Bad Piggies

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Angry Birds pigs star in challenging, captivating puzzles.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational value

Kids can learn to create and develop engineering skills on a rudimentary level in Bad Piggies. The crafts they build use concepts like physics and momentum and can spark a child's interest in building real-world items. The app encourages creativity and imagination and allows kids to view the situation in a different way. There's more than one way to beat a level. Bad Piggies mixes the fun of Angry Birds with the creativity of Amazing Alex, allowing kids to be imaginative as they build. 

Ease of play

The mechanics of the game are fairly straightforward: Use the materials supplied to you to create a craft that lets you collect a missing piece of the map and other bonus items. However, it won't take long before you run into incredibly tough challenges. The game requires a lot more focus and concentration than players of the Angry Birds series might expect. Younger players will almost certainly become frustrated. 

Violence & scariness

Pigs can topple out of their carts and smash into obstacles, but they tend to laugh as this happens, rather than show signs of distress. 

Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

Players unable to figure out how to solve a puzzle can "hire a mechanic" to get them through it. Three are supplied free with the game, but players can buy more for prices ranging from $2 to $10 -- and they'll probably need them at some point. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bad Piggies is the latest game from the developer of the massively successful Angry Birds series. Instead of flinging creatures with slingshots, though, the game consists of inventing various crafts for the pigs to use to accomplish their goals (such as earning stars or collecting pieces of a map). It's an approach that requires a lot more thought than the earlier series and could frustrate younger players, who just want to play with the pigs. There's an in-app purchase option that may seem mandatory after you've been stuck on a level for a long while as well. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

Parent of a 7 year old Written bysravnsborg March 4, 2013

Angry Birds + physics in flight.

My 7 year-old loves this game - and at one point yesterday, he, my dad (in his 60s), and my niece (13) and nephew (12) were all fighting over the tablet to play...
Parent Written bySean Caintic August 9, 2013

A real one game.

Sometimes, it can be bit boring if you finish all levels, but is best with graphics. More fun. and its more to consume money, like and the positive messages lik...
Kid, 12 years old January 15, 2013

Bad piggies

This game does have some privacy problems. Be careful of that. Second like it said, you can hire a mechanic but sometimes it can cost money. This game is good f...
Kid, 9 years old March 23, 2013

GREAT GAME!

This game is very clever and fun! I have played all (I mean ALL) of the Rovio games, so I just had to play this one. This is by far the best game yet! It can be...

What's it about?

Kids create carts and aircraft out of items -- including wheels, fans, boxes, springs, and balloons -- so the pigs can retrieve pieces of a shredded map by rolling, jumping, or flying to it. Players attempt to unlock star boxes along the way. There is often more than one way to solve the puzzles, but figuring out the best technique requires concentration and creative focus. The game also features a sandbox mode, which gives players access to all available parts so they can create whatever they want, largely without restrictions, to get stars.

Is it any good?

Let's answer the primary question first: Is Bad Piggies as good as Angry Birds? No. It's an entirely different sort of game, but it's one that ultimately isn't as welcoming to players, especially young ones. It's an app that demands attention to detail and focus (and that's often still not enough). 

Is it a bad one, though? Not by any means. In fact, it's quite good -- with well thought-out puzzles and a terrifically fun premise. It may not be a game you can play for just a moment, but if you have time to sit and think, you'll find yourself captivated and determined to finish a level (or get all three stars). Or, perhaps, you'll simply enjoy experimenting in the game's unlockable sandbox mode. Either way, it's a game that is less about mindless fun and more about challenging you. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Have kids use LEGOs or similar building kits to make real-world machines to achieve goals.

  • Give kids a limited number of materials and let them create a vehicle on their own, with only their imagination guiding the way.

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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