It turns out riding backward on a pig IS fun

A new game for the iPhone was inspired by a viral video on YouTube that has almost 9 million views.

Some time ago, a friend sent me a YouTube link with no explanation. In fact, I'm pretty sure the e-mail didn't even have a subject. Once I clicked the link and started watching the video I realized why: how does one neatly describe the hilarity of a video in which a monkey forcibly rides a pig backward? Even better, the video's creator, Perry Gripp, wrote a silly song to go with the video. If you haven't seen it, the video is worth checking out for a good laugh, but be warned: the song will stick with you well after you watch it.

Baby Monkey (riding backwards on a pig)
Jump with the monkey to grab bananas and also whenever the pig runs through an obstacle. (Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Today I received a press release that game studio Kihon has designed a game around the silly concept in the video. Not only that, but it got Perry Gripp's permission to use the song in the game.

The result is Baby Monkey (going backwards on a pig) (99 cents) for the iPhone. The game has exactly two controls: a button on the left to make the monkey jump and a button on the right to make the pig jump. In this survival/distance game, you try to hang on to the pig as long as possible while jumping up to grab bananas and avoid objects that will knock you off. You'll also need to jump with the pig to reach higher and to avoid cliffs and other obstacles. As the game progresses, the pig runs faster and you'll get bonuses for putting together banana-grabbing combos.

Baby Monkey (riding backwards on a pig)
As a new game to the iTunes Store, I'm still in fourth, but that certainly won't last long. (Credit: Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET)

Baby Monkey (going backwards on a pig) offers dynamically created areas so no two games are alike. In the game's description, Kihon says you'll run across sand castles, toxic waste pits, and even a T-Rex, but I haven't been able to stay on long enough to see all that yet. The game also supports GameCenter so you can track high scores and see how well you do against other players.

Overall, Baby Monkey (going backwards on a pig) is a great time-waster that can be enjoyed by the whole family. If you chuckled at the viral video or just like well-made distance/survival games, you should check out this app.

About Jason Parker

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.

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