March 18, 2012
Pick The Pig Up is the first game released by independent developer Fernando Ortega Martínez for the iPhone. It is, unsurprisingly, a pick-up-and-play game, but it's one with a rather odd premise. Pick The Pig Up is about a pair of farmers who have developed a strange liking for the smell of pigs. With the intention of mashing poor little piggies into a juicy pulp, these farmers must pick up the pigs that pass by and guide them towards the giant blender waiting to extract their essence. The pigs are carried along a series of gear-powered conveyor belts, with a farmer at either side. Your job is to drag either of the farmers to the proper platform right before a pig goes overboard, so that he can catch that pig and put it on the next conveyor belt. All "saved" pigs ultimately go into the grinder, which you can activate by pressing the "Shake It" button. Watch the video below for some in-game music and footage. If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. Of course, Pick the Pig Up starts out slow, with only a few pigs appearing at a time, but it becomes more and more difficult as you progress. The game is clearly inspired by classic Game and Watch titles, in which frantic handheld gameplay is customary. To make the game more appealing, it's shipped with high-resolution images suitable for the Retina display of the two most recent generations of the iPhone. Pick The Pig Up is now available in the App Store for only $0.99. It appears that the thieving swine in Angry Birds have met their just deserts.