A Pigs Dream
It can be dangerous sometimes to review
games from independent developers. Why? Well some independent developers
try to use media outlets like Family Friendly Gaming as their personal
QC departments. They can have hopes and dreams of their game being the
next big thing, but their product would not even make it up to the
bargain bin. So when our main man asked me to review A Pig's Dream I was
a little uncomfortable. Nightmares of hate emails filled my head.
I did what any intelligent person does - I prayed about it. The Holy Spirit gave me a peace about reviewing A Pig's Dream. Anyone with any intelligence knows to do what God tells you to. So I started to play A Pig's Dream. The pig is on a quest to free the other animals. Who somehow got locked into glass cages. How did that happen? I am not quite sure, but it does not really matter. What matters is how addicting A Pig's Dream is.
The visuals in A Pig's Dream are okay. Certain things like the boxes, bars, and environments look fantastic. The animals look okay. I have seen better in apps, and I have seen worse. But this is coming from an indie developer so I expected something to not be on the same level as the multi-million dollar earning major game corporations. I did not find any offensive images while playing A Pig's Dream.
The sounds in A Pig's Dream are interesting. They can be difficult to describe. There are some animal sounds that fit the animals in this app. There are also some celebration sounds that make me think of a slot machine. Yeah that is a little weird isn't it? I found it to be strange. It is also very distinctive. I loved getting three stars in a level and having the game congratulation me. There was something wonderful about freeing an enslaved animal.
At the time of writing this review, A Pig's Dream has seventy-five levels in five dreams. You can think of the dreams as being areas. They are farm, beach, pirate ship, space, and city. There are also bonus levels to be played with the red and blue 3D glasses. I would like to thank Nintendo for promoting the 3D effects in gaming. I don't care what they say, I don't mind wearing a pair of those glasses while playing a game.
A Pig's Dream is a physics puzzler game. I had to learn how to traverse my pig over to the trapped animal. Sometimes using gravity worked, other times I have to launch or catapult him. I think its a him, I never did any checking on that. A Pig's Dream adds new twists just often enough to shake things up. Certain things bounce him up into the air, others do the same thing but can be moved around the level.
I had a lot of fun playing A Pig's Dream. Not every Indie created game on the market is a good one. A Pig's Dream is one of the good ones. I see a future in video game design for those behind this game. The creativity it took to create all of these levels is stunning. If I wore a hat I would tip it to them. I look forward to see what games they create in the future.
Family Friendly Factor: 75%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: De Xray Soft
ESRB Rating: ‘4+’ - 4+
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