Angry Birds Review

Destructive physics help make this a very charming puzzle game, and the great level variety seals the deal.

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Most casual news watchers are familiar with explosives that have names like "bunker busters" and "daisy cutters." However, in Rovio Mobile's popular game, Angry Birds, multicolored chickens can take on the properties of these same bombs when pushed to the limits by egg-stealing green pigs.

In Angry Birds, you have to use birds as missiles.

Explosive chickens, adorable as they are, would be pointless without big buildings to topple, and Angry Birds provides more than 200 of them, with more added all the time. You can thoroughly demolish anything from stone castles to glass houses as you punish those evil, egg-stealing pigs.

To play, you simply load up a chicken in your slingshot, pull back while setting your angle, and let go to start the destruction. Angry Birds' gameplay is incredibly easy to understand, and the visual payoff for blowing stuff up is consistently impressive. Blue chickens split up in midair for a spread effect; heavy bomb chickens explode and send structures flying; and egg-laying hens let you deliver a yolky payload directly below.

You always receive the chickens in a particular order, which diminishes some of the strategy. Even though some chickens can be used to set up chain reactions, like using a burrowing hen to soften up a building's stone exterior and then following up with a ticking explosive chicken to blast out the walls--you don't get to do this if you don't get the chickens in this order.

Angry Birds has more than 200 levels, with more added all the time.

Although you might fling your chickens in the same spot each time, the game's sensitive physics system usually gives different results. It's generally impossible to re-create specific trajectories and reactions, so there's some luck involved where obtaining a high score (and a full three-star rating) is concerned. There aren't really any tangible benefits to completing every mission with a three-star score, besides boasting about your score on the online leaderboards, anyway. Angry Birds has some minor issues, but most of the time, you won't notice because you'll be too busy trying to squish pigs and make full use of your chicken arsenal. The game's weapons, physics, and varied levels are really quite excellent, and they make this military-farm-complex a whole lot of fun.

This review was provided by GameSpot mobile content partner SlideToPlay.com.

The Good
Extremely fun physics
Easy to pick up and play
200-plus levels.
The Bad
Limited strategy
Winning often requires luck.
9
Superb
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7 comments
Andrea_05
Andrea_05

I enjoy playing angry bird but after a certain point it becomes boring and redundant. Preferably, games like Burt Destruction, Air Strike Classic, Temple run, subway surfer has something which keep the user alluring. Burt as far is my personal favorite :)


AQWBlaZer91
AQWBlaZer91

Really awesome I want this for my 3DS if possiable.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

Not sure why people hate on this app. It's a fun way to pass time, and it obviously won't replace Metal Gear Solid 4. :P

Rivboes
Rivboes

Angry Birds is terrible.

Angry Birds More Info

First Release on Dec 11, 2009
  • iPhone/iPod
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Developed by:
Rovio Mobile, Clickgamer.com, Abstraction Games
Published by:
Clickgamer.com, Rovio Mobile, Chillingo Ltd, Focus Multimedia, Microsoft Game Studios
Genres:
Puzzle
Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
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