A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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 ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: engineering, gravity, physics
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, problem solving, solving puzzles
- Price: $.99-$2.99
- Pricing structure: Free to Try, Paid, Free
- 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
For kids who love puzzles
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