Thursday, December 1, 2011
Let's, for the sake of argument, agree that there's nothing ethically wrong with that, before we move on to the next point. Now, one would assume that if you're going to ride someone else's coattails like this, that you would have a game worthy of associating with the real deal. I'm going to insert a gameshow buzzer noise that would indicate an incorrect answer right now; you'd be wrong to assume this because Raging Pigs, although trying to copy the spirit of Angry Birds in many ways, is nothing like the game it wants to be.
The movements of the pig are nothing short of clunky. There is no flow to his motion as he moves with almost Q-Bert or Pac Man-like rigidity. The D-Pad is difficult to use so there's also the option of switching to a virtual joystick. I found this even more cumbersome so I switched back to the D-Pad. On the bottom right hand side of your screen you have a button with a picture of a crate on it. Walk up to a crate, press and hold the “crate” button, then move either left or right and you can push or pull the crate. This is useful in trying to make the stage more navigable for your bacon-maker and you can also crush birds between, and under, crates. Be careful though, as you can get smooshed under a crate yourself if you move it in the wrong direction.
Its not all doom and gloom though as Raging Pigs has managed to have some positives. The graphics are cute and, while not as clean cut as Angry Birds, still hold some charm. Bonus pickups in the game that add some degree of interest are chili peppers to make your character invincible, crossbows, fire platforms and protective helmets. There is Game Center integration too, so you can keep track of your scores and achievements and each stage has a rating system based on how fast and how well you complete the stage, so players can keep coming back until they get all three eggs on every level. The free version has 20 stages while in the full version there are 168 levels to keep you occupied so there's plenty of content there for people who really like the game. Also, if you're playing on a iPad you can download a virtual gamepad for your iPhone so that your fingers don't obscure your vision on-screen.
For a game that is basing a lot of its marketing on sounding like an alternate version of Angry Birds, Raging Pigs does not live up to expectations. Its difficult to get into the game when all the elements that make it up just don't gel properly; from the controls, to the gameplay and even the music and sound effects, Raging Pigs just doesn't run smoothly and is, to be frank, quite disappointing.
- Dom S
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