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Review: Angry Birds

(1) June 20th, 2010

Guys. Hey, you guys. GUYS. These massive jerkface pigs stole all the eggs from the innocent birdies nests! WHAT WANKERS! The next generation of birds is at stake. We must exact revenge. We have a few varieties of birds, and a slingshot at our disposal. The result? The number one paid app in the App Store, Angry Birds.

Angry Birds by ClickGamer and Rovio has seen phenomenal success not just in rankings and purchases but also in user reviews. The average user who reviewed or rated this game on the App Store gave it a 4.85 out of 5. Not bad! It’s a well executed physics puzzler, where you use a slingshot to lob birds at the pig’s fortified castles with the hopes of taking them the eff down. They did mess with your kids, after all. That’s just not kosher *rimshot*. The castles are made from concrete, glass, and wood, and sometimes have a weak point in which to bring the entire structure down to it’s knees with the right blend of bird, power, and trajectory.

In the staggeringly entertaining 135 levels, sometimes it takes smarts, and sometimes it takes brute force. You have a few different types of birds to choose from, a basic red guy that acts as a cannonball, a blue guy that separates into 3 smaller birds when you tap the screen, a bomber bird that drops eggs when prompted, and even a big black incendiary bird that explodes causing ample destruction. The levels get continually harder or involve more strategy and thinking before slinging, as you progress. You’re awarded one to three stars when you complete a level, based on how many birds you have left when all pigs are obliterated, so there is liberal amounts of replay value if you aim to get 3 stars on every level. Your friends can watch you dance on the corpses of the swine you’ve smote, with Twitter and Facebook integration. The music and sound effects can get a little annoying when those pigs oink with a smug sense of self-satisfaction when you’re trying the same level for the 6th time and getting a little frustrated, but it can easily be fixed by turning the phone on silent.

I’ve logged a fair few hours into Angry Birds, and it may come as no surprise my reasoning. It’s cute. It’s quirky. It has attention to detail, and it has variety. When you lose a level, the pigs have a self-congratulatory oink and grin with delight. As they accrue damage, they get black eyes and start feeling weary. The birds squint as they brace for impact. It’s the small touches that make this game fun. It has everything Fragger lacked, and that’s why I like it. Top notch stuff and testament to why it’s the second highest grossing app on the App Store.

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One Response to “Review: Angry Birds”

  1. elroy says:

    Oh Angry Birds, why can’t I quit you?

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