Bad Piggies Now Available! Everything You Need to Get Started

Sound the alarm! Bad Piggies is now available for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC! Take a deep breath because there is a lot, and we mean A LOT, of information to outline (consider this our exhaustive guide to this amazing game). If you’re eyes have already glazed over, or you had too much bacon for breakfast (shame on you!), then watch the “First Look” video above. It contains a lot of great info as well as a bunch of the actual gameplay. Okay, without further ado, let’s get started.

First, some helpful links:

Availability:

Like Angry Birds Space, Bad Piggies is launching simultaneously on multiple platforms. This is something quite unique in the world of mobile games. A bunch of additional platforms will be available soon as well, though we don’t know the exact dates as of yet.

  • iPhone/iPod Touch: Bad Piggies (SD) costs $0.99 USD in the Apple AppStore. It is not clear whether there will ever be a “Free” version of the app (whether in limited content and/or ad-supported), but for now we assume no. The app requires at least iOS 4.0 to run, and only works on iPhone 3GS and higher, or iPod Touch 3rd generation and higher.
    * A special note here for iPhone 5 owners. iPhone 5, as you know, has a taller screen than iPhone 3GS/4/4S. Precisely, it is 176 pixels taller. The app will, for now, run in “letter-box mode”, with 88 pixels of grey-space on either extreme. Rovio has said that, in the future, they plan to adjust their apps to detect which resolution is needed and display as-such.
  • iPad: Bad Piggies HD costs $2.99 USD in the AppStore. Same deal about “Free” as above. The app requires at least iOS 4.0 to run, and works on all generations of iPad. Perhaps most notably, it has retina support for “iPad 3″.
  • Google Play: Bad Piggies comes in a free (ad-supported) version for both mobile and tablet. The minimum system requirements seems to be Android OS 2.2 and up, but there may also be device-specific limitations as well.
  • Amazon App Store: Bad Piggies is available ad-free for $0.99 on mobile and for $2.99 for Kindle.
  • Mac: Bad Piggies on your lovely Mac costs $4.99 and requires OS X 10.6.6 or higher.
  • PC: Bad Piggies costs $4.95 on your PC. Head over to shop.angrybirds.com to purchase.
  • NOOK Color: Bad Piggies is now available for NOOK! It costs $2.99 from Barnes & Noble.

Episodes, Levels, Bonus Content

Rovio is very good about packing their games full of content, and Bad Piggies is no exception. Your purchase includes 95 unique levels broken out over two full episodes and one playground-esque episode, fittingly named, “Sandbox”.

  • Two Traditional Episodes: Ground Hog Day (GHD) and When Pigs Fly (WPF). You can actually start on either one of these episodes, though Ground Hog Day is the logical beginning as it incrementally introduces you to new items.
  • 72 Levels in the “Traditional” Episodes: Ground Hog Day and When Pigs Fly each contain 36 normal levels, listed in 9 rows of 4 (we mention the rows because they are tied to unlocking the bonus levels). These levels are numbered via “Arabic numerals” (1, 2, 3, …). The ultimate goal is to complete each level with 3 stars. The first star is always tied to getting your freckled pig across the checkered finish line. The other two stars are obtained by completing certain objectives, which can vary. I’ll explain more later.
  • 18 “Bonus” Levels: GHD and WPF each contain 9 “Bonus” levels, one corresponding to each row of levels. These levels are numbered via “Roman numerals” (I, II, III, …). They are unlocked by obtaining a certain number of stars in the respective row. For example, Level 1-I corresponds to Levels 1-1 thru 1-4, Level 1-II to 1-5 thru 1-8, etc. The threshold for unlocking these levels increases with the numerical value. Starring these levels works the same as the normal levels.
  • Sandbox Episode: The “third” episode, which is considered non-sequential, is a bit different. This episode currently contains five levels. We are not yet 100% clear as to when each Sandbox level is unlocked, but some are unlocked when you earn a certain number of stars, while other require you to find hidden skulls. These levels are played a bit differently, and will be explained in the gameplay section.
  • Skulls: There are 10 skulls hidden in each episode, for a total of 20. Obtaining skulls does not help you pass the level, but rather unlock bonus content. Some might think they are like the “Golden Eggs” in Angry Birds, but this is a little inaccurate, since they don’t individually unlock new levels. Instead, they are more like the Hidden Fruit in Angry Birds Rio, which cumulatively unlock new content. Specifically, they help unlock the fifth “Sandbox” level, as noted above.

Gameplay! (The Good Stuff)

Bad Piggies gameplay is amazing. Not only are there endless combinations of contraptions you can build, but you actually get to control many of them. It’s also super easy to restart and reconfigure your contraption, which is nice since you do it a lot. The only downside that I can see is that without a scoring mechanism the replay-ability is somewhat diminished.

