Wow, talk about an overrated game. After five minutes, I was mad at the mechanics and luck. After ten, I was pissed that I had even purchased Angry Birds.
In case you haven’t played it or heard about it, Angry Birds pits you – the birds – against some pigs who stole your eggs. You slingshot your birds toward structures in which the pigs are hiding, trying to kill them either by a direct hit or via falling debris. The structures are made of different materials like glass, wood, and stone, each of which react differently to collisions. Most birds have various triggered abilities, such as boosting speed, blowing up, or splitting into multiple birds.
The frustration comes with the mechanics, precision, and luck. Unfortunately, though you can scroll the screen between the slingshot and the targets, you can’t see the targets when actually taking your shots. This means your first bird is kind of a tracer, since each one leaves a dotted line as it flies. You’ll often find yourself taking a few shit shots just to check things out and then restarting the level manually.
Once a bird takes flight, the decently realistic physics engine causes the blocks to fall in a manner that not even Rain Man (the Dustin Hoffman character, not some rejected Mega Man boss) could fully predict. This leads to even more level restarts, whether manual or not, as you try to woo Lady Luck into smiling your way. Trust me, she’s playing hard to get.
What you’re basically left with is a version of the great Wii game Boom Blox that removes a large portion of the strategy and replaces it with a puke-inducing serving of luck. I cannot understand why this game has grown so popular. People must be more generally masochistic than I had imagined.
This is a prime example of a game that disappoints. When I saw the $4 price tag and coupled that with the high-energy buzz the game had churned up, I broke my normal rule of reading reviews before buying. It’ll be a masculine day in the life of Justin Bieber before I make that mistake again.
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|Markham Asylum is a founding member of Delta Attack. His tier-1 favorite genres are role-playing, puzzle, and strategy. His tier-2 are adventure, shooter, and platformer. He strives to provide spoiler-free postings whenever possible.
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