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What’s New In Angry Birds Space

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 by

You may have heard that there’s a new Angry Birds game out today. There totally is, and it’s a little more ambitious than any before it. Rovio’s iconic franchise takes to the stars in Angry Birds Space, the most dramatically different sequel in the series ever. So what exactly is new in this latest installment?

Gravity Games

As you might have guessed, the physics of Space are quite a bit different than those of previous Angry Birds games. Set in the zero-gravity backdrop of outer-space, you must now take new things into consideration before shooting your birds off: What goes up doesn’t necessarily come down, and what goes down will sometimes go up. Confused? That’s because I neglected to mention that the game introduces gravity fields; spheres of gravity that allow you to slingshot your birds all the way around them and perform otherwise undreamed of crazy stuff. It’s really cool, and simultaneously makes Angry Birds feel both fresh and trickier.

There’s Some New Birds

It’s always exciting when there’s a new bird in the ranks. Space introduces two: the Ice Bird and the Lazer Bird, both very angry and lovably useful. The Ice Bird will freeze anything within its blast radius, including bricks and pigs. The Lazer Bird is similar to the Yellow Bird you’re familiar with, but with one glaring difference: After you’ve fired him, you can tap the screen on any spot to make him dash there, ignoring gravity as he goes. Both the Ice and Lazer birds help lend the game a layer of strategy that was missing in every Angry Birds before it.

And lets not forget the Space Eagle. A derivative of the Mighty Eagle, the Space Eagle creates a black hole vortex that, while doing massive damage to the environs, doesn’t count as an automatic stage-clearing win like he did before. Thankfully, the game will periodically dole out some Space Eagles for you to stock and use at your leisure.

So Is It Worth It?

Sure. You get two full 30-stage worlds to play through. The new changes to the Angry Birds formula are dramatic enough so that Space feels like a new game, but still retains everything that made Angry Birds so addictive to begin with. BUYER BEWARE: There is a third batch of stages onboard as well, dubbed The Danger Zone, but you have to shell out another $0.99 to play them. These are the designated “tough” stages and they are no walk in the park. For the added challenge, they’re worth the price, but that does little to soften the blow of paying a hidden cost for the complete experience.

Angry Birds Space is just the breath of fresh air the series needed and feels like a step in the right direction overall. Thanks to the new space-themed mechanics, Angry Birds now feels less like a simple trajectory shooter and more like a full-blown puzzle game. That, above all else, is the most notable new feature there is.

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  • Markham Asylum

    I may actually give the series another shot with Space when I get an iOS device in the fall.

    • Fade to Slack

      It’s kind of like a mix between Super Mario Galaxy and Angry Birds. The gravity fields and orbital flight really do change things. It’s still pretty inexact at times, though, so it likely won’t change your mind as much.

      However, I assure you, when you’re playing it just a few minutes at a time to fill gaps, you’ll see why people like it. You may not like it, but you will at least have that understanding.

      • Markham Asylum

        I actually have a pretty good idea of why people like it; I’ll send you a link.