Applatter Picks: Top 5 Porky-licious Apps
Make way for the swine invasion, everyone! It’s here and it’s definitely taking the world by storm. No, I’m not referring to the swine flu or the foot and mouth disease—mind you, nobody wants to make way for that I’m sure. So what am I really getting at, you ask? Well, it’s none other than pig-filled applications for your smartphones! Game developers has this knack of using gentle creatures to create some uncanny and devious characters, don’t you think? Ehem, Angry Birds. Speaking of that passé application, pigs were there too! Only they were green and odd-looking, but they were still pigs. Nonetheless, dear readers, I have excluded them in this list because I’ve decided that weird green pigs is not going to make the cut.
Ergo, the applications that I’m about to share with you all ham and bacon lovers has pigs as its main star—protagonist and antagonist alike. Don’t worry, I assure you that they are all pink, fat, and normal-looking.
For starters, pigs are perceived as this big, fat, and cute (when still a piglet) animal; very gentle and low-maintenance. Since this world is twisted to an extent of extreme weirdness, what we consider as a “should be” had been moot for years. Okay, enough of the personal out-of-subject musings and let’s get started with the Top 5 Applications With Pigs!
A game for the kiddos! Tilt-The-Pig is—as what its name suggests—a tilt-controlled game created by Frisky Pig Studios wherein you take on the character of a gluttonous hog named Frisky The Pig who couldn’t get enough of the candies and sweets scattered on the farmland.
Tilt your device to the left or right to direct Frisky with his sugar escapade. Other than the candies, his other barnyard friends are also on the field so don’t be too hasty; bumping on a chicken or a cow can cost you points or can even restart your game. From ice creams, lollipops, and cookies, Frisky wants ‘em all! By guiding Frisky with flawlessness, you can easily reach specific scores to unlock important items and even receive achievement awards plus a spot on the leader board.
Three difficulty levels are available so channel the sugar-rushed gamer in you and test your skills on the other levels. Don’t worry, you can endlessly re-try a game.
Four “oinks” for Tilt-The-Pig! Apart from its clean and lively design, its tilt control appealed to me as well since I have been quite addicted to some non-tap games recently. Download the application on Google Play for FREE.
Can you still remember the reign of the pogo stick? Well, I certainly do. Back when I was in elementary, jumping on that springed contraption felt like an extreme sport to me. I thought I’ve forgotten all about my hideous attempts on being a pro-pogo jumper but this app called Skullpogo by Captain Games summoned the unwanted memories of my pogo fails.
In the game, you are a skeleton with a pogo (cool, huh?) trying to defend your territory, a cemetery, from evil bats, zombies, and vampire pigs. Yes, you read that right, vampire pigs. By tapping on the left and right arrow on the bottom of the screen, navigate through the area and smash the undead cretins! Other than them, jumping on power ups can make you jump higher and acquire additional points. There are three worlds to pogo to so get your thumbs ready for some piggy-killing action!
Skullpogo made my dream of being an extreme pogo jumper virtually come true! Even though the story line got me all confused because I (player) am a skeleton living in a cemetery and I’m killing those that are undead like me? Hmm… Sounds like humanity. Kidding aside, the game’s compelling visuals and nifty sound scoring deserves five “oinks” from me. Skullpogo is available in the AppStore and Google Play for $1.99.
Your piggy bank is missing! Oh no! Someone stole it and placed it inside a castle (huh?) so hurry and solve the puzzles that awaits you just so you can have your piggy bank back and all that’s in it! Okay fine, exaggeration aside, Pig Me Up is a simple puzzle game that is perfect for honing the logical skills of children.
To get the stolen piggy bank, you have to solve a couple of simple puzzles first. There’s more than a handful of puzzles to solve and twenty different levels to go through so expect your children to be busy for quite some time if you decide on letting them play this app. When I say simple, I really mean it. How can guiding a dragon fly through a rocky pond be complex? Picking apples and placing them on a basket, is that really considered hard? Needless to say, this game is definitely for children under the age of six.
In this day and age, children are so well-informed (well, most of the time) that one just can’t help but expect too much from them. With apps like Pig Me Up, their minds and their ability to swiftly comprehend matters can be practiced to make sure that they can follow contemporary advancements. Since I’m seeing this app as something that can boost children’s potentials, I’m giving it five “oinks”.
A very very pig problem indeed. The gates of pork heaven and hell have opened unexpectedly. All the hogs are now in danger of facing an aPORKalypse which can destroy the worldwide bacon population! But in every dangerous footing rises a hero—or heroes for the pigs matter. Four unique pigs are ready to take on the challenge of stopping their race’s impending demise.
The game’s gist is not as easy I thought it was because you have to control all the four members of the Pigs Of Doom; the glutton Hunger Pig, the well-armed War Pig, the icky Pest Pig, and the spooky Ghost Pig . Each of them has an individual power that you can utilize to solve every level of the game. I’m kinda comparing its gameplay to that of the NBA on Playstation wherein you are allowed to switch through different players. In Aporkalypse, your mission is to get all the four pigs through the gate. There are hindrances of course, but you can battle it out with the pigs’ powers. At the start of each level, the pigs are scattered around and you just gotta have to find a way for them to meet at the middle.
Another five “oinks”! Complex yet entertaining, Aporkalypse is a fresh game to waste a couple of hours in a day. A seriously brain-teasing game that can have you snorting for more. The graphics are great and the music scoring is just as amazing because it adds to the arcade kind of vibe I get from the game.
What are you waiting for? Save all the bacon and ham from the Aporkalypse by downloading the FREE app on Google Play!
Of course, how can I possibly leave this three little fellows out of this list? We grew up knowing them and by knowing them, I mean taking them for granted. Anyhoo, the moral lesson of their story is something we should all take in mind. It’s a bit sad that when we’re young, we still couldn’t grasp their deeper message but when we grew up—or did we?—we thought that these kind of stories are child’s play.
Don’t let their story be forgotten by downloading the Three Little Pigs interactive book created by Ximad. Using the app, your children can tap on each page and have a jolly good time with the three bubbly piglets. Here’s the list of features of the app as described by its creators:
- Read-to-me feature with voice of professional actor
- Find the difference build-in games
- Illustrations that respond to hand gestures as you flip the pages
- Objects that come to life when you tilt the device or tap on the screen
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