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      25.03.2013 09:16
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      The birds are back!

      There can be few people who haven't played Angry Birds and even fewer who haven't at least heard of it. It's one of those games that has taken the world by storm, breaking free of the realm of the hardcore gamer and proving attractive to virtually everyone.

      Inevitably, the success of Angry Birds means sequels and, equally inevitably, "sequel" is generally shorthand for "more of the same". In this case, though, it doesn't matter too much because the first game got things so right that making major changes might be a big mistake.

      The aim on each level is to take out the green pigs that have stolen your eggs by firing birds from a catapult and knocking down the defences the pigs have built. Each bird has a different ability and you have a limited number of birds at your disposal on each level. In keeping with the "seasons" theme, each set of levels is set at a particular time of year, although this only really affects the presentation, rather than the actual gameplay.

      Anyone who has played Angry Birds will feel instantly at home as the graphics, sound and birds are all identical. Graphics are big, bold and colourful. Their cartoon-like appearance is instantly appealing and (unlike some cutesy games) doesn't become tiresome. The sound is equally chirpy and upbeat from the title screen tune through to the sound effects. These latter are incredibly immersive. When you beat a level, your birds chirp and squeak encouragement that make you feel like you've done something really special; when you fail, the derisive snorting laughter of the pigs will stir you into having another go so that you can make them laugh on the other side of their faces!

      Level design is fiendishly imaginative and really makes you stop and think. You have to look at which birds you have at your disposal (each has different properties) and figure out the best way to use them. This is a lot tougher than it sounds thanks to the clever level design and Angry Birds is a surprisingly strategic title that surpasses the apparent initial shallowness of the gameplay ("destroying stuff. How difficult can that be?!")

      This is a game with tons of long-term challenge. Simply getting through all the levels (there are dozens) will take some time to start with. Then there is the additional challenge of going back to secure the maximum of three stars on every single level - no easy task. To fully complete the game, you are easily looking at gameplay in the region of 50+ hours.

      Gameplay is perfectly balanced. Levels are very short and typically each one will take you just a couple of minutes whether you succeed or fail. This makes it perfect to just quickly pick up and play when you have a bit of time to kill. At the same time, the gameplay is so addictive that once you start, it becomes difficult to stop. If you get stuck on a level, you'll keep going, determined that you will beat it; if you beat a level, you'll be tempted to "just have one try" at the next. A quick few minutes play rapidly becomes an hour and more.

      It's also the perfect blend of fun and frustration. I've had the original Angry Birds on my phone now for over three years and I STILL go back and play it on a regular basis. There is no other game on my iPhone that has had that sort of longevity. I've almost completed the whole thing, but there are just a couple of levels where I can't get the full three stars and keep going back for just one more go at it. The same is true of this game. The blend of addictiveness and challenge is absolutely spot on and it keeps you coming back for more.

      This combination of addictiveness and accessibility is Angry Birds' crowning glory. It's challenging enough to offer traditional gamers a good experience, but instantly accessible to casual gamers that wouldn't normally touch a computer game. Even Mrs SWSt has been known to steal away my phone for a bit of finger flicking fun!

      The accessibility owes much to the simple controls. Firing the birds from the catapult is simply a matter of drawing the elastic back with your finger and setting the trajectory before letting go, whilst accessing the special power of each of the birds is just a matter of tapping the screen when you want to unleash it. Simple controls, yes; but ones which give you an incredible amount of influence over the on-screen action. Crucially, the in-game physics are spot on, so things move in exactly the way you would predict.

      You could argue that Angry Birds doesn't show much imagination. Apart from the setting (which is mostly irrelevant) and the level design, this is just the original Angry Birds in a new skin. The graphics are more or less identical, as is the sound; the birds are the same and so are the controls. The thing is, though, the original got everything so right that for once this "lack of imagination" is a good design decision.

      The one major difference is that you now have an on-going cumulative score which is matched against those of other players to show how you rank against them. This is a good addition and adds quite a lot since you get a feeling of progression as you see yourself climbing through the ranks, as well as adding to the competitive element.

