Rovio’s Angry Birds is the tablet-era’s first superbrand. After conquering more expected realms (kids’ T-shirts, Halloween costumes) and some rather unexpected, the Finnish developer started thinking outside the nest, in a logical extension of its brand, when it created Bad Piggies HD.
The company’s newest release, Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes cashes in on the popularity of those stubborn piggies, bringing the Angry Birds brand to a new locale: the kitchen.
There are 41 eggy recipes the user may cook along with help from the Bad Piggies. While the app wasn’t sponsored by the American Egg Council (aka the folks who brought is “the incredible, edible egg”), from scrambled to pickled to egg butter, these recipes really do promote egg consumption.
The app’s splash screen gives the user access to all of the recipes by tapping a bar in the upper left, or just tap the “start cooking” button. The main screen is also where a user can change the measurement settings, share on social media, or view photos of past cooking adventures.
After you start cooking it’s fun to scroll through all of recipes accompanied by cute drawings of the Bad Piggies and even an Angry Bird or two.
After choosing a recipe, a screen listing the ingredients complete with animated piggies pops up. The user can swipe through the recipe. Most of the recipes have only 3 steps, are clearly explained, and include a photograph.
After cooking the app allows the user to rate the recipe (1-3 stars, naturally) and take a snapshot of your creation, which users can share to Facebook directly from the screen.
While there isn’t any nutritional information included in the app (this is fine, users are smart enough to realize these recipes aren’t cornerstones of a balanced diet), there is a raw egg warning on some of recipes.
Download Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes from the App Store for $2.99.
What I liked: While the app isn’t necessarily the first place I’d look when I’m trying to get dinner on the table, it is seriously cute.
What I didn’t like: Have your cholesterol checked before making the hamburger recipe, aptly named “The Last Stand” — it calls for nine eggs!
To buy or not to buy: While there’s no logical way to make the case that any cook actually needs this app, it’s amusing, well-executed, and will be sure to please Angry Birds fanatics and egg lovers alike.
- App Name: Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
- Category: Books
- Developer: Rovio
- Price: $2.99