Bad Piggies

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Bad Piggies
Bad Piggies.png
The app icon of Bad Piggies
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
SeriesAngry Birds
EngineUnity[2]
Platform(s)Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS X, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone[3]
ReleaseSeptember 27, 2012[1]
Genre(s)Puzzle

Bad Piggies is a puzzle video game developed by Rovio Entertainment, and was the company's first spin-off of 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 contraptions that travel on land and in 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,[1] and the quickest one to reach the top of the app list in just three hours.[7]

In June 2014, Rovio made Bad Piggies free-to-play, since it previously had a purchase price. Advertisements were also implemented.

Between April 2019 and July 2019, the game was removed from the Google Play Store and App Store. But in early 2020, the game was added back worldwide.

The logo of Bad Piggies

Gameplay[edit]

The main objective of Bad Piggies is to create a contraption out of the materials provided, using it to reach a goal at the end of the level. The parts that are given vary in abilities and quality, some requiring manually launching the part, such as rockets and soda bottles, and others requiring the use of motors to run automatically. As the game obeys the laws of gravity, parts can break upon force and some are heavier than others. Certain parts, such as metal as opposed to wood, have stronger durability. The player can also use powerups if having difficulty completing the level, giving perks such as making the vehicle faster, making parts more durable, or a mechanic pig that will build a contraption for the player.[8]

Although it is required to reach the end goal to move on to the next level, there are optional hindrances and collectibles to fully complete a level and get three stars; these range from collecting "star boxes" in varying locations or completing the level with a time limit, or contraption limitations such as not using specific parts or completing the level without the machine breaking. Daily, three crates can be found in random levels. When collected, the player is awarded items and powerups, sometimes even customizable skins for the parts. There's also the chance of getting bolts, which can be used to create a random part skin. Crates vary in the rewards given and are based on what type of crate it is, such as wood, bronze, or gold.

Levels are organized into sections, each covering specific parts to use in the contraptions. Apart from regular levels, there are other additional modes; sandbox levels don't have specific goals and are one large level, filled with twenty or forty star boxes that could be collected. The sandbox levels give more parts than usual and a wider build area to build larger contraptions.[8] "Road Hogs" are longer levels with the objective of creating the fastest vehicle possible. "Cake Race" puts the player against a computer opponent, competing to collect five cupcakes that are scattered throughout the level. Points are awarded after collecting as many as possible in the time limit and are determined by how quickly they were obtained. The winner is given a random type of crate.

The game also has the "Field of Dreams" mode, in which they are the same as the sandbox levels, except players now have access to every item in the game, and unlimited powerups. Each map also has 40 star boxes to collect. Players need to buy the mode with real-life money.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

On April 11, 2014, Rovio released Piggy Tales, a clay animated TV series based on the game, and a spin-off of Angry Birds Toons, which features a closer glimpse of the life of the minion pigs. A sequel was released on April 17, 2015 entitled Pigs At Work, in which features the pigs in short clips themed after construction.

Film[edit]

The game's main character appears in The Angry Birds Movie, named Ross and voiced by Tony Hale. He is one of Leonard's closest accomplices in the Birds' schemes.

Reception[edit]

The game has received positive reviews with a Metacritic score of 83/100 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".[11] IGN rated it the best mobile game of 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cai, Catherine. "Rovio's Bad Piggies is Fastest Selling #1 Game on App Store". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Unraveling the unending oink: Bad Piggies by Rovio". Unity3d.com. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Rovio to launch Bad Piggies on September 27". Rovio. Archived from the original on 2012-10-21.
  4. ^ "Bad Piggies Finally Sets Up Home on Windows Phone". Windows Gamers b. 2014-04-14. Archived from the original on 2014-04-16. 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". TheGuardian.com. Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  7. ^ Mallory, Jordan. "Bad Piggies is Rovio's quickest selling #1 game, free content update coming soon". Joystiq. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  8. ^ a b Pikover, James (2012-10-01). "Bad Piggies is a painfully challenging departure from Angry Birds (review)". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  9. ^ a b "Bad Piggies for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  10. ^ Hodapp, Eli (2012-09-27). "'Bad Piggies' Review – Hide Your Eggs, the Pigs are Coming in This Fantastic Physics Puzzler". TouchArcade. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  11. ^ Mark Brown (2012-09-26). "Bad Piggies Review". PocketGamer.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-17.

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