Piggy Pile!

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Action game lets players go hog wild with teamwork.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

Characters plummet to their death, but no blood, gore; they quickly rebound to begin next round.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Kids see commercials for other apps after some rounds, and banner ads appear at bottom of page. You can pay $0.99 to remove them. Players can also purchase packages of coins for $1.99 to $9.99.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Piggy Pile! is an action app with colorful animated characters. A player's character can die if it falls off the elevated path, runs into a cliff, or otherwise runs into trouble, but its demise is fast and blood-free. Gamers will see a lot of ads unless they pay to remove them, but there's no inappropriate content to be found otherwise.

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What's it about?

In PIGGY PILE!, players start out as swine but can later unlock other characters and worlds. The pig moves right or left if you tap either side of the screen, or you can use a manual drag option. You have to navigate your pig as he picks up other creatures while passing gaps and other obstacles. You'll also need to grab helpful items like shovels, which fill in gaps, and clocks, which slow things down. If you run into a cliff or crevice with pals on your back, you may make it, but some of them will fall off. Fortunately, you may be able to pass barriers or escape some hazards by grabbing bubbles and floating over these obstacles.

Is it any good?

Don't let the fairly straightforward-looking course fool you: This game requires some skill and teamwork with other characters to succeed, and will take multiple replays to make progress. That doesn't feel overwhelmingly frustrating, though; each course features different obstacles, so rounds never feel the same, and the speed at which your pig moves makes things zoom along. Players who find the pace too fast may want to change the controls setting to drag, which seems to provide a slightly slower, more controlled reaction, instead of tapping on the right or left side of the screen to move the character.

Characters don't appear to be able to move backward, which is unfortunate, because if you reach an elevation change and don't have a bubble or other advantage handy, a poof of air will be all that's left of your pig. Adding that ability might give gamers more of a chance to note and correct any gameplay mistakes they make to learn from the experience. There's a bit of pressure to purchase additional coins, especially if you get excited about checking out the beach-, monster-, and other themed worlds the developers have included; you can gain access by earning coins as you play, but it'll take a while to amass enough for most of the options. The app, in addition to being fun, also offers another subtle, yet encouraging message: By scooping up and carrying other characters you pass, you're able to do more in the game and face less risk when you come into contact with obstacles, which is a great implied message Piggy Pile! passes along about teamwork.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. How much time should you spend playing a game like Piggy Pile! on a screen versus playing a game away from technology?

  • Talk about the difference between wanting to win and being too competitive. How should players react if they lose?

  • What other new things have you tried recently that involved a learning curve? What tips can you offer for staying positive and not giving up?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 25, 2018
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 154.50 MB
  • Publisher: Crazy Labs
  • Version: 1.0.5 Android; 1.0.2 iOS
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later or Android 4.1 and up.

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