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Angry Birds on the Bigger Screen!
Angry Birds Trilogy (PS3)
Member Name: loulou22
Angry Birds Trilogy (PS3)
Advantages: Fun & Addictive. Bonus levels.
Disadvantages: Too Addictive!
By now most of us will have come to know the Angry Birds games in the form of apps for various Smartphone's and tablets as well as a few online versions too. Before I had my Smartphone I used to play Angry Birds online and then when I entered the world of Smartphone's I downloaded the Angry Birds apps too and spent quite possibly many hours playing them, so you can imagine my excitement when I went into a shop and saw Angry Birds Trilogy for the Playstation 3! It became a must have purchase and after coming home and checking prices online I went back to the shop and made my purchase.
The game comes in a normal PS3 game box, which contains the game disc along with an instruction manual for the game. The game instruction manual is written in English and is clear and simple to follow although it doesn't really contain much information.
Getting Angry with the Birds!
Firstly, for those of you who don't know, Angry Birds is a very addictive game which was originally produced as a mobile app and an online game. The game is based on the idea that the "Bad Piggies" have stolen some birds eggs, these birds are now very angry, hence the name "Angry Birds". These Angry Birds are now on a mission to retrieve their stolen eggs from the Bad Piggies, the pigs are very crafty though and have created many different structures out of a combination of wood, ice/glass and concrete and various scenarios to prevent the birds getting their eggs back. In the Angry Birds games you are in control of the birds and using only a catapult/slingshot you must launch your birds towards the pigs, destroy their structures and rescue your eggs.
There are many different varieties of birds which are angry and as you play through the game you will gain access to more of them. When the game begins you will initially only be playing with the red bird, this bird simply flies through the air and hits anything in its path, the bird is quite small yet quite powerful and can easily knock down the basic structures featured in the early levels of the game. As you progress you will be introduced to other birds including, but not limited to... the yellow triangle shaped bird, a large round white bird, an equally large round black bird, a tiny blue bird and a green bird with a huge beak. Each bird has different qualities and flies in different ways after you launch them. For example, when you launch the yellow bird you can press the "x" button and the bird will zoom towards whatever is directly in its line of fire with super force. The large white bird will drop an exploding egg when you press the "x" button, the black bird acts like a bomb, the blue bird splits into 3 birds and is great for smashing through ice/glass blocks and the green bird acts like a boomerang and will turn back on itself when you press "x". There are many more birds than this selection I have mentioned but these seem to be the main ones involved in the majority of levels. At the start of each level you are given a pre-selected selection of birds and you have to use them tactfully in the order in which you are given them to destroy the piggies creations.
So, after playing Angry Birds online and on my phone is playing it on the PS3 any better?
Quite honestly... Yes!
When you first insert the game disc the PS3 will initially need to install a system update for saving your progress, this only took a moment to do. Once this is done the games title screen will appear with the Angry Birds theme music playing and a little logo telling you to press "start". Pressing start will then give you various options, firstly the game is a trilogy so you are getting three of the original Angry Birds games included:
Angry Birds Classic: This is the original release of Angry Birds and features all of the levels the game originally had as well as a few bonus levels which have been made especially for the Trilogy. There are many levels in this game and in my personal opinion they are just as fantastic and addictive as they were on my phone. The levels vary in difficulty but generally they progress from easy to hard quite smoothly with a few tricky ones thrown in along the way.
Angry Birds Rio: Based on the animated film Rio this version of Angry Birds takes on a slightly different form to previous games as instead of rescuing your eggs from the Bad Piggies you are now rescuing the birds of Rio from Monkeys. Angry Birds Rio is very colourful and I find it is a nice change from the continuous pig bashing of other Angry Birds releases. The levels are structured the same way and the monkeys are just as crafty as the piggies in forming their defence against you. I have completed the Angry Birds Rio part of the game and I found it to be reasonably easy, but at the same time quite frustrating as some of the levels are very tough! On the whole though I found Rio to be easier and shorter than the Classic version.
