The great thing about Angry Birds is its simplicity – just fling the birds at the pigs and their structures, and watch the woodchips fly.
Naturally, the Angry Birds game does get more complex, letting you fling birds with more power, have them drop bombs or spilt into multiple birdlets and plenty more.
But the game always remains very easy to play and learn, and while there are certainly times when you can be stumped, at least for a while, the game is a real blast that anyone can quickly master.
Bad Piggies is Rovio’s attempt at telling the Angry Birds story from the pigs’ viewpoint, and is a more complex yet also more creative game – while starting off pretty easily, as you’d expect.
You have to craft these roving and/or flying vehicles and propel the pigs to various items on the screen, thus making it a very different game to the bird flinging that is Angry Birds.
Obviously there are some similarities, with the pigs as the stars of this game, living on a “pig shaped” island.
Indeed, Bad Piggies almost comes off, to me at least, as a kind of “cross” between Amazing Alex and the Angry Birds franchise. It will delight some and befuddle others.
Some will yearn for the simplicity of Angry Birds, others will welcome the greater challenge and added creativity that Bad Piggies delivers.
However, on first play over a few levels, it looks like fun and is sure to garner a stack of fans - and just as the Angry Birds games have evolved, Bad Piggies is sure to evolve too, with presumably a stack of follow-on games still to come.
While Amazing Alex has long ago tumbled off the top 100 list of iOS games, Bad Piggies has launched over the last 24 hours and is, predictably, in the No.1 spot in the paid iOS gaming charts – at 99c per game.
There’s no free version on iOS, or at least, not yet, however Android users can download the game for free, but will presumably have to put up with on-screen ads. I haven’t downloaded the game to one of my Android devices as yet but it’s certainly what I’d expect to see (and will modify this sentence should ads not be appearing as yet).
Charging 99c to iOS users will handily fill Rovio’s coffers with even more stacks o’ cash, while delivering a handsome third of that to Apple, too, as is the case with all iOS purhcases.
For more information, go to the Bad Piggies website or the iOS or Google Play (Android) app store, download the game, and play!
Rovio promises that Windows and Windows Phone version of the game are on their way in the not-too-distant future, too.