The long-rumoured P.O.V. Sequel
to Angry Birds
finally came out in September 2012 for iOS and Android pads and phones (but not some phones since it's too complicated for them).
No, it's not shooting pigs at birds, mind you*
In the Excuse Plot
, an innocent freckled pig inadvertently shreds the pigs' plan to steal the birds' eggs and is sent by the King Pig to retrieve all the pieces. This leads to a Puzzle Game
in which you have to guide your pig across a screen full of obstacles after building a vehicle appropriate to the screen's specific challenges. Like Angry Birds
, there are three stars available for each screen, but while one is always achieved simply by winning, the other two are achievements based on beating the screen with specific challenges:
The first update added a third level in which your pig actually is carrying a stolen egg
across the screen. The second update features the birds themselves, who would fling themselves at you should you wake them up
This game provides examples of:
- All Just a Dream: The "From Tusk Till Dawn" Halloween level ends with the pig waking up.
- The Alleged Car: What you have to build on most screens. In later levels, you get to build the alleged plane.
- Allegedly Free Game: The first update introduced a new sandbox screen that you have to pay to access.
- Backstory Horror: When you notice that some of the skulls have Wehrmacht helmets or red moustaches, like some pigs in Angry Birds.
- Balloonacy: Balloons show up in the second episode as a way to lift pigs and contraptions.
- Bonus Dungeon: The cave screens that are unlocked by gaining a specific number of stars in a block of normal screens, which are a bit more difficult. (In the plot, your pig accidentally drops the Mechanic Pig's cap down a hole and has to retrieve it.)
- Bribing Your Way to Victory: If you're completely stuck, you can buy a mechanic pig who will come and build the ideal vehicle to win a screen.note
- As of the fourth update, power-ups are now available (specifically, glue that holds the vehicle together, a magnet that attracts Star Boxes and desserts, and a turbo-engine that makes your engine even faster), as well as a "Super Mechanic" that builds a vehicle that allows you to earn a level's three stars more easily. However, you don't buy them with money, but you get them by collecting cakes while playing the game and feeding them to the King Pig.
- Catapult to Glory: Some screens can be won simply by sitting your pig on a box of explosives and hitting the detonate button.
- Companion Cube: Your egg in the third level.
- Cool Car / Cool Plane: You have to build these in many screens.
- Crossover: With the episode "Red's Mighty Feathers" in the original game, where Red defends a lone egg from pigs in various contraptions. Not to mention the actual "Bad Piggies" episode.
- Demoted to Extra: The birds, at first. They're nowhere to be seen in the first two levels, but occasionally appear sleeping in the third.
- Ascended Extra: At first the sleeping birds are just scenery, but later on you could wake them up, at which point they will jump into the nearby Slingshot and fling themselves at you.
- Easy Level Trick: There's at least one screen* where you can get three stars simply by putting your pig on a slope with no vehicle and letting him roll all the way down the screen under gravity.
- Escort Mission: In some screens you have to carry the King Pig to get one star, as well as your normal pig.
- Exact Time to Failure
- Exact Words: It's possible to win a No Damage Run star if your vehicle reaches the finish point undamaged, even if it's flying through the air at the time and smashes to pieces when it hits.
- Follow the Money: Most screens have star-boxes you need to collect to get one or more of the stars.
- Freelook Button: And you'll need it.
- Gotta Catch Them All: Some screens have skulls hidden in hard to reach places. Collecting them isn't necessary to get stars, but unlocks access to additional Sandbox levels.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: The second portion of "Rise and Swine" introduces this as a gadget.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The names of sets of levels are usually some kind of pun on pigs.
- Large and in Charge: The King Pig being so much bigger than the regular pigs becomes a game dynamic, as it can make building and piloting a device even more challenging.
- Level Ate: "From Tusk Till Dawn" has settings made out of food.
- Luck-Based Mission: The physics engine is not 100% deterministic, so sometimes whether you win a screen or not depends on which way the pig bounces.
- MacGuffin Escort Mission: Sometimes, you have to escort a stolen egg.
- An update for Halloween 2013 includes levels that require you to escort a jack-o-lantern.
- Made of Iron: Your pig, the King Pig, and the egg can take a hell of a lot of punishment and still win the screen, as long as they get to the finish marker.
- As opposed to Angry Birds, where rolling slightly off-place can kill them.
- No Damage Run: Some screens require you to complete them with no damage to your vehicle to get a star.
- Noob Bridge: A number, for instance that you can stack balloons vertically and still have them all attached to your vehicle.
- Outside-the-Box Tactic: Required to solve certain levels. No one ever said your vehicle had to have wheels. Or be positioned right-side up. A few levels even apply this trope literally by requiring you to place the pig outside of the vehicle.
- Parasol Parachute: Used as parachutes, and also some vehicles use motorised parasols to pull themselves across the screen.
- Power-Up Magnet: You can buy a literal one to attact Star Boxes and desserts.
- Rocket Jump: With actual rockets, and boxes of explosives.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Some screens require you to complete them without using a specific useful component to get a star.
- Sequel Difficulty Spike: Many people consider this as being more difficult than Angry Birds, as some screens are impossible to complete unless you come to a specific realisation. On the other hand, once you get the right intellectual idea, it's usually easier to win your stars than it is to win three stars on some of Angry Birds' harder and more luck-dependent screens.
- Shout-Out: The Halloween 2013 update gives the pig an assortment of Halloween masks, including references to The Silence of the Lambs and Friday the 13th. Also, the Halloween level is called "From Tusk Till Dawn".
- Star-Shaped Coupon: The star boxes.
- Stealth-Based Mission: Later screens in the third level feature birds that can be disturbed from their sleep and consequently fling themselves at you from a nearby slingshot.
- Time Trial: The "Road Hogs" mode is a series of levels dedicated to this trope.
- Timed Mission: Some screens require you to complete the run within a time limit to get a star.
- Video Game Caring Potential: You can make special efforts to give your pig a smooth ride, and some screens will reward you for doing so. On the other hand...
- Video Game Cruelty Potential:
- Some screens require you to blow him the hell up.
- There's a huge amount of slapstick fun to be had when some crazy contraption fails spectacularly.
- Violation of Common Sense: Some of the easiest victories involve machines that would make little to no sense if it weren't the pigs driving them. For example: packing TNT, complete with manual detonator, on board for extra propulsion.
- Wacky Racing: The basic concept.
- Wall Crawl: The "Rise & Swine" level introduces vehicles with sucker-wheels that can do this.
- Villain Episode
- Wide Open Sandbox: The appropriately named "Sandbox" level does have some stars to collect in its individual screens, but is mostly designed to let you build crazy vehicles and practice driving/flying them around.
- Wreaking Havok: The game is basically one big physics puzzle.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: After you've carried a stolen egg across forty-five screens in "Flight in the Night", it turns out to be a rock the birds painted white to mess with you.
- Youthful Freckles: Used to make your pig seem more sympathetic.