Overview

Over the past couple of years, games such as Bad Piggies and Angry Birds have portrayed pigs as villains. While many users might find the idea of a pig hero a bit counter-intuitive, the truth is that this unlikely animal can make a great champion, especially when he takes on the position of a modern crusader who is out to save the universe from complete destruction. Still not convinced that the idea of pig hero is plausible? Then you should definitely try the latest game released by Mysia – Pigs don’t fly.

Developer

The game was created by Mysia, a new US company dedicated and passionate about developing entertaining apps for mobile devices. In addition to fun apps, Mysia intends to expand its activity in 2013 to offering consultation and work-for-hire services for game applications on smartphones and tablets. Similar to Pigs don’t fly, their future services will be available across most mobile platforms.

Interface

In spite of the fact that the app does not include mesmerizing graphics like Angry Birds, it is necessary to mention that Pigs don’t fly still has a great interface. The main menu includes accessing the game, turn the music on/off, turn the sound on/off, the help menu and from there you can post your score on Facebook or Twitter.

A quick look at its main features

  • The game is available for all platforms (Android, iOS and Amazon)
  • Even though this is the 1.0 version, Pigs don’t fly already includes 30 levels
  • While the storyline is linear, the levels get more challenging as you progress in the game
  • Users who want to obtain the maximum score in a level might have to repeat it several times
  • The developers have promised free updates in the near future
  • Pigs don’t fly require at least 7.4 MB and an Android 2.2 or later to run smoothly
  • For iOS users the requirements include a 4.3+ operating system  and at least 6 MB free space on your iPad or iPhone
  • The game costs less than one dollar and can be found at Google Play, Amazon and iTunes

Pros

Perhaps the biggest plus for the game comes from the plot. King of Bacon Mountain, Sir Pork Chop, discovered a mysterious crystal that gives him superpowers. Instead of turning into a dictator, the hero decides to put his newfound magical powers to the services of the poor and the oppressed. However, as the days go by, Pork Chop discovered that his energy isn’t what they used to be and hence, he embarks on a journey to find other sources of power to help him finish an important mission on Planet Popcorn. Whether or not he will achieve his goal and save the universe is up to you!

In addition to the plot, the mechanics constitute another strong point of the Pigs don’t fly, as the game features 30 levels that become more challenging as you advance. Helping Pork Chop recover his lost powers is not exactly easy considering that he needs to jump through differently sized platforms, avoid all sorts of obstacles, obtain the crystals he finds on the way while making sure he doesn’t accidentally fall into one of the numerous boiling volcanoes. And that’s not all, considering that users who want to get the highest score might have to optimize their gameplay by running through a level several times.

Cons

The only issue with this game is its name, which might confuse a few users who have read one of the latest Mary Brown books, “Pigs don’t fly…but dragons do”. To put it simply, while the app is essentially a fun game with the potential of translating well between age groups, the latter is a children’s book with a completely different storyline and hero.

In a nutshell

Even though the app was recently launched, the storyline following Sir Pork Chop the Third has already captivated users due to its amazing effects, music and plot. In a way, Pigs don’t fly reminds you of the classic Atari games, although the design, idea and mechanics are all fresh. While it has a stiff competition on the game apps market – Angry Birds and Bad Piggies – the truth is that Pigs don’t fly has high chances of winning the award for Best Mobile Game of 2013.

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