Donut Games has seemingly always had the philosophy of making small, simple games that only have a few bits of gameplay to speak of. Bubble Pig [$0.99] continues that trend by having one touch gameplay that is both fun and rewarding time after time.

While pigs don’t exactly fly, their rubbery skins and rotund bodies do lend well to bouncing, and Bubble Pig’s gameplay takes full advantage of this. Bouncing the pig around each level is easy; all you have to do is tap where you’d like the pig to bounce to, and he’ll continue to bounce automatically in that direction.

One-touch controls can feel too simplistic if not done well, but this game manages to do it without making it feel like an effortless experience. As some of our forum posters have pointed out, the gameplay is remarkably similar to Bean’s Quest [$2.99] or Superstar Chefs [$0.99].

Making the pig bounce all around the level may be fun, but you will need to complete goals along the way to keep things moving smoothly. Using the pig, you’ll need to activate switches scattered throughout each stage, with the level completing once you’ve hit them all. What makes the stages fun isn’t just moving around and hitting the switches however, the gimmicks involved in each stage are.

Just about every level has a unique gimmick you’ll need to overcome, keeping things fresh each time you play. In one level, you may need to dodge angry foxes that threaten to slaughter your poor pig, or perhaps you’ll need to navigate a series of pipes to find all of the switches in another. Having a new type of concept introduced in almost each new level will keep you thirsty for more and more every time you pick up the game.

Also scattered through each level are various fruits and coins for you to collect. Collecting these items (especially all of them if you can) will reward you with achievements and a special star rating for each level. To further incentivize collecting, you can also compare scores with your friends to make sure you’re as hot as you think you are. Sharing and comparing is key for longevity in these types of games, so it’s nice to see the leaderboards and achievements integrated so tightly.

We’ve probably all come to expect by now that Donut has a unique style that every one of their games uses, and Bubble Pig is no exception. Each stage is colorful and the animations are incredibly smooth, keeping with the standards already set. Being a universal app also helps, as playing on the iPad makes controlling the pig a bit easier, and the colors pop just a bit more.

Bubble Pig is one of those games that achieves a great balance between being straightforward, while still managing to be challenging too. Dismissing the game as being too formulaic would be unfair, as it manages to be very fun despite its simplistic premise.

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  • LeoGe

    This game is very general

  • Jo.

    Seems like a pretty high score for a generic game. I think TA writers should learn to distinguish a 5 star game from a 3 star game.

  • http://twitter.com/woodesh matthew wood

    while it does look awesome the scoring seems a tad high, i just wish that all the stars could be used to better reflect an overcrowded genre. doesn't really add anything worthwhile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Bristol-Habegger/623844222 Ben Bristol Habegger

    I loved this game. Easily one of Donut Games' best.

  • hamstertoast

    Looks fun, I'll give it a try and come back
    To leave my thoughts.

  • grimfate

    I agree, usually the reviews here arent bad, but every time they review a Donut games release it gets a super high and undeserving score. Every one of their games feels like it was made in a couple of days using a prefab interface and the same recycled art assets.

Bubble Pig Reviewed by Talor Berthelson on . Rating: 4.5