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Angry Birds Review

Review; Feb. 17, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman
Better not tick off them birds...

Every now and then, a game will gain nationwide attention and become a cultural phenomenon. Whether it be Space Invaders in the '70s, the original Super Mario Bros. in the '80s, or World of Warcraft in the last decade, chances are if you mention it in everyday conversation, people will know what you’re talking about. Right now, a popular title most non-gamers will be familiar with is a game on iPhone and other smartphones called Angry Birds. While you may be surprised to find that such a simple game has gained worldwide fame, you’ll quickly understand why it’s so popular -- once you finally break down and decide to try it out.

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The premise behind Angry Birds is as basic as you can get. Your main characters are a group of birds, angry about their eggs being stolen by a band of pig thieves. In each stage, you control a small group of these birds, using them to get revenge by launching them at the pigs who have fortified themselves behind ice blocks, pieces of wood, and stone slabs, each in unique, different designs. While it sounds simple enough, it gets complicated, as you have to change your strategy frequently to better your score on each stage.

As you progress further, you gain access to different types of birds, who perform different types of aerial attacks. For example, blue birds split into three at a tap on the screen and white birds drop egg bombs, and so on and so forth. Each unique bird adds a whole new element to your strategy in figuring out how to bring down the swine in each different stage. To add to the strategic element, the pigs become tougher to bring down, with some wearing army helmets, and others ranging in size. The stages themselves also come into play, with boxes of TNT and boulders, among other things, scattered around each.

In the end, Angry Birds is your typical cell phone game, but the different elements makes it a very addicting game to play. If you’re a hardcore gamer and are still skeptical, it’s definitely worth at least a look, considering it’s a free download. And by the time you start to question its legitimacy in the video game universe again, you’ll be too immersed in trying to better that one star ranking on the last level you barely got by the day before.

Comments

rfludwick

rfludwick - Mar. 21, 2011 at 4:52:41pm

I have to disagree that WoW is the greatest game of all time... I think Super Mario 3 currently holds that title, and rightfully so. It was very epic.

amc02 - Mar. 21, 2011 at 10:07:19am

Angry Birds is just a ripoff of "Crush the Castle" app.. This game had over 1.7 million users before Angry Birds came out. If you have not tried Crush the Castle, I highly recommend it. I would consider myself a "Hardcore" gamer and Angry Birds surely cannot be compared to Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros. or World of Warcraft which is the greatest game of all time.

GizmoDuck

GizmoDuck - Feb. 26, 2011 at 12:06:29pm

I think in time it will end up being a fondly remembered cult hit but not as big as its makers would like.

rfludwick

rfludwick - Feb. 18, 2011 at 7:58:48am

Point taken. Really, only time will tell there.

darkstar2380 - Feb. 17, 2011 at 4:27:02pm

That's a good point. Lots of people have purchased and played Angry Birds.

Lets check back with those people in 30 years.

If people still remember Angry Birds with the same nostalgia they remember Space Invaders or Mario, if there's still Angry Birds merchandise or if they're remaking Angry Birds every five years or so, I'll concede my point.

Until then, it's a flash-in-the-pan success, and nothing more.

rfludwick

rfludwick - Feb. 17, 2011 at 12:37:39pm

I dunno, I think it's starting to get to that level. Angry Birds has hit the #1 app on a number of devices across a huge number of countries. I don't know many people that *don't* know about Angry Birds.

darkstar2380 - Feb. 17, 2011 at 11:14:43am

Worldwide attention? Maybe.

On the same level of Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros. or World or Warcraft? Hardly.

Review Score
8.4

Not Rated by ESRB

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