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Genre: Puzzle / CD-ROM for Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows XP / Release Date: 2011-11-25 / Published by Focus Multimedia Ltd

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      28.11.2012 12:52
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      Not worth the risk besides video games aren't healthy!

      After reviewing games and toys, often with an old-fashioned and educational value, I think it's time to enter the party season with something that's stupid, and yet intoxicatingly fun, in the form of 'Angry Birds'. Oh wait; you've probably all ready heard about this game. It's so well known. Game Play: The curser should be the bird (you). That's if the CD works but more on that later. Pigs, in this game, are thieving little things with the desire for your eggs. The conniving tricksters have hidden your eggs. Find them and attack. This game becomes even more stupid when you throw birds at the places where the eggs have been placed by the pigs. It's rather strange that a bird should throw birds. I don't know why you couldn't just destroy the pigs with bird poo. Anyway, once the pigs are destroyed you can go up to the next level. There are different coloured birds denoting different levels of power and slightly different actions but they usually involve explosions of some sort. Find the golden eggs and you get bonus points. This gives a tummy flip of a thrill! Levels go all the way up to three hundred and you are allowed to go back and improve your previous score on the last level. This game is rated 'u' but I personally, don't believe in encourage children to play computer games. They should be improving their communication with family board games and physically fun games instead. I am a bit annoyed at myself for giving in from time to time to video games. Unless, they are educational and fun I really ought to avoid. I play this on one an Android iphone. You can download the App from the Apple store. I'm afraid I succumbed to the wild abandon of a video game. I thought it would be a great idea to play this on the PC with a bigger screen and better sound system. The extra bonus would be elderly friends could have a go too as they'd be able to make use of the large keyboard, mouse, and enjoy the visual and audio aspects. It was a good plan. So the CD version seemed like a nice safe bet for me. It went so wrong. This CD (but not the game when it works) is a waste of money, and time and is a drain on the nerves. What happened or rather didn't happen: One of my computers is Windows 7. It tells you on the packaging on the 'Angry Birds' CD that Windows 7 is compatible. Let me warn you now; it is not. I'm not the only one who's had problems just search online forums. I even watched video uploads on social media sites to see what to do to make this CD work. I put it in the machine and ended up with an error message. My research online revealed that other people have tried contacting the manufacturers, Rovio, and had no joy so I was not going to waste even more time on complaining when I knew I would be ignored. I attempted the free downloads and that failed to do anything. I uninstalled them from my programs and gave up. Besides during this research, in the vain hope it might work, I learnt that it's a bit of a money making racket. Accordingly, if the CD works for you it then advises that to continue with the game an activation code is required. To get this code it seems you have to spend more money. Rip off. Now who's angry? I was happy-ish to be wasting time playing 'Angry Birds' but not in just attempting to make the game work. Yesterday, I told someone who works in the local charity shop, what had happened and would they like to risk trying it as it should work on other Windows systems. She borrowed it last night. The feedback since is that it worked on Windows Vista. Apparently people report it works on windows 7 so I can't explain why there is such a large number of people who find it defective. Today I'm donating it to charity as they might as well gain from it rather than me having the hassle of returning the opened CD. It's a bit sad for bird and pig lovers. Having said that, it's a fabulously addictive, brainless game so if you want it, keep it for the android phone, or get the CD cheap in case your computer does tolerate the CD. Currently, £5.99 on Amazon but don't take the risk unless they change things.

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