Dec 12, 2011

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Raging Pigs Review

Raging Pigs Review

There are plenty of games being released for iOS this holiday season that are worth buying and playing for hours on end. EnsenaSoft’s Raging Pigs is not one of them. For those who look at the game’s screen shots and think, “Hey, this looks like Angry Birds,” it’s nothing like Angry Birds, and it’s hardly worth the dollar that you will end up paying for it.

The game takes the idea of the strangely addictive Angry Birds and flips it on its head. In this game you play a pig who moves boxes and works its way through cluttered levels to defeat a line of birds that loom overhead. The object of the game is to defeat all of the birds, either by jumping on them or dropping boxes on them. In the later levels of the game you can collect power ups that will help you defeat the birds.

In each of the levels, you are presented with different layouts of boxes that should make it more difficult to progress through the levels, but most times are just an eyesore and a minor inconvenience.

The game is designed to look like an Angry Birds revenge flick, with birds and pigs that very closely resemble the Angry Birds characters. But all in all, if you’re looking for something like Angry Birds, you’re looking in the wrong place. The graphics may be cute and cuddly, but I’ve seen plenty more done with the iOS system. I was not impressed with Raging Pigs’ graphics.

My first issue with the game is that on the iPhone 4s, which I used to play the game, the controls take up around 30% of the screen. From there, the game is clunky and slow. Your pig character seems very slow to react, and it can be frustrating trying to make your pig move out of the way from an attacking bird. Beyond that, the game makes you feel stupid when an extremely slow moving bird kills your pig.

The game actually offers quite a bit of level variety, but often times the levels are just cluttered and difficult to navigate. The game offers over 100 levels worth of challenges, so there is plenty to do in Raging Pigs, but the frustration that the game brings because of its cluttered nature make it tough to appreciate. The levels are creative and challenging, yes, but because of the size of the controls, and the difficult, slow, and unresponsive movement of your pig, some of the level creativity is lost. There were points while I was playing the game that I couldn’t even see my character because of the layout of the controls, and all around it was just a bit frustrating to play.

I actually had problems with the sound in the game, too. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get the sound to work. Nor the music, nor the sound effects. I tried multiple times with headphones, and I even tried uninstalling and reinstalling the game. I don’t know if this was a problem with my iPhone, or just the game itself, but it’s not something I enjoyed dealing with. I ended up playing the game completely in silence.

From top to bottom, graphics to sounds, Raging Pigs tries to imitate Angry Birds, but does not succeed in any sense. What I’ve learned from playing Raging Pigs is that there is no substitute for Angry Birds in terms of fun and playability. Raging Pigs has good intentions, but fails in its exposition. Spend your money elsewhere.

Raging Pigs
Platform: iPhone, iPad
Genre: Arcade/Puzzle
Release Date: November, 30, 2011
Developer: EnsenaSoft
Publisher: EnsenaSoft
ESRB Rating: 4+
MSRP: $.99