By: Chris Buffa October 1, 2012 0 Comments

We help you become builder extraordinaire.

Rovio Entertainment's newest iOS and Android game, Bad Piggies, plays nothing like Angry Birds. Instead of propelling our fine-feathered friends with a slingshot, players aid and abet those rascally pigs by building contraptions to ferry those diabolical swine from point A to point B while satisfying goals en route to the finish line. To that end, instant gratification goes right out the window in exchange for generous amounts of head scratching, as gamers figure out the best combination of parts to earn up to three gold stars per stage. It's a bit maddening, to say the least, which is why we hope to alleviate some stress with this Bad Piggies cheats and tips guide.

Know What All The Parts Do

Instead of presenting you with the game's available parts from the beginning, Rovio forces you to unlock them all by simply playing Bad Piggies. That said, you should have a basic understanding of what each part does, and how they all work in tandem. Here are several pieces you'll come across.

Wooden Crates: Excellent for balancing your vehicle while also giving pigs a place to sit.

*Note: You cannot set a vehicle in motion until a pig is inside.

Bottle Rockets: Propel your vehicle up, down, left or right, depending on how you position the nozzles.

Wheels: These get the ball rolling, so to speak.

Motor: Great for keeping a vehicle moving while maintaining momentum.

Balloons: Not only do they float upwards, but they also take piggies along for the ride.

TNT: Tap these dangerous boxes to create a powerful explosion that propels pigs in multiple directions.

Unused Parts...No Problem

You don't need to use all the parts to solve a puzzle, so don't get overly frustrated because, upon building your newest vehicle, there are a couple wheels remaining. There are multiple ways to succeed in Bad Piggies.

Keep All Goals In Mind

To grab all three stars per stage, you'll need to:

A. Get the pig to the finish line.

B. Grab every star box along the way.

C. Finish within the time limit, when specified by the timer on the top of the screen.

*Note: Some puzzles don't feature a time limit. In this case, you may need to collect all of the star boxes instead.

Always Account For Physics And Balance

If your vehicle looks rickety, there's a good chance it'll fall apart well before the finish line. With this in mind, always try to create something as sturdy as possible, and give thought to how it'll behave in motion. Remember, you can always examine the current stage by tapping the magnifying glass icon on the top right corner of the screen during the building process, then pan the camera by dragging a finger.

*Note: It's a great idea to get the lay of the land before building. This way, you can account for hills, steep drops, jumps and other terrain.

Use The Environments To Your Advantage

Did Rovio leave a TNT box lying around? Do you think a specific hill will help you build just enough momentum to clear a huge jump? Should you pop a balloon while floating over a certain point? Think about these things during construction and while setting the pig in motion.

Mechanic Pig To The Rescue

When it doubt, call on Mechanic Pig, and the little porker will instantly build the best possible vehicle for a specific puzzle. Keep in mind that you'll still need to ferry the pig to the end of the stage while reaching the assigned goals.

You can score three Mechanic Pigs by liking Bad Piggies on Facebook. When those run out, buy more via in-app purchase. Just press the virtual button containing the cap and wrench icons (top left).

10 Mechanic Pigs: $1.99
35 Mechanic Pigs: $5.99
65 Mechanic Pigs: $9.99


Struggling to build the best contraptions and coming up short on certain puzzles can drive a person nuts. On that note, don't let the game get the best of you. Put it down for a while, and don't give up. If it takes 500 vehicle designs to find the most ideal solution, so be it. The road may be long, but you'll reach the destination eventually.

Do you have any Bad Piggies tips to share? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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