Bad Piggies is the Perfect “Angry Birds” Sequel!
Oct 2, 2012 12:36 PM –
Bad Piggies. Get ready to see pigs fly! From the creators of Angry Birds: an all new game from the PIGS’ point of view!
Price: Free, optional In-app purchases
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S3
Pros & Cons:
- It’s the pigs from Angry Birds!
- Innovative gameplay brings a new twist to the franchise!
- The same fun characters, soundtrack and goofy story types that made the original a hit!
- Yet another game you will loose hours of your life to. Seriously… You’re going to wonder where whole days went.
I should say up front that I’m an Angry Birds fan, and I own the ad-free versions of every previous installment of this franchise. So when Bad Piggies was announced, I was very excited to see what Rovio was going to change things up a bit. And boy, I was not disappointed.
The game menus have the same overall feel and UI design that Angry Birds uses, so first of all, it felt very comfortable and familiar, which was nice. Rovio did a nice job with that, really making this game feel like part of the overall franchise. It works the same way, with various worlds to unlock, and within each world, a wide range of levels to try and get three stars on. It also uses the same icons for the pigs and all their building materials, so it all felt very fluid coming from Angry Birds.
However, where they really changed things up is in the gaming mechanism itself. Instead of flinging birds at pig makeshift forts, you are building pig contraptions to collect the lost pieces of map that will lead you to the bird eggs. It sounds simple enough, but like Angry Birds, this game takes that simple premise and elevates it into something much greater.
You’re given, on the start of each level, a grid to build in, and a set of parts. Each level comes with different types of components, such as fan blades or soda bottles to propel you in a direction, or TNT to blow your contraption upward. You use various combinations of blocks and wheels and other parts to create a doohickey, then you start the level and see if it works, activating your various parts to try and get you to the goal. While there are optimal ways to beat each level, you can really play around with the mechanics to get different results – I ended up blowing my pig up multiple times on levels with TNT before I’d hit the right combo. Unlike Angry Birds, the level doesn’t automatically end when you fail. Instead, the restart takes you back to your last built contraption and lets you tweak it, move it around, or even hit a button that removes everything and lets you start from scratch. Things like the soda bottles can not only be places, but adjusted to change the angle they’ll propel you in, from left or right to up or down.
It is easy to quickly get engrossed in first trying to just unlock the level, but then in trying to figure out the ideal setup to get a three-star rating. It is more of a puzzle than the original Angry Birds setup – some levels you figure out fairly quickly, but others, given your item set, can be a bit more challenging, which is kind of nice. This game is fun and amusing, but also challenging enough to really make you want to keep playing – and not just the new levels, but you’ll find you want to go back to previously cleared levels to get those coveted three stars which, in turn, will open up access to other bonus levels. You also can unlock parts to be used in the bonus levels, giving you the freedom to build massive machines that can accomplish more complex levels.
The physics engine that Angry Birds introduced is in play here as well – a lot of the challenges involve figuring out how to get your piggie up and over cliffs, or around objects. You have to place your items in just the right location at times, and then set them off in the right order, to overcome some of the puzzles, which really takes a nice, fresh approach to the physics game ideal.
And if you really get stuck, you can have the piggies build you the perfect contraption – you get a few free, but they are also available as in-app purchases for players who want or need more help, which, while I don’t use them often, is nice to know they are there. I know that while I personally enjoy a good challenge, there is a point in a game where I start to get frustrated, and once that happens, I’m more likely to put the game down and not come back. Knowing there is an option for those levels that you just can’t get past at least gives you a sense that you can be challenged, but it won’t kill the fun factor when you really get stuck somewhere.
Watch on Mobile
Bad Piggies Build Amazing Machines
Bad Piggies Pilot Pigs to Safety
Bad Piggies Unleash Your Creativity
Bad Piggies Play Without Limits
Bad Piggies Promo
Bad Piggies Building
Bad Piggies Start
Bad Piggies Worlds
Bad Piggies Levels
Oh yeah, this game has both the fun and the challenge, and Rovio has proven it can take the Angry Birds franchise beyond just the birds. The game is seriously fun to play, and really gives you the opportunity to learn to love the much-maligned piggies.
Yeah, I lost a lot of time testing this game. It was so much fun, I actually forgot to take screenshots of what I was doing… it’s such a good game you stop paying attention to anything else – so don’t try to play and operate any heavy machinery, pig-built or otherwise.
The game uses all the same models we’ve come to love in Angry Birds, so it feels familiar. But at the same time, the levels are all new, and there are new items and scenery to enjoy along with the new puzzles, so you don’t feel like it’s just another “been there done that” installment.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The soundtrack is the same type of slightly goofy songs and effects from the original – you get lots of piggie grunting!
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