Angry Birds Seasons – Review – A puzzler for all seasons

On March 8, 2012

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Angry Birds Seasons – Review – A puzzler for all seasons

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By: Rovio Mobile Ltd

Version #: 2.2.0

Date Released: 2012-01-19

Developer: Rovio Mobile Ltd

Price: 0.99

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According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Rovio Mobile, the makers of the ultra-popular Angry Birds series of projectile puzzlers, has taken this into serious consideration in its latest update of Angry Birds Seasons.

The newest version of Angry Birds Seasons is headlined by a brand new chapter that carries a crackling Chinese New Year theme called Year of the Dragon. Year of the Dragon contains 15 new exciting levels of angry birds hurling themselves against different configurations of fortresses protecting their egg-stealing porcine enemies. In keeping with the Chinese New Year theme, the levels are decorated with lively fireworks, beaming lanterns, and other Chinese-themed accouterments. And since in the Angry Birds series any form of destruction set upon the pigs’ dwellings is rewarded with points, the presence of more things means more opportunities for increasing the score.

The vengeful birds still come in different shapes and sizes, each with its own unique ability. But perhaps the most significant addition to Angry Birds Seasons is the Mighty Dragon, which supposedly evolved from the Mighty Eagle. Unlike the Mighty Eagle, however, which requires an in-app purchase to use, the Mighty Dragon is available free of charge. All it takes is a tap of the Mighty Dragon button for it to come swerving by and destroying the thieving pigs in one fell swoop. Here’s the catch, though: the Mighty Dragon can be used only at one-hour intervals. And that’s perfectly reasonable. Otherwise, playing the game would be dully easy.

Year of the Dragon is part of the app’s Seasons 2012 chapter group, along with the two previous seasonal chapters Ham’o’ween and Wreck the Halls. There’s also the Seasons 2011 group, which consists of the pun-filled chapters Moon Festival, Summer Picnic, Easter Eggs, Go Green Get Lucky, Hogs and Kisses, Season’s Greedings, and Trick or Treat. Certainly one of the selling points of Angry Birds Seasons is the free updates that come out occasionally, bringing with them the rarely needed bug fixes and, more importantly, new seasonal chapters.

Quick Take

Value:Very high.

Would I Buy Again:Yes.

Learning Curve:A bit high for newbies.

Who Is It For:Fans of any of the Angry Birds titles.

What I Like:The new Year of the Dragon chapter, all the previous chapters, the accompanying music unique to each seasonal chapter.

What I Don't Like:None.

Final Statement:Angry Birds Seasons is hands down the projectile puzzler for all seasons.

Read the Developer's Notes:
Fireworks popping, lanterns glowing, red envelopes bursting with money – it's Chinese New Year! This holiday is China's biggest and longest festival, a time for feasting with family and friends, setting off fireworks, and having fun. The Angry Birds are celebrating the start of the Year of the Dragon, but the piggies are trying to scare them away from their eggs! Luckily the Angry Birds have some help – the Mighty Eagle has transformed into the fearsome Mighty Dragon!

As a New Year's present to our fans, the Mighty Dragon is available for free! For this episode only, everyone can use the Mighty Dragon to destroy levels and earn special achievements.

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