  • First Star: The bare minimum to pass a level is to get our friendly freckled pig to cross the checkered finish line via some crazy contraption (or not in contraption at all!). The levels get challenging pretty quickly, but it’s a fun learning curve.
  • Second & Third Stars: These stars are obtained by performing certain tasks on the way to obtaining the “First Star”. These tasks vary by level, but some common ones include:
    • Obtain one (or two) of the blue-star-boxes
    • Avoid “Krak-snapping” your cart — that is, avoid any significant damage
    • Not using a certain part — noted by a crossed-through circle
    • Beat the clock, with the time noted under the clock
    • Save King Pig by keeping him in the cart all the way to the finish line

    You don’t have to obtain all the stars in one go! In other words, you can use multiple attempts, contraptions, and methods to obtain the additional stars. In fact, most levels are impossible to 3-star in a single run.

  • Sandbox Stars: 20 stars each! As we said above, these are obtained a little differently. The 20 star boxes are scattered around the level (one box = one star). You can use as many runs and as many different vehicles as you’d like in an attempt to obtain all 20. Note that when you obtain a box, it is gone for good. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not since the level inherently lacks replay-ability. (Perhaps change obtained boxes to red for distinction?)
  • Building: You must build your vehicle within the darkened squares. The pig does not need to go inside of the vehicle, though this is the typical method. It’s also important to note that the game remembers your last-built vehicle, which helps speed things up and aids for reconstruction. Lastly, to save some time, you can shift your entire vehicle using the arrow keys at the top of the screen (the arrows only appear if you have a blank row or column to shift into).
  • Mechanic Pig! If you can’t figure out how to construct your vehicle why not call a Mechanic? He will quickly construct an appropriate vehicle for you (Secret, save money, use our walkthroughs instead). You can grab 3 Mechanics for free by “Liking” Bad Piggies on Facebook and earn a few others via gameplay. Additional Mechanics are available via an in-app purchase. The cost is 10 Mechanics for $1.99 USD, 35 for $5.99, or 65 for $9.99.
  • Achievements! Currently 33 on iOS. Sorry Mac users, but still no Game Center integration from Rovio. That said, if you’re curious check out the Bad Piggies Achievements page here on ABN.
  • Controlling Your Contraption: Certain parts, such as soda bottles, fans, and motors can be activated and/or turned on and off. The easiest method is to use the blue buttons that show up on-screen, which groups like-items together. Like-items are identical items facing in identical directions. On the other hand, you can manually activate each item by tapping the actual item on-screen in lieu of the button. Many times this is the preferred method as it gives you more granular control over each item.
  • Lightbulb Icon: Tap the lightbulb icon to bring up a handy sketchbook that contains helpful illustrations on how to use different parts, control your vehicle, etc. Swipe left or right or use the green arrows to navigate between pages of your notebook.
  • Magnifying Glass Icon: When tapped this icon will pause the game and bring up the starring requirements (top). You can also navigate around the level and zoom in and out. Note, when in build-mode, a two finger pinch also brings up this screen.
  • Most all the other menu items will be feel very familiar to everyone.

Well, there you have it. Told you there was a lot to cover. As always, if you have questions, find bugs, secrets, or the like, feel free to leave them in the comments below. We hope you enjoy Bad Piggies as much as we have.

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Rank: DaBomb with 310 points
By 4R2 (@r2)

Hey, it’s rolling out to all AppStores globally and should be visible soon if it’s not shown yet.

iPhone US store link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bad-piggies/id533451786?mt=8

By Key

Great game real fun to play.

Great news for Android users your save is now on the sdcard and is interchangeable between the sd and hd versions.

located at sdcard/Android/data/com.rovio.BadPiggies or com.rovio.BadPiggiesHD

By Takacs David

true. its free too (even hd version). but it says i dont have enough space…but i have

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By Josm (@josm)

They tweeting that it is availible for pc later today

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By Nanami Kamimura (@nanami)

I’ve just playing the new Bad Piggies game this afternoon in my neck of the woods. So far, I like it. Pretty funny, too, if you ask me.

On a side note, a lot of app developers seem to “cash in” on the release of Bad Piggies by releasing new updates on their apps leading up to the release of Bad Piggies. In my device, the most prominent, it seems, are Fruit Ninja and the free version of Where’s My Water. If I can remember correctly, I’ve updated 5 apps today alone (around 8 or 9 just this week).

By ryan

Yes, same here

By NES Boy

Do you get a free Mechanic Pig per day, like the Power-Ups in Angry Birds and the Space Eagles in Angry Birds Space?

