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Angry Birds Game
Angry Birds Board Game
Member Name: rji0907
Angry Birds Board Game
Advantages: Fun, easy to play
Disadvantages: The building part could frustrate children
For his 9th Birthday this year, my son received the Angry Birds game as he had taken a shine to the app on my iphone so had asked for the game for his birthday. Without ever having seen the game myself, I assumed it was some sort of board game, but it was far more interesting than that.
When we first opened the box, I was a little concerned at how many pieces there seemed to be and I could see myself having to erect some kind of contraption for the game, but after reading the instructions, I realised that the pieces ARE the game.
Within the box you get a selection of plastic pieces which look like wood, some clear blue pieces which mimic ice, a couple of angry birds figures, two green piggies complete with hard hats, a catapult and some cards. The initial set up of the game is really simple and you just divide the cards up. The back of each card is coloured with a number and you just divide them into their relevant sections so you have a pile of each colour and number on the floor in front of you. You choose a card and give it to the opposite player. The card shows an Angry Birds scene and you have to simply build the scene on the card out of the pieces on the floor and then using the catapult that comes in the box, you have to catapult the angry birds figures towards the build-up scene and try to knock the green piggies off their perch.
If you succeed in the mission, then you keep the card and if you don't, you simply return it to the bottom of the pile and it is the opposing players turn. There are different levels of difficulty with level one being easy to knock down and level 3 being harder. The harder the difficultly, the more points you get and the object of the game is to get to 10 points to win the game.
We have played this at home as a family and you need a minimum of two players in order to play the game. We found this to be really fun as it is more interesting than simply pushing playing pieces around a board in a bog standard board game and for that reason, it is easy to keep a child's interest in the game.
Obviously my sons favourite bit is the catapult, which I would say would be the same for any young boy, and his only real frustration with the game was that he struggled to build some of the scenes, especially the more difficult ones, on his own without it falling down half way through, but it doesn't harm the game play at all if your child is helped with this part of the game.
The word 'catapult' may ring alarm bells in some parents heads with visions of breakable ornaments being in pieces over the floor (!), but this really isn't the case. The catapult is a really small, quite flimsy piece of plastic with a very flimsy bit of elastic to make the catapult and any child would struggle to cause much damage with it.
I would definitely recommend playing this game on a smooth, flat surface as we tried playing it on the living room floor carpet and it just didn't work at all as you just couldn't build the scene on the floor as the unevenness of carpet makes it keep falling over as the pieces are rather lightweight and don't stand up well so you need either a table or flat surface on which to build the scene.
This is a simple game that uses very little in the way of logic or education and it is purely about fun. The concept is really simple and you can play it with a few players if needed but 2-4 would be recommended I think. This game tends to retail at around £12.00 and it is recommended for children over the age of 5 which is about right as children younger than this would need help in making the scene. My son gets a lot of satisfaction when he knocks the entire thing over and really enjoys this game, never getting bored of it and the great thing is it is easy to play, takes no setting up and is easy to put away again afterwards. The game doesn't take long to play when playing with two players and we find a general game takes no longer than around 20 minutes which is good as after this, younger children might start to lose interest.
Overall, this is a really simple, but fun game that is great for both kids and adults to play together and works well as a family game. It doesn't cost the earth and is over with pretty quickly and therefore it comes with a recommendation from me.
Summary: A really fun game for kids