Review: Angry Birds

In: Reviews by Dave "Holy Goalie" Gardner

15 Jul 2010

ss1These aren’t the Birds you’re looking for…

You remember the story of the Big Bad Wolf and how he huffed and puffed to get those innocent little piggies? Well not all pigs are good. Some pigs will even go so far as to steal the eggs of birds, and that made the birds very angry.

Rovio created a highly addictive physics-based puzzle game with 165 levels of play called Angry Birds. After the pigs stole the eggs of the birds, the birds went on the offensive. But unlike the Big Bad Wolf who could only huff and puff, the birds got themselves a big slingshot, and hurled themselves at the pigs and their makeshift structures.

You control the birds by pulling back on the slingshot, determining the angle and speed of the bird to be shot. The object is to destroy all the pigs in the level. Some pigs are in the open, others are concealed nicely and more thought is needed to get at them.

After a few easy levels the structures get more complex and the pigs even wear helmets to make it harder to clear the level. But alas, you will get some different birds with different abilities — like exploding birds, birds that drop egg bombs, and birds that boomerang to help you clear the harder levels.

You get different birds and a different amount of birds for each new level. The levels are never quite the same, so use your shots wisely. After your first shot, you will see the trajectory of that shot to be used as a guideline for your next shot, and that guideline will always change to show your last shot. Trust me, you will need it.

Though it seems like there is no way to clear some of the higher levels, with some thought, luck, and a carefully placed shot, you will indeed find a way. That is where it becomes addictive, when you almost clear the level.

This is a great game to just pick up and play for a few minutes on the iPhone and iPod Touch or the iPad, but give yourself more time, as you won’t want to put it down. It’s even fun to go back and play some of the cleared levels again if you get stuck on a higher level. With 165 levels of play and more recently added, plus some of the little things like TNT boxes that explode, Angry Birds is one of the more unique and fun games I’ve played in a while.

The iPhone/iPod Touch price is 99 cents, while you can get a nice HD version on the iPad for $4.99. There is also a lite version you can try out before buying.

Angry Birds
Rovio/Clickgamer
Reviewed for the iPhone/iPod Touch (Also available on the iPad)
$0.99 (iPhone/iPod); $4.99 (iPad)

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7 Responses to Review: Angry Birds

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robbway

July 15th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I’m glad you reviewed this after mentioning it on an episode. I couldn’t remember the name of it.

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Maj Malfunction

July 15th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I’ve been playing this for some time. I honestly offput by the $5 pricetag for the HD version which included fewer levels and otherwise identical content other than a higher resolution than the iPhone/Touch version. I don’t think a bigger screen justified a 500% price increase.

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Hoshneer

July 15th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I absolutely love this game. It is seriously the best dollar I have ever spent.

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AnotherSociety

July 16th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I need to buy an iphone just for this :-) I keep taking my wifes iphone to play it and killing the battery :-)

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sun-droid

July 16th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Cool game, but come on Rovio, where’s the Android version you promised?

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Anthony B. Coates

July 17th, 2010 at 12:25 am

I’ve had Angry Birds for quite a while now on my Nokia N900. I play very few games, but Angry Birds is *so* addictive. My son loves it too. Some friends now blame me for a gross loss of productivity, because now they are addicted to it. It’s very well done.

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HeartbreakRidge

July 19th, 2010 at 8:10 am

AnotherSociety – that’s why I am happy I have an iPod Touch, so that way I won’t be stranded without being able to make a phone call when my phone battery is dead. :)

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