Games: Bad Piggies, but rather good sales
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Friday 05 October 2012
No smartphone game has proven quite as popular, addictive and enduring as Angry Birds, by the previously little-known Finnish games studio Rovio.
The game – which asks players to fire the titular furious fowl at structures constructed by evil green pigs – was launched in 2009, since when it has been downloaded more than a billion times and spawned merchandise, a theme park and a proposed movie spin-off.
On 27 September, Rovio followed its string of Angry Birds variants with Bad Piggies, an all-new game starring the aforementioned green pigs. To pass each level, players must put together a vehicular contraption with the available parts – propellers, balloons, umbrellas, explosives – which can somehow carry the pigs over a series of rocks and chasms to collect the necessary points.
Angry Birds took at least a day to reach number one in the US iTunes App Store; Bad Piggies, by contrast, took a little over three hours.
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