Posted by: iRob in Reviews, iPhone apps, iPhone apps - 1$, iPhone apps - 2$, iPod
You know what piggies are, no doubt. Woogies are wolves, which makes sense only if you want to name your game Piggy Woogy, and that sounds cute to you. Thankfully, there’s more to this game than the name suggests. It’s a matching game with a significant dose of action/strategy tossed in, and the combination makes for a serious challenge.
Your first look at Piggy Woogy is going to result in thinking “I didn’t need another game where I put three pretty gems in a row for points,” and you’re probably right about that. But that’s not what this game is. You’re not playing for points here, you’re playing for Woogies, or against Woogies, really. Instead of just figuring out the necessary pattern to rack up as many jewel matches and combos as you possibly can within a certain time frame, you have to capture wolves. They’re interested in having pork chops for dinner, and those chops happen to be attached to your friends Piggy and Pinny, defending their jewel-walled tower from hungry Woogies.
To make the matches, you swipe the pair of gems you want to switch, which sets off the predictable match, drop, and jewel rearrangement you’re familiar with from other such games. The key to Piggy Woogy, however, is making the matches in such a way that they dislodge the climbing Woogies. Otherwise, those Woogies will take a bite out of your piggies’ health meter, and you lose. Not only that, but you’ve got a quota of woogies to catch for each stage, starting with five and multiplying into the dozens quickly.
Despite looking more like a matching game than anything else, Piggy Woogy is more action/strategy in practice. The Woogies don’t let up, and they evolve to include all types of dastardly, more difficult to capture Woogy-fiends as you go. There’s a variety of enemies, and some bonus attacks (like oil, ice, and refresh), as well as special blocks which drop within the jewel wall to keep it interesting. Piggy Woogy is enough of a departure from typical matching games to offer the most accomplished player of those games a serious challenge. That’s where its target fan base is, I would guess—people who love matching games but are bored with the fact that all they can really do is force you to go faster. Piggy Woogy puts more brain cells to work.
It looks good doing it, too. Piggy Woogy has put enough effort into its fairytale franchise design that I wouldn’t be surprised to see plenty of Piggy Woogy spinoff products—other games, videos, etc. It’s a pleasant fairytale premise with a decent soundtrack and great character design that could do more than promote a matching game.
Piggy Woogy is available now in the App Store, for the reasonable investment of $1.99 (iTunes Link). Don’t blame me when you find out it’s not a no brainer. This game is sometimes as frustrating as it is addictive, in a very satisfying way.