Bad Piggies

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Bad Piggies
Bad Piggies logo.png
Game logo
Developer(s) Rovio Entertainment
Publisher(s) Rovio Entertainment
Producer(s) Petri Järvilehto, Mikael Hed, Jaakko Haapasalo
Designer(s) Markus Tuppurainen, Peter Urbanics
Programmer(s) Marco Rapino, Miika Virpioja, Mauricio Hollando, Jussi Markkanen
Composer(s) Ilmari Hakkola
Series Angry Birds
Engine Unity 3D[1]
Platform(s) Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS X, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone[2]
Release date(s) September 27, 2012[3]
Genre(s) Puzzle

Bad Piggies is a puzzle video game developed by Rovio Entertainment, and was its first spin-off to Angry Birds. The game launched on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac on September 27, 2012. It was released for BlackBerry 10 in October 2013 and for Windows Phone in April 2014.[4] Unlike the Angry Birds games, the player assists the minion pigs in building devices that travel on land and air to collect pieces of a map to ultimately capture and take away the Angry Birds' eggs.[5][6] As of October 2012, Bad Piggies was the fastest-selling game on the Apple App Store,[3] and the quickest one to reach the top of the app list in just three hours.[7]

In June 2016, Rovio made Bad Piggies free-to-play, previously it had a purchase price.


The objective of the game is to build a contraption that transports the pig from a starting point to the finish line, usually indicated by a map. Such contraptions are made of wood and iron (similar to Angry Birds), as well as other objects such as wheels, two-liter bottles, umbrellas (to increase air resistance), motors, fans, TNT, balloons, ropes, and rockets.

Similar to Angry Birds, the player can earn up to three stars per level, but stars are not earned by scoring points. Instead, players automatically earn one star for completing the level. For each level, the other two stars can be obtained by:

  • Completing the level within a certain time limit (e.g. 10 seconds)
  • Collecting 1 or 2 "star boxes" on the playing field
  • Not using a certain part (e.g. a wheel, an umbrella, etc.)
  • Not damaging the contraption
  • Transporting the King Pig along with the Freckled Pig
  • Transporting the Egg (this is mandatory in Flight in the Night)
  • Transporting the Halloween Candy (this is mandatory in Tusk 'til Dawn)

For example, on level 1-1, a player can earn three stars by completing the level, collecting a star on the playing field and by not damaging the vehicle. On some levels, it is impossible to earn all three stars at once, so the player must play the level two or more times in order to obtain three stars.

Additionally, "skulls" are placed throughout the levels, in which a player can unlock the skull level in the Sandbox by finding at least 10 out of the over 40 hidden skulls.

After the release of the remaining 30 levels of Rise and Swine, Rovio added a "Feed the King" mini-game, in order to earn power-ups in the game. Whenever the player obtains a dessert during gameplay, which they can use to feed King Pig to receive power-ups such as sticky glue (makes your contraption more durable), motor boost, golden engineer, and super magnet. The King Pig only has a slight chance of giving a power-up. The only other way to get power-ups is by purchasing them in their store.

In June 2016 with the change to free-to-play, there are 3 daily Loot Crates to collect parts (wooden crates contain 3 items, metal contain 4, and gold contain 8) for a the new Custom Contraptions mode, which allows the player to (completely optional) change the appearance of parts used in the levels, ranging from a rarity of 1 to 3 stars; it has fullscreen video ads and a way to buy more parts.[8]


# Episode Levels Release date Introduced items Introduced features
1 Ground Hog Day 45 September 27, 2012 King Pig*, Freckles the pig, Bellows, Boxes (wood and iron), Wheels (wood, normal, and motor), Soda Bottles (green and black), Umbrellas (normal and motor), Engines (V-2 engine, V4 engine, and V8 engine, TNT, mechanical fans Tutorial, Tutorial Book, Mechanic Pig
2 Rise and Swine 45 May 8, 2013 Boxing Gloves (which emerge from a crate), Suction Cup Wheels (allows you to travel up walls and on ceilings), Grappling Hook, and Mini Wheels Desserts, Feed the King Mini-game, Power-ups
3 When Pigs Fly 45 September 27, 2012 Balloons, Sandbags, Fireworks, Airplane Parts, and Propellers Wind
4 Flight in the Night 45 October 25, 2012 Egg* Shooting Birds and new Star Objective
5 Tusk 'til Dawn 30 October 17, 2013 Trick-or-Treat Basket* New exclusive gameplay Music featuring Major Lazer and new Star objective
6 Road To El Porkado 45 August 20, 2015 Light (for navigating dark caverns) and Aztec statues* Power-up, treasures, statues to find, Detachers, Gearbox, Dark caves and ancient pig statues
R Road Hogs 8 February 27, 2013 None Time limit levels
S Sandbox 13 and 1 in-app trial + purchase September 27, 2012 Detacher (Field of Dreams, Little Pig Adventure and Road To El Porkado only)
Gearbox (Field of Dreams, Little Pig Adventure and Road To El Porkado only)
Levels purposely made for user creations

* = Transporting this is mandatory.


Main article: Piggy Tales

On April 11, 2014, Rovio released "Piggy Tales", a Clay Animation TV series based on the game, and a spin-off of Angry Birds Toons. It features a closer glimpse of the life of the minion pigs.


The game has received positive reviews with a Metacritic score of 88/100 based on 24 reviews.[9]

Mark Brown of Pocket Gamer gave the game a Silver Award and called it "creative, addictive, and absolutely packed with content", while lamenting that it felt "a little too safe and predictable".[10] IGN rated it the best mobile game of 2012.


  1. ^ "Unraveling the unending oink: Bad Piggies by Rovio". Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rovio to launch Bad Piggies on September 27". Rovio. 
  3. ^ a b Cai, Catherine. "Rovio's Bad Piggies is Fastest Selling #1 Game on App Store". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bad Piggies Finally Sets Up Home on Windows Phone.". Windows Gamers. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  5. ^ "After 'Angry Birds' success, Rovio to launch 'Bad Piggies'". The Australian. September 5, 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bad piggies review". Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  7. ^ Mallory, Jordan. "Bad Piggies is Rovio's quickest selling #1 game, free content update coming soon". Joystiq. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  8. ^ 'Bad Piggies' Gets Major 2.0 Update in Switch to Free to Play Model TouchArcade Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Bad Piggies for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  10. ^ Mark Brown (2012-09-26). "Bad Piggies Review". Retrieved 2012-12-17. 

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