Block the Pig is a perfect example of a game with a really simple concept that is difficult to master. This also makes it the perfect time-wasting mobile game. Anybody can pick it up to play, but it takes some careful planning to pass the later rounds.
The premise of the game is that you have a pig on a field of grass containing rocks that seem to have been placed at random. At the start of each round, you have the ability to place three more rocks on the field for free. After that, the pig will move one space with each block you place. The goal is to block the pig in with your rocks while the pig tries to move off the field. It’s a very simple game that seems almost too easy at first. The pig’s movements are fairly predictable, making it easy for him to corral without too much effort. If you place your first three rocks right, you can even end a round before the pig gets a move.
Then again, this wouldn’t be much of a game if it stayed this easy. You will pass the first few rounds without any trouble, but you will soon realize that Block the Pig is the kind of game that lulls you into a false sense of security before ratcheting up the challenge. You may think you are making all the right moves in the later rounds, and you may think you know where the pig is going to go, but before long the pig is at the edge of the playing field with nothing to stop it. All you can do is watch the pig run away while you prepare to restart.
Flash or mobile games are are their best when they’re simple. Most people won’t take the time to sit down and play through a complicated game on their smartphones, but they will play a quick puzzle game to kill a few minutes. Block the Pig is ideal for this purpose. It’s easy to pick up and play, difficult to master in the later stages and surprisingly addictive.