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By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

I don’t think so. You get three free for liking them on fB, but I doubt about daily free.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Not that I’ve seen.

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By kai92 (@kai92)

How come when I search it from Google Play, the results show both “Bad Piggies” and “Bad Piggies HD” are FREE?(at least I think this is good news)

By Key

There free but add supported the paid versions are not on there yet.

Rank: Gold Flinger with 9140 points
By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

I hope that paid version will be available soon although adds are not as annoying as in AB since they don’t disturb gameplay.

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By Birds! (@theog)

Tried the HD version (free). No ads

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By SouperBrick (@souperbrick)

Yeah. I will buy the add free version once it comes out!

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By frozndevl (@frozndevl)

Also, like in the AB games, is there really no difference between HD and the normal versions of the game?

I also wonder why they don’t make in-app purchases possible to eliminate the ads that way.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

They have started that in some apps.

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By xebic88 (@xebic88)

i just had a look for it ,and it didnt come up in search ,so then i tried top 25 and it was the 2nd 1 there..im in Australia and on a ipad

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By Inaba Himeko (@epicotaku)

Ouch, no PC yet! Still glad that there WILL be a PC version, I’m sure.

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By sal9 (@sal9)
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By iamMighty (@iammighty)

Just got my hands on this for my iPad and man, is this really awesome or what.

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By Angryguy (@angryperson)

downloading now! can’t wait

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By Lamia (@lamia)

They said in twitter that PC coming later today! Yippe

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By Inaba Himeko (@epicotaku)

For the first few levels, I don’t think it’s possible to kill the pigs.

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By TruckDriver (@truckdriver)

I don’t think that killing the piggies is the object here!

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By frozndevl (@frozndevl)

That won’t stop us from trying.

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By Inaba Himeko (@epicotaku)

No, I mean 1 of the 3 extra challenges for a level is keeping the pigs alive, while I can’t even kill them!

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By Inaba Himeko (@epicotaku)

Sorry, I just knew that the icon is having the pig arriving at the goal.

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By blahalb09 (@blahalb09)

Can’t wait to play this after school!

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By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

I have a questin about size of the application. I downloaded HD version for iPad and SD for android phone. When I click to get information about application it says 34MB, while in AppStore it says that application is 41MB. What could be a reason? This may sounds really stupid, sorry, but if anyone could help me and explain I’d appercieate very much.

By Sopipas

Might be a mistake, maybe for an update, but if you complete some levels or create, you will sure add a bit more to memory. It could also be it didn’t download fully with all the files, if it got stopped, which rarely can happen and it allows to open app. I’d just be happy it takes up less space. Every mega byte makes a difference.

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By TruckDriver (@truckdriver)

I’m assuming that the HD version is 41 MB, and the SD version is 34, which is logical enough. HD will have bigger graphic files and audio filesdue to increased resolution. Another possibility is that the file size in the description is from a block of prepared text, and not from a scan of the package installer, so it could be in error, especially if Rovio made some last-minute change to the installers, just prior to releasing them to the app stores.

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By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

@TruckDriver, I bought and paid HD version. It’s also has HD icon on homescreen. When I go to applications installed on my iPad and clicke to get info on this application it says that 34,1 MB.

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By TruckDriver (@truckdriver)

@cosmo2503 – Such being the case, it’s my thought that some elements within the package installer may have been files that were installed to a different location, like system files or shared files, thus aren’t being counted when you check the size of the app. In the end, so long as the apps run smoothly, without glitches, then you’re probably OK. That’s not to say that bugs won’t eventually be found, as they will pop up over time.

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By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

@TruckDriver, thank you very much.

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By Chris (@chriss)

Cool game! Love it.

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By ZombieBird (@zombiebird)

Something goes wrong i have a samsung galaxy ace with 2.3.6 android and it says that i dont have the right version for this app!

By Destiny Warrior

Yeah, I have a Galaxy Ace with Android 2.3.6 too, and it says the app is incompatible with my phone :(

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By ZombieBird (@zombiebird)

I truly need this game its unfair! Something is wrong about this with galaxy ace

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By angrybirdiphone (@angrybirdiphone)

i have the same problem too :(

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

As we said on the post, there may be device limitations beyond the OS requirement.

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By ZombieBird (@zombiebird)

Yeah but why? And is this goin to be fixed??

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

There’s nothing “broken”…. You’d have to contact Rovio about device restrictions.

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By Chris (@chriss)

The text sais that you are not sure when the levels in Sandbox episode unlock. But do you know when the episode unlocks? I have some skulls already, but the whole episode is still locked. I can’t even see the levels.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

The episode won’t unlock until at least 1 level unlocks.

