“Apple enjoy reminding us that there’s an app for just about everything. My immediate reaction? “Sure, whatever. I bet pigs can fly, too.” Well, apparently they can… sort of, anyway. ‘There’s an app for that’, and it’s called Pigs in Trees. In it, a fighter pilot pig doesn’t just fly – he flies in style, engaging in aerial combat with swarms of fearsome feathered foes. Woodpeckers fly at a pig fortress (a tree) from all angles, screeching threateningly as they approach. It’s your job to protect the swine palace by drawing the pig’s route around the sky, directing him towards the angry birds. On his approach, your porcine pal shoots at the enemies he’s heading towards.
When drawing a route, calculating it so that the pig shoots down several birds whilst following it builds up combo multipliers, earning you more points. In each of the 99 cent game’s 45 levels, you are rewarded with up to three medals – gaining a medal requires that you exceed a specified points threshold. Earning three medals isn’t easy, needing quick reactions, thoughtful forward thinking and a little bit of luck. In later levels, I struggled to get one medal, let alone three. In fact, I often had to retry stages several times; if you get hurt by birds three times and can’t repair your plane (more on that later), or if your tree gets damaged by four or more birds, piggyville will be overrun by beaks and you’ll have to try the level again…”