If you play mobile games, we’re betting that you have some version of Angry Birds on your iPhone or iPad. The astronomically popular game has sold millions of copies and spawned three direct spin-offs: Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Space. Now an offshoot starring the porky antagonists of the series called Bad Piggies has hit the App Store, offering a fantastically creative alternative to the famous flinging gameplay of the original game.
In Bad Piggies, you command the sinister green swine to construct myriad vehicles from spare parts. From rockets to boats, you’ll need them in order to complete each challenging level. It’s very inventive and a worthy installment of the series that we highly recommend.
But what if you’ve blasted through every single Angry Birds installment and bested Bad Piggies? There’s still a lot of gaming in the same vein to be had on the App Store. In fact, we’ve rounded up a dozen games worthy of any Angry Birds fan’s time. They’re not all exactly like Rovio’s hit series, but they play off similar themes and are sure to offer up substantial amounts of challenge — not to mention lots of fun.
Download: Bad Piggies for iPhone
Price: 99 cents
Download: Bad Piggies HD for iPad
Contre Jour is a lovely puzzle-style game that has you using your finger to manipulate the landscape of a spooky silhouette style world in order to move your character and complete each level. Not only is the gameplay engrossing, but its soundtrack is as haunting as its visuals.
Download: Contre Jour Lite for iPhone
Download: Contre Jour HD for iPad
Cover Orange has you working to protect adorable anthropomorphic oranges from acid rain by moving elements of each level. It’s a cute game, but its challenges are nothing to take lightly.
Download: Cover Orange for iPhone
Price: 99 cents
Download: Cover Orange HD for iPad
Cut the Rope
Speaking of games starring cute and cuddly characters, we’re not sure if they get any more saccharine than Cut the Rope. In this puzzle title, you must — surprise — cut ropes and use a variety of mechanisms like sliding rails and balloons to ensure that a piece of candy reaches Om Nom, its adorable star.
Download: Cut the Rope Free for iPhone
Download: Cut the Rope HD for iPad
iBlast Moki 2
Similar in many respects to Bad Piggies, iBlast Moki 2 has you building contraptions in order to get critters the the level goal. On top of this, you use exploding Mokis to send the creatures flying towards the exit, adding to the challenge.
Download: iBlast Moki 2 for iPhone
Download: iBlast Moki 2 HD for iPad
Instead of birds, Land-a Panda was you launching pandas through the air. The idea is to get Yang Guang to each level’s goal, avoiding obstacles and using others to his advantage for ricocheting, while making use of different types of cannons.
Download: Land-a Panda HD Lite for iPad
Ragdoll Blaster 2
Keeping with the theme of launching things through the air, Ragdoll Blaster 2 does what its name suggests: It has you sending limp ragdolls soaring through the air. The idea is to hit a target to win the level, but a variety of obstacles, switches, and other objects are present in each level to interact with in order to solve the puzzle.
Download: Ragdoll Blaster 2 for iPhone
Download: Ragdoll Blaster 2 HD Lite for iPad
Saving Private Sheep 2
This comical puzzle game has you using a catapult to clear levels of pesky foxes who’re out to get your militarized sheep forces. You’ll need to switch from sheep to sheep in order to fire past obstacles that incude more than just walls — they’ll actually modify the flight of your projectiles. What’s more, you can build your own levels and share them with friends.
Download: Saving Private Sheep 2 for iPhone and iPad
Price: 99 cents