Angry Birds – Review
App Type: Uncategorized
By: Clickgamer Technologies Ltd
Version #: 1.0
Date Released: 2009-12-11
Price: 0.99User Rating:
One day when I was seven, I climbed a tree to look at a bird’s nest. As I approached the nest out on that branch, I hadn’t got within 4 feet of that nest when I heard what sounded like a banshee coming straight for me. Sparrows may look cute, but mother sparrows are vicious, and a beak to the head at full speed will leave a knot for days. I know first hand what birds are capable of when you get on their bad side. The folks at Rovio must have had a similar experience, because their latest game, Angry Birds, is all about the wrath of our avian friends.
The plot of Angry Birds is simply; a bunch of birds trying to get their eggs back from a bunch of green pigs. What Angry Birds lacks in story, it makes up for in game play. the basics of the game consist of launching your birds into a structure build by the pigs in order to destroy the building as well as the pigs. You have a limited supply of birds, and all of the pigs must be destroyed to finish the level. At the end of each level you are judged with one to three stars based on the number of birds and the amount of destruction you have caused. While early levels can easily be finished with the provided birds, later levels require multiple shots with increasingly better accuracy in order to defeat the pigs.
As you progress you are provided with more than your basic winged munitions. There are six different birds, most of which, have a triggered ability that is activated when you tap the screen while the bird is in flight. Each level only provides you with certain birds and in a certain order which increases the puzzle elements to the game. For those of you that are perfectionists there are a multitude of achievements to obtain.
Angry Birds uses Rovio’s own social game network called Crystal that tracks achievements and high scores, as well as allows for challenges. The sign up for Crystal is quick, but it is yet another in a long line of social game networks.
The best feature about this game is that it has a lot to offer, both for the casual gamer, as well as the hardcore gamer. Most levels are given adequate ammo to finish the level without too much problem. Those that enjoy the gameplay and don’t care about the achievements or the challenge of getting perfect scores on every level, will find a lot to enjoy. On the other hand, getting three stars on some levels requires expert placement of your shots and even figuring out where to place them in the first place can be quite a challenge. The music, graphics, and sound effects are high quality and really set the mood. Every bird and pig has their own subtle personality on the screen, and it drives you crazy when the pigs jeer at you with those smug grins when you fail to destroy them. As if that weren’t enough, the game has enjoyed multiple updates with additional levels which further increases the value of this already inexpensive title. With the game still at $.99 I can’t think of any reason not to give this game a shot if you are even remotely interested.
Would I Buy Again:Yes
Who Is It For:People that like to detroy things for fun.
What I Like:Great environment, large amount of content.
What I Don't Like:Another social game network to sign up for.
Final Statement:Don't mess with these birds, they're deadly!
Article By Nathan Kline
Nathan has been an avid Apple user and advocate since the days of the Apple ][. He has always sought to find new ways to make use of technology to assist his daily life. As a paramedic in southern California Nathan brings his familiarity with technology to the field, and at whatsoniphone.com he brings his critical thinking to he analysis of apps and news. You has also written app reviews for the mobile app site Smokinapps.com.
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