Developer: Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★★
Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★★
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

It’s a good sign when I get so caught up in playing a game that I keep puting off the review, right? Because I just can’t stop playing Bad Piggies. I’m really having too much fun!

In this puzzle/physics game, Rovio has done an incredibly fun thing. They’ve taken their villains from Angry Birds — the green, egg-stealing piggies — and given them a game of their own. Oh, don’t worry, the piggies haven’t given up their egg-stealing ways, but those crafty devils have turned to outsourcing for engineering help, and the players are it.

Players are tasked with building ramshackle vehicles to help the piggies in their mission, with the intention of getting 3 stars on each level. 1 star requirement is to get the piggy across the finish line. Sometimes, this is as simple as putting together a cart and rolling it down a hill. However, other stars require a lot more thought… and some rockets, wings, engines, shaken-up soda bottles and, well, it gets pretty crazy. As players try to collect items, beat timers and fulfill other requirements, vehicles just get more and more elaborate.

A nice touch to each level is that players don’t need to get all 3 stars in one run. Sometimes, that might even be impossible. Instead, players can go back and reconfigure a vehicle multiple times to meet star requirements. The game is even forgiving enough that players can achieve these goals in any order they like. It’s great because it requires the player to get a little more creative than usual; not all levels are a “one-vehicle type wins” scenario, where players just keep building the same thing over and over.

Finally, if a player finds that they simply can’t build a winning machine, they can “hire” an engineer to build a solution for them. It costs real money to use this option, however, so be aware of this before you hand the game over to a young child who doesn’t understand how in-app purchases work.

Bad Piggies is pretty darned flawless, when I think about it. One thing I admire about Rovio is that they aren’t afraid to stuff their games full of things to do. With over 60 levels, hidden items to collect and the promise of more free levels on the way, Bad Piggies is a thoroughly enjoyable game that will have players scratching their heads and having a blast for a good while.


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