Piggly Christmas Edition brings home apples

Spoiler alert! At last! A seasonal game designed to be seasonal that is fun all year long. Piggly Christmas Edition manages to be fun, sometimes frustrating and always challenging. Best of all you can start playing free. Best buy.If you really want a Christmas fix, you can also try Christmas Eve Crisis HD, which is Piggly with Santa trying to deliver presents on his jet powered sleigh. They’re both essentially the same price. Having played several rounds of both, however, Piggly seems a little more fun. If you only get one, I would get Piggly.

Most seasonal games pretend to be seasonal games. Usually they’re little more than games you’ve played a thousand times with Santa suits and Christmas trees (or turkeys or pumpkins or firecrackers). Even Gas Tycoon 2 HD: Merry Xmas is just Gas Tycoon covered in ornaments.Piggly Christmas Edition is a real Christmas game that can be played all year long. The seasons change as you progress through the levels (should you want to pay $3 for the full version) but the piggy remains a cheerful Christmas pig trying to forage and feed his piglets. All he has to do is find the apples and get them back to his brightly decorated Christmas cottage.Feeding the piglets will successfully complete the level. But you can return time and again to find bonus apples, hidden nooks in the woods and lots and lots of sweet treats that would rot the teeth of real children. You can also try to improve your time in search of a perfect score for each level.

Players are graded on a number of levels beyond simply completing the main task. The game has so many facets you can replay levels several times and still leave room for improvement.

Piggly Christmas Edition also provides bonus levels where your only job is to collect as many treats as you can before time expires. Each time you earn 100 percent on a level you unlock more of the secret recipe for forest apple pie. This appears to be a real recipe, but I can’t say for sure because I’ve only scored 100 percent on a couple of levels.As the season thaws and new creatures emerge the piggly faces more and more dangers. Horses and rabbits steal apples. Cactus and geysers kill you. Worms and snails rot your crop. Hedgehogs not only kill your but run off with your apples stuck to your back.

Hedgehogs not only kill you, but steal your apples. I may figure out a way to unstick them from his spines but for now I just restart the level. Once you figure out how to deal with them, you discover acid pools and other hazards. All before you finish the first stage.

You will also learn to master bridges, explosives and even navigate hot air balloons while balancing a basket of apples on your head. It isn’t easy for pigs to do, and it won’t be any easier for you.Game play is clever, the game is incredibly solid and the artwork is delightful. The color palette is vibrant and the character design is slick in HD. This should be a good game to play to unwind from Sunday’s festivities or to send your kids away with when they drive you crazy. I would be the first to admit that Piggly Christmas Edition is little more than Super Mario Brothers incarnation/rip off 10008 with pigs and Christmas decorations. But how many original game concepts will you find? That being said, Piggly Christmas Edition adapts the Mario Brothers format to the iPad very well.

As you progress through the levels, the game increases the number of secret spaces with yummy treats and rewards. Some are easy to spot, others almost impossible.

You don’t have to take my word. You can download the first seven levels to see if it’s worth the $3 upgrade to the full version. In my opinion, even at twice the price Piggly Christmas Edition is more fun than games that cost $10 or more.

You can also buy Christmas Eve Crisis HD for the same price, and do the same stuff with Santa. I found Piggly more entertaining personally.

Jenny Manytoes rates Piggly Christmas Edition

Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over Piggly Christmas Edition. It’s not just because she wants to chase pigs, either. It’s loud and colorful and every thing your inner child could want.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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