rewarded for this outlandish behavior by taking a drink every time they grapple an enemy with this attack. All other attacks must be taken with a big gulp in order to punish players who don’t let Tomba be the animal he truly is.


Pigs. Giant snapping plants. What did I do last night!?

Side quests also warrant a drink. For every five side missions you complete, finish what is remaining in your glass (note that side quests are known as “events”).

If you are playing with friends (which is highly recommended), prepare some truffles infused with alcohol. Any time the person holding the controls dies in Tomba!, he or she must eat a truffle. The look on a person’s face when they expect chocolate but get bourbon is second to none.

Oinks to Oinks

Tomba! is not an easy title to find and thus original copies can be expensive. However, a digital version of the game is available to download. Prepare to ride the pig! Remember to drink responsibly.

If you wish to see a particular game get the Cheers treatment, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you — right after this beer.


Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Greg is a Nintendo fanboy who would cry if they ever went third party. He writes news, previews and reviews at Gaming Illustrated.
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