Bad Piggies

Common Sense Media says

Angry Birds pigs star in challenging, captivating puzzles.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • gravity
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Bad Piggies looks good, with entertaining audio, fun characters, and a simple organization and rewards system. It's not easy to make and control crafts, but the graphics are glitzy enough that kids will keep trying.

Learning Approach

Gameplay emphasizes controls over engineering, and the app lacks scientific terminology. Concepts may not transfer well, although the sandbox mode allows bit more flexibility.

Support

Hints can be cryptic and sometimes not very helpful, and the app tempts kids to buy solutions or "pay" with a Facebook Like. The stars are the only saved data; saving kids' solutions would be a good addition.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • gravity
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

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. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

Families can talk 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

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99-$2.99
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try, Paid
Release date:September 27, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:40.90 MB
Publisher:Rovio Entertainment Ltd
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 30, 2012
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LEARNING

bad piggies

Either way, it's a game that is less about mindless fun and more about challenging you.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old January 15, 2013
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 for learning because you have to use strategy to build it and make it go to the finish. I really like this game and I recommend it!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 9 years old March 23, 2013
AGE
8
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

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 hard, but it is very fun! I'm surprised that you can get such a great game for FREE. I would definitely recommend this game to ages 7+. Positive: -Very clever, fun, and addictive. -Lots of levels. -It is completely FREE. - Not TOO easy.

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