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Exclusive: Bad Piggies will let you build a better pig

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Flight is no longer just for the birds.

Yahoo! Games has the exclusive scoop on the gameplay in Bad Piggies, the next chapter in the Angry Birds saga. This time around, you'll play as the antagonistic porkers, but not by mercilessly flinging them at walls.

Instead, Bad Piggies takes a page from game maker Rovio's other recent hit, Amazing Alex, by letting players build curious contraptions for the pigs as they set out to steal more of those delicious eggs. You'll craft all sorts of shoddy vehicles, from rickety flying machines to creaky jalopies, and then steer your hunk of junk through winding courses as you try to "three-star" the levels.

While building vehicles might sound a lot more complicated than the simple flinging action in Angry Birds, an intuitive blueprint mode lets you drag and drop parts quickly and easily. Wil E. Coyote would be green with envy.

Check out the debut gameplay trailer exclusively on Yahoo! Games to see the swine in action:

Rovio considers Bad Piggies a brand-new franchise rather than another Angry Birds spinoff, and based on the significantly different gameplay mechanics, we tend to agree.

"As far as the gameplay goes, Bad Piggies and Angry Birds are complete opposites," Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games at Rovio told Y! Games. "Angry Birds smash things up, Bad Piggies build stuff. The pigs are all about making plans and building things, even -- and especially -- when they don't work!"

Not that Rovio knows much about things not working. The company has turned the Angry Birds franchise into one of the most successful media properties in the world, helping generate over $100 million in revenue for 2011. Over 1 billion copies of Angry Birds have been downloaded since the game's initial release, which has been spun into everything from theme parks to an upcoming feature film.

While such a massive property will undoubtedly loom large over anything else Rovio creates, the company believes Bad Piggies can stand on its own -- and plans to stand by the green troublemakers.

"This is a long-term commitment," Ville Heijari, vice president of franchise development, told Fast Company. "This is the sibling of Angry Birds, and it will get a lot of push over time."

Bad Piggies releases on September 27 for iOS and Android users. Rovio also plans on bringing the game to Windows Phone and PC users as well. For more info, check out the official Bad Pigges site or follow the dastardly beasts on Facebook and Twitter.

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