Bad Piggies HD review (iPad)October 4, 2012
♫ “But tonight I’m playing Angry Birds
Like a million other stupid nerds” *
10 word description: It’s not Angry Birds. Get that through your thick skull.
10 word review: Possibly not the sensation they hoped for, but it’s good.
You will like this if you enjoy: Building odd vehicles from a selection of parts, then watching them veer wildly out of control and crash. A lot. Puzzles involving amusingly unpredictable physics and a fair degree of trial and error, often with different results using the same components and vehicle design.
The good news: Quite original for an iOS game, although not so original that it feels bewildering or just different for the sake of being different. Graphics are nice and cartoony,with some neat animations and crash effects. I like the music, particularly the way it speeds up as you start a run. There are plenty of levels, including unlockable sandboxes, and the difficulty is surprisingly and encouragingly… difficult.
The bad news: Often, the promise of “unleashing your creativity” feels more like “doing it the only way that works”, although that’s possibly a bit harsh, as the process of designing, failing and redesigning is the core of the game and it would probably be way too easy if multiple solutions worked the first time. Solutions can be bought via IAPs, further enforcing the feeling that there is “one proper way” to beat each level. That’s a bit cheap, really. Oh yeah, and there’s a separate iPhone version, no universal build.
Arcadelife verdict: Due to the fundamental stupidity of human beings, Rovio were never going to avoid a barrage of frothing temper tantrums on the app store if they ever released a game that wasn’t yet another Angry Birds clone. However, if your age is greater than double figures and you have posted a 1 star review for Bad Piggies along the lines of “WTF borrrring can’t play it bring back angry birds” then you seriously need to get a bloody life.
It would have been a different story if this game had been released by some other company. First of all, it probably would have only sold a handful of copies compared to how it has performed due to the huge existing, albeit drooling and semi-literate, fanbase created around Rovio’s previous world dominating big-seller. Secondly, it would have been judged on its own merits and not heavily criticised (by hordes of gibbering muppets) for not being something else.
So where does that leave us, apart from wanting to live on the moon and get away from all the freakin’ idiots on this planet? Bad Piggies is pretty good. It’s not a stunning, jaw-dropping phenomenon, but maybe that’s not altogether a bad thing. Cobbling together a rickety cart from a few wooden crates and an electric fan, then watching it fail to climb a gentle slope is a curiously amusing way to pass the time and a decent alternative to shooting zombies, racing cars, jumping around on platforms and, of course I have to say it, flinging flightless birds at pigs in wooden forts.
Overall, this is an innovative and enjoyable game; definitely not for everyone, but then that’s the way of the world; deal with it. And, if you hate Angry Birds with a passion, you can buy Bad Piggies and smile wryly at the fact that you will be indirectly annoying a few million fans of that game, not to mention encouraging Rovio to consider developing other innovative, original titles instead of just churning out more clones and sequels.
Visuals – 8/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 9.5/10
Content – 8.5/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 85/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.0
Bad Piggies website link
Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)
* Warning – if you choose to listen to any of the tracks on that Steel Panther album, please be aware that they are all rather rude. Good, but definitely rude.