Sept. 26, 2012
-- Angry birds spinoff Bad Piggies is coming to town this week. But, the real question in everyone's mind is can Rovio parlay off of Angry Birds massive success. My guess is probably not. Not that I wouldn't like to see it but there are just so much stacked against it actually happening. Bad Piggies will be a very solid release and even if it could get a half billion downloads would that be considered a success? Yes, of course it would. The problem is the gaming industry has always been a flash in the pan business and that isn't ever likely to change. People seem to get tired of something and then look for another thing to scratch that itch. Angry Birds was perfect in many ways for the casual gamer. It is to just fling bird after bird and eventually you'll get lucky. That doesn't look to be how Bad Piggies works. It will likely frustrate the casual gamer in to going elsewhere because it maybe is a little difficult to get past particular puzzles. But, hey isn't that supposed to be what a puzzle game is about?
So, therein lies the double edged sword. Make a game easy enough for casual gamers and hard enough for real gamers and you have just found the holy grail. Angry Birds may have just found the grail and could possibly launch Rovio into a publicly traded company, but we'll have to see about that. Much of the long term success of Rovio weighs on this game being a smash hit. If it isn't, they'll have to rethink things for a bit. One obvious question could be asked. Was it a good idea to abandon the flick and go playing style of Angry Birds for the more difficult puzzle building style of Bad Piggies? It didn't work for Amazing Alex. What make Rovio think it will work for Bad Piggies? Maybe, just the cuteness of the Piggies will make it a winner. We do underestimate character cuteness when we look at the overall success of some games. http://BadPiggies.org
I am looking forward to see how this all plays out will the whole Angry Birds and Bad Piggies franchise adventure. The Pigs will be on top for awhile but for how long is the real question. A few days? A few Weeks? A few Months? It would need to be longer than that to even come close to their predecessors success. We'll have to wait and see.