Messhof is the Charles Bukowski of games, and I say that having just discovered Bukowski for real the other night and then, you know, he was fresh in my mind. I could say he's maybe the William Burroughs of games? But That's Increpare, duh. Messhof isn't quite so misanthropic as Bukowski, but how else can you reflect on Randy Balma, so "drugged up on drugs", or the gag reflex of our meat-gouging protagonist in Pipe Dreamz?
Then again, literary analogies don't need to be grafted on, this is the kind of game where simply describing it will propel any prose into the stratosphere of inane bliss. You are greeted by a pig with shades, the pig is rendered with a 2-frame animation loop that is reminiscent of basic splash-screen characters from 80s-era games. The pig informs you that he is your boss, yes, but also your "bro", and tells you to eat meat but avoid being seen by others, who are "unclean", perhaps evoking lepers from the book of Deuteronomy. You then hold down Z as this white puff-cartoon of a person to gobble up what appears to be a raw hamburger, another whitey reading a newspaper will periodically glance over, and an obsequious smiling buffoon pops his head in from the other side of the screen, periodically. If you are eating while they look, they will laugh at you, causing you to vomit up most of your meal. After successfully eating the raw meat, you will put the magic of said meat to work in surfing the pipe, where you complete Tony Hawk-esque moves in chains to score points. The moves are named after hamburger preparation qualities. Falling in requires you to struggle back to the surface, letting yourself drift in the bubbles and drown only prolongs an easy floating back up to the surface. After you exhaust yourself, you must flip burgers, after you flip the burgers, you melt down and go surfing again. This cycle repeats indefinitely as you aggregate score, until you fail at flipping burgers and your pig bro/boss fires you.
The game reminded me a bit of Fast Times a Ridgemont High where Jeff Spicoli, the best character ever played by Sean Penn, comes to school stoned out of his skull an wins international suff competitions on the weekends. It also reminded me of the ultimate scene in Larry Clark's film Ken Park, written by Harmony Korine - the titular character is working at a hotdog stand and then goes to see his recently impregnated girlfriend, who says "I don't want to be no babykiller, I mean, aren't you glad your mom didn't abort you?" This scene is chronologically behind the opening scene of the movie, where the same kid skateboards into a park, sets up a video recorder, and blows his brains out. Basically, this game is like that, but with wicked surfing combos.