Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Pigs Can't Fly isn't a very easy game. While parallels to Flappy Bird are likely, Pigs Can't Fly is much more like the cave flying/thrust-based games of years gone by, ensuring that sensitive taps are essential for those who want any chance of succeeding.
Players control Pig: a creature trapped in Hell and fearful of being turned into bacon. Lacking any offensive or even defensive capabilities, Pig is restricted to solely using his wings (you've never seen a pig fly before? Tsk) with a gentle tap to the left or right of the screen. Providing a thrusting style mechanic, it's important to master these controls as they can take a bit of figuring out.
Fortunately, there's a pretty steady learning curve. While Pigs Can't Fly will test players a fair bit, things do start out fairly simply. At first, only a small selection of spikes get in the way with one touch killing Pig. Soon enough though, moving enemies and moving bars full of spikes play an important role in thwarting Pig's efforts. Often, levels involve finding a key first before going to the exit door, further adding to the challenge. Occasionally veering near frustrating, Pigs Can't Fly just about sidesteps making one quit in annoyance as it's always so easy to dive into another attempt.
The urge to do better is partly provided through a star available in each stage. These stars go towards unlocking new areas, as well as acquiring new skins. These skins might not change anything pivotal about the game, but it's fun to have something to aim towards. At the end of each act there's a special level too, requiring players to escape an invading force at speed.
Pigs Can't Fly might be a fairly familiar idea, but it's done reasonably well. Gameplay that evolved more so would have been nice, but as a challenging title with that 'aargh, darn it, just one more go' feel to it, it does the job.