The goal is to protect the pig family tree-home by the attacking woodpeckers. The flying pigs make the Red Baron look like a Sunday flier when it comes to taking down the “pesky peckers” by shooting them and using special power ups like better weapons and shields, repairs and speed boosts to withstand their attacks.
Ok so we have the pigs versus the birds theme here again, and no one has yet explained this iOS antipathy they seem to have, but this time the pigs are the hapless victims and the peckers the ones with destruction on their bird-brains.
Pigs in Trees uses real-time line drawing controls like iOS classic Flight Control – moving the flying pig where it needs to be is very intuitive. The game is played from a top-down perspective which allows the whole field to be seen at once and for paths to be drawn to create combos, the key to big scores and Game Center boasting.
Simply drawing a path on the screen using a finger, maneuvering the flying pig into place becomes instinctive, but the challenges get harder as the game progresses and the birds learn compensatory tactics.
The graphics are great, especially the opening cinematics and cut-scenes. The controls work with accuracy and precision.
Since each bird has it’s own objective from dropping bombs to bringing down the tree directly, the game is never overly repetitive.With each level comes more woodpeckers, different types of woodpeckers, and an elevated pulse.
Now, the idea of pigs living in trees is kind of out there, but the trailers created for Pigs in Trees and the actual app make the player believe that they naturally inhabit the same airspace. A sense of duty comes over the player to ensure that those pesky woodpeckers don’t get a chance to attack!
The graphics, as well as the line drawing dynamic, make this game. Everything about the user interface in this app is pleasing to the eye and belongs there. Movements are smooth and extremely accurate. There really is nothing to pick at here except the woodpeckers.
Although Pigs in Trees is easy enough for kids to get a kick out of playing, older gamers will enjoy it as well. It becomes awfully habit-forming after the first few levels, so beware!
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