Angry Birds Seasons: Another well known version of Angry Birds is Angry Birds Seasons. This is personally my favourite version of Angry Birds as it is full of variety and a little more challenging to complete. Angry Birds Seasons is very similar to the Classic game however this time the piggies are defending themselves and your eggs in scenes resembling different holidays throughout the year including, but again, not limited to... Halloween, St Patrick's Day, Easter and Christmas. In the Halloween version you will find the piggies hidden in pumpkins, this disguise is quite misleading and I often found myself missing the piggies and getting the "level failed" message when I thought I had completed it. The Halloween levels are very orange and black and look really good, where as the St Patrick's Day levels also look really good but are Irish themed and covered in four leaved clovers with an Irish style theme tune playing in the background. The Easter levels are good, but like in the Halloween levels the piggies are more crafty and disguise themselves very well among the Easter eggs. The Christmas levels are very snowy and quite tough as the snow falls in different ways to the wooden or concrete blocks in previous levels, I like this though as it keeps the game interesting and addictive.
To complete each level you must demolish all the piggies, or in Rio, all of the Monkeys. After completion of each level you will be awarded up to 3 stars for how well you managed to complete the level.
Other options when you press the start button from the main menu are:
Continue: Selecting this option will jump straight into where you left off in your previous game.
Leaderboards: Here you can check your high scores and if you have your PS3 connected to the Playstation Network online then you can also check your ranking online with players around the world.
Help & Options: As it sounds this area is where you can adjust the options of the game such as brightness and sound levels and you can also view the tutorials explaining how to play the game.
Extras: This section is full of information about the different birds in Angry Birds, pictures of the birds and deleted scenes which didn't make it into the final game.
Multiplayer & Online
Angry Birds Trilogy is a single player game with no multiplayer or online play options, however you can compare your level scores online.
Playstation Move Features
Angry Birds Trilogy does have Playstation Move features, however I don't have the Playstation Move so I cannot comment on these features.
The controls of the game are very easy, you use the left stick to control the angle you want to launch the bird at, "x" button to launch the bird and to select when the bird will do its special moves, the square button restarts the level and the triangle button changes to the level to "Mighty Eagle" which is basically a kind of cheating way to completely wipe-out the level and progress through the game.
Playstation Network Trophies
Angry Birds Trilogy is trophy compatible and there are 51 trophies which can be won in total. Most of them are Bronze, there are a few silver and gold and the platinum for completing the game. Most of the trophies are gained by completing the levels and some are won by smashing so many blocks or launching birds backwards so many times.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics in the game are great and really smooth, I have noticed the game freezing a couple of times when the level first loads up, but this is literally only a couple of times and I think it is probably more to do with our internet connection than the game itself as the game tracks your scores online as you play. The sound is generally good although the theme music can be very annoying and repetitive at times, it just depends on my mood as to whether I will press mute on the TV remote.
Price and Availability
I bought my copy of here in Krakow for 129zl (Polish Zloty) which is around £24 depending on the exchange rate. My price research before hand told me the game was available in the UK for around £30 depending on where you shopped, I think I looked on Amazon and eBay when I was researching.
There is also an Xbox 360 version of the game available too.
Overall I really love Angry Birds Trilogy! It is a highly addictive game which I enjoy playing when I'm in the mood for something light hearted and fun to do and I don't have to think too much. Although saying that I do often find that I end up so engrossed in the game that I'm thinking more than I thought I would as the harder levels require more "tactics".
With many levels to play in many different scenarios and some bonus levels exclusive to the Trilogy as well, I can only give this game 5 out of 5 stars. I have read online that people weren't too impressed with the price of the game considering this was originally a free app on many Smartphone's and online, but in all honesty I am happy that I paid for the console version of the game as it is much more fun on the big screen and in my opinion it is worth purchasing.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: Getting Angry with the Birds!