If Super Mario was a Fat Pig on your Android…
In 1985 Nintendo released Super Mario Bros, a game that would become world’s second most popular game of all times (to date, on the first place being Wii Sports). It was a sequel where 2 brothers, Mario and Luigi, traveled through the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool from the evil Bowser. I discovered the game in 1987 and along with a friend we had many sleepless nights playing it near perfection. 26 years later I still remember the ‘tricks’ learned on different levels and as I, millions others still enjoy the game. The popularity of Super Mario is still world renowned as with every new console release Nintendo also released a newer version of the game. Arcade nostalgics such as me still prefer the old version of the game that can be called a legacy.
In light of today’s game I thought what would’ve happened if Super Mario was instead a pig, would it still enjoy the same popularity? Chances are it would’ve, as I was into the game for its gameplay rather than the story. And it’s not like people don’t enjoy pigs, the famous company Rovio released a while back ‘Bad Piggies’, a game where the player enjoys it from the Pig’s point of view. Judging by its 50 million+ installs per month, lots of people enjoy pig games. Growing up my grandparents ‘played’ another game with their real pig called ‘fatten-the-pig’ for 1 year and then, well, let’s say the fat was transferred.
The pig game
‘Fat Pig’ is a free game for Android devices developed by Jaxily, a company with almost 60 games published so far in Google Play’s store. It’s free to play and has somehow that feeling of an Arcade game where your character jumps and collects items while avoiding obstacles – the Mario fan in me felt a similarity, but maybe it’s my own obsession.
In ‘Fat Pig’ you control a pig and your goal is to eat as many cupcakes as possible, while avoiding to fall into the water or black holes. The game is structured in 20 levels and is targeted mainly for kids, though waiting in line at a doctor’s office might be good as a time-waster for adults as well.
Here’s an overview on how the game is played and what features it offers:
- ’When the pigs fly’ … tap. Controlling your character in ‘Fat Pig’ is very easy, when each level starts if you tap once the pig starts running, all you have to do subsequently is simply tap when you want to jump over an obstacle or to change your direction to collect items. This is one of the reasons that makes the game suitable for kids, you basically control the game with a single tapping finger. The pig will also do a rotation when it jumps, but that’s just for show.
- Collect cupcakes. My experience with pigs is that they will eat anything and everything but in ‘Fat Pig’ he’s lucky enough to eat only cupcakes. All throughout the game the goal is to eat as many cupcakes as possible, the more you eat the higher the score (but kids, in real-life you have to eat balanced meals). At the end of each level you are gratified with a large cupcake, that you reach in a Mario-esque jumping style.
- 20 levels. The game has 20 different levels, and as you progress you are able to play any of the ones you’ve already finished. It starts easy, as in the first level there is only a little water you have to jump over (and as a tip if you fell in the water just tap again to get out fast), but subsequent levels increase a bit in difficulty. In higher levels there will also be new obstacles, such as black holes, falling rocks and you’ll get help from jumping springs.
- Twinkle, twinkle little pig-star. When you finish a level you receive stars based on how well you did, basically the higher the score the more stars you get (to a maximum of 3).
- Fun graphics and sound. ‘Fat Pig’ has fun graphics and a soundtrack fit for the situation and enjoyable for kids. If you don’t want to hear any music or sound effects you can disable it from the main screen of the game.
- It’s free. The game is free and only shows an unobtrusive ad (on larger screens, such as on a tablet, the ad is shown all way up to the right where it’s barely noticeable.
The quick video tutorial below shows how well I did on the first levels of ‘Fat Pig’ 🙂
You can download the game from Google Play’s store here: Download Fat Pig
If your kids enjoy this game, you can browse to the other selections of games developed by Jaxily, as there are quite a few targeting the younger ones: Jaxily on Google Play.