A Nice Flight of Fancy

When Pigs Fly
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graphics
audio
value
fun
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Reviewed On
iOS
Available For
iOS
Difficulty
Easy
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ESRB
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When Pigs Fly is an odd but delightful little game from EnsenaSoft. It’s the story of Penelope Pig who wants to learn to fly. Everyone suggests that she shouldn’t even try, but Penelope perseveres, builds herself some wings and sets off to fly.

Game play is simple. Touch and hold to make Penelope run down hill, release to let her lift off. Double tap and she hops.

Try and eat all the gumdrops, especially the red ones, which give Penelope a big boost. Try to avoid being eaten by alligators.

Simple enough stuff, but from the opening lines of poetry telling Penelope’s story to the oddly haunting piano score that serves as the soundtrack, When Pigs Fly is a real charmer. The look on Penelope’s face as she eats gumdrops is one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a game in a long time. The sheer joy on her little snout is very endearing.

Did I mention the alligators? Keeping Penelope out of their greedy jaws is trickier than it seems.

It’s all about pacing and not getting lulled into a false sense of security. "Oh, I’ve got this," you’ll say to yourself and then an alligator eats Penelope and you realize how wrong you were.

When Pigs Fly is a compelling little game, well worth your time to play. It’s a quickie game, the kind you play for a few minutes waiting to get your oil changed, or on the subway as you commute into work. Check it out. You’ll like it.

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