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By Chris (@chriss)

Oh ok.

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By cosmo2503 (@cosmo2503)

I just love a game. I tried first couple levels of GHD and can say it’s much better then AA, more fun to play. Can’t wait to play it on iPad with sounds on as I am at work and playing on phone.

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By hasan (@hasan)

hey,still you (admin) work to make the walkthrough ? The game looks awesome… :)

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Come on, give us a break.

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By Coveleski (@coveleski)

In my case 1st Sandbox level has been unlocked after 35 stars collected in the first episode. I haven’t checked this for the second episode.

By key

It unlocked after i completed the first 12 level’s of the first episode.

Rank: Master Slinger with 6490 points
By Chris (@chriss)

Same here. After the 12 first levels the sandbox episode and the first sandbox level unlocked.

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By MUFC (@mufc)

I did not find it on Google Play on my phone, so I opened the web version and I got this massage when I click on Bad Piggies: “This app is incompatible with your LGE LG-P500″. Can I get it compatible with my phone? I hate my phone!!! :(

Rank: Sling God with 28090 points
By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Sorry, you’d have to ask Rovio about device-specific questions.

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By Birds! (@theog)

i can download it to my tablet (3.1) ,but it isn’t compatible with my galaxy mini (4.0.4 – cm9). It’s normal because of the size of the device. Haven’t try it yet on my xperia x10 (2.3)

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By Abhijit (@abhijit)

This is one of the reason i like PC games

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By MUFC (@mufc)

I have sent Rovio an e-mail. Hope to get answer soon!

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By Chris (@chriss)

No hidden achievement? :-(

But at least most achievements are only worth 5 points, so there is a loooooot of space for more achievements.

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By Chicadee (@chicadee)

I’ve only played a couple of levels but so far, I like it. I also learned/like that you don’t have to drag the items to build the carts etc. as you can just tap the item and then tap where you want to put it and this makes it very quick/easy to build them.

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By Inaba Himeko (@epicotaku)

Thanks for putting up that up!

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By f91jsw (@f91jsw)

Just three-starred the first 15 levels. I like it, the level of difficulty for three stars is just about right so far. (level 10 was tricky!). The big problem I have with it is that there is no score and now real way of competing against others except for the stars. I’ll never go back to a level to beat the highscore like in the AA series. But it’s definitely on my top ten list of iOS games, way better than the disappointing Alex.

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By f91jsw (@f91jsw)

I meant “AB series” of course…

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By Andreas189 (@andreas189)

i downloade it, but i dont like it at all! :( i think rovio should have stood with angry birds! they are just loosing image with aa and bp! they should realise they never can tol ab!!! so why even try?! just my personal opinion!!!

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By Abhijit (@abhijit)

If they would have sticked only to angry birds then rovio would have only the angry birds franchise.made rovio one dimensional i guess.

By Arush Sharma

yeah out for PC!!!!!

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By Siccarus (@siccarus)

And they even have a deal to get the game for near cheap. ^_^

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By Roshan_X (@roshan_x)

where do I download it?

By Morph416

From the link I had in FB.. I was sent to the download site for the PC version of this game.. and have downloaded the demo for it.

Here’s the link to the shopping page, just click on Download Demo.

http://shop.angrybirds.com/us/games/pc-games/bad-piggies-pc-version.html#.UGR_A1GwVCc

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By Abhijit (@abhijit)

download.badpiggies.com just redirected it to the above link

easy to remember for me atleast as i am used to the download.angrybirds.com

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By DeathHammer (@deathhammer)

As I comment now, I am downloading the game. Can’t wait to play!

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By SuperC142 (@superc142)

Surprise, surprise- it’s not available on the Amazon Appstore except for an overpriced, Kindle-only, “HD” version. :-(

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By Dr. Omega (@dr-omega)

The game is fun. Still hard to break old habits about having to get all the stars in one go..

Rather disappointed in the cinematic trailer, though. For one, it’s in my least favorite art style – the same artist who did the Freddie Mercury short. I just hate the way the King Pig looks. Second, the story of the game does not match the cinematic. I thought we had fixed this with Space where everything seemed to gel, but I guess not :(

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By MakoFreedom87 (@makofreedom87)

I dunno if its just me but the part where it says “The pig does not need to go inside of the vehicle” I found that without the pig in the Vehicle, you cant activate each mechanism.(Fans, Blowpaddles ect)

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By Chris (@chriss)

The pig is required, but it does not need to be INSIDE the vehicle.

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By Chris (@chriss)

Besides, a vehicle is not even required. In some levels the pig can roll without a vehicle.

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