July 23, 2013 at 10:33 AM ET
"Bad Piggies," the spin-off of the popular "Angry Birds" series that puts players in the position of the villainous pigs for the first time, just got a hefty update complete with new levels and gadgets, developer Rovio announced this week.
The new "Rise and Swine" levels (get it?) continue the "Bad Piggies" tradition of challenging players to create Rube Goldberg-like vehicles that transport the iconic green oinkers from one end of a level to another (mostly) unscathed. In total, the update adds some 30 levels to "Bad Piggies" along with new items and power-ups such as a grappling hook that lets players rappel their pigs to an objective and an almost game-breaking "Super Mechanic" power-up that basically creates a winning vehicle to complete a given level. That may not sound like a lot of fun, but you can probably imagine the monetization strategy that's at work here.
Other new tools include super glue, magnets, and “turbo charges" that help a vehicle move faster.
You can download the new "Bad Piggies" content through Rovio's website now. Watch the new trailer below.
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