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Angry Birds - Peckin' Good
Angry Birds (iPhone application)
Member Name: icetsunami
Angry Birds (iPhone application)
Advantages: Looks great, addictive, simple gameplay
Disadvantages: You will hammer you phone battery
The iTunes App Store is a great place to find both free and paid for apps for your Apple device and has a huge catalogue across several genres. Currently numbering in excess of 300,000 apps, iTunes is streets ahead of other application providers with only Android's Marketplace offering any tangible competition.
Angry Birds is a fun puzzle/action game that is available on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad and must be running at least iOS 3. Personally I am playing on my iPhone 3GS running iOS 4 and as many smartphone owners will be aware, the heavy feature set tends to be at detriment to battery life. The title has consistently rated high in the app charts for some time and is available in both lite and full versions.
The simple but bizarre story involves green pigs which have stolen the birds eggs which is why they are so angry. The birds seek revenge by dive bombing the pigs to destroy them via a catapult. As each bird has specific strengths from splitting into 3 attacking birds to simply exploding, the pigs sensibly build shelters to protect themselves. Shelters are built from wood, glass and stone and some of the more anxious pigs wear protective helmets. Smashing the shelters and destroying all pigs allows you to progress to the next level.
The lite version of Angry Birds is free to download and provides 12 levels using a variety of different birds. A star rating is used to determine your level of accomplishment with 3 stars being the highest you can achieve. The requirement is to destroy all pigs though you do not need to achieve a 3 star rating to progress through to the next level.
I played the lite version extensively going over the levels repeatedly to get a 3 star rating, improve my score and simply have fun. The replay value is very strong and the 12 levels are a good introduction as to what expect in the full version.
Angry Birds in the full version (59p) has 195 levels across 4 worlds: Poached Eggs, Mighty Hoax, Danger Above and the Big Setup. A bonus level called Golden Eggs makes unlockables available. There are also more birds in the full version with extra skills which are not present in the lite version.
Presentation wise the graphics are fluid and sharp with good contrasting colours. The sound effects of tweeting birds and pig grunts are rather surprisingly not repetitive and the soundtrack is suitably jolly. Controls are simple touch gestures and the physics appear very realistic making progress quite easy. That's not to say you will sail through the game with perfect scores!
The simple gameplay and slick presentation makes the game very appealing and actually quite addictive. The iPhone and Touch have great displays and the game is well suited to these devices, I imagine the iPad HD version will be excellent. Owners of the iPhone 4 also have the benefit of an update for Retina support.
The fact that Angry Birds has achieved over 7,000,000 downloads for the premium version is testament to both it's success and the quality of the finished game. The game has gone on to be developed for other operating systems including Android, Symbian and Palm. Not sure if there are any plans for a Blackberry version but this is certainly a big triumph for the Developers Rovio. Just recently and with very good financial timing is the new Angry Birds Halloween version. Perhaps we will see a festive version before too long?
Super engaging puzzle game which is fun, addictive and at times frustrating. Download the lite version to trial the game but as the premium retails for such a reasonable 59p it's an obvious upgrade. Prepare to charge your handset even more frequently than you thought possible.
Summary: Best app so far
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