      There are only just a couple of flies in the ointment. First of all because you have to complete one level to unlock the next, it can be annoying if you get stuck on a particular level and can't progress any further. This means endless re-playing of the same level over and over again until you finally beat it. Similarly, if you want to go back and get three stars on each level, then this can take a mighty effort, playing and replaying the same level until you finally do it. Doing so, however, does give you a real sense of achievement when you finally get there.

      Angry Birds Seasons might be little more than an expansion pack for the original game, reskinned with a new theme but don't fall into the trap of thinking that it's just a cheap cash-in. It offers just as much fun and challenge as the original and a download price of just 69p is just ridiculous. This game will give you months of fun for about the price of a first class stamp. I know which one I think offers best value for money.

      © Copyright SWSt 2013e

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        29.11.2011 21:11
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        a game you won't be able to put down

        ==Angry Birds Seasons==

        Angry Birds has got to be one of the games that I am always playing and I will often spend far too long on the toilet engrossed in a game that I am determined to win to get to the next level. I heard about the game through word of mouth really or perhaps that should be word of Facebook as everyone seemed to be raving about this game I knew nothing about and so I decided on trying the first Angry Bird game and once I had completed that I was onto this second game "Seasons".

        The name of the game is to destroy all of the green pigs in a game with a selection of birds that you have at the start. You can throw the birds by using a sling shot type of device that needs you to drag your finger from the bird and back then releasing it which in turn will fire it in the direction you have angled the bird at. In the first Angry Bird game you had a selection of birds which did various things when tapped whilst they were flying in the air. This Seasons game gives you a few more options of birds that have different means of destroying the pigs.

        The Seasons game has a ton of different levels and plenty to keep anyone amused for many hours. There are 7 different categories to choose from such as Trick or Treat, Season's Greedings, Hogs and Kisses, Go Green Get Lucky, Easter Eggs, Summer Picnic and Moon Festival. These all relate to certain holidays or celebrations throughout the year. In each of these categorises there are a whole load of levels to play but you need to start at the first one in order to open the next so to complete all of them does take a fairly long time.

        The different birds that are available to shoot at the pigs are easy to get used to and they reappear throughout each of the different levels. There are birds that will multiply into three from one when fired, ones that act like a boomerang and fly back in the direction it has come from and others that explode on contact or blow up like a large balloon.

        The trick of the game is to use the birds wisely in order to hit the green pigs with the right amount of birds otherwise the game will be started again if there are any pigs left. The fact that the pigs are usually housed inside various shapes of buildings that need knocking down in order to reach the pigs makes the game a lot more trickier and great skill will need to be used to get to all the pigs with the right amount of birds.

        The graphics of the game are really very good and although a cartoon type of game the picture is clear and it looks very smart with lots of bright colours and a very appealing look on the whole. The music however is a different story and this is always something I have turned off as I would much prefer to play in silence rather than listening to the annoying digital noises of the game.

        This is one game that I really didn't mind paying 69 pence for as you do get a lot of game for your money and I have this game installed on my phone for a long time now but there are still a few levels that I just haven't been able to complete and I am really tearing my hair out with them. The fact that the game is so addictive isn't always a great thing as it does swallow up time and on the whole other than it being a bit of fun I am not really getting anything out of it.

        That said though it is really great fun and I can't think of a single fault with the game and therefore I feel that a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is well deserved and I would highly recommend this game to everyone and anyone!


        I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

        Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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        10.11.2011 14:31
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        see review x

        There are quite a few versions of angry birds out there and I have downloaded most of them, including the seasons one, it is a free download so the game is totally free.

        Playing the game
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        You have quite a few levels on this game, there are 6 different parts to the game, each with their own levels in each block.

        To play the game takes some concentration, and skill. You have different sets of bords each that work in different ways, you can tap on the birds to find out what each do, you have one that drops eggs, plus one that blows up like a bomb, plus many more.

        The aim with the birds is to free other birds from boxes, sounds easy right, well no it 's not, you only have so many birds to use, and if you do not use them in the right way you will not be able to free all the birds, each level is completeable, but some are harder than others and you can try several times on one level before you can complete it.

        To throw the birds it is all touch screen, you place your finger on the screen and pull back your finger top the angle and speed you want to throw the bird at, you must keep your finger on the screen until you are ready to let go, but thats all there is to it.

        My overall opinion
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        I do actually really like this game, I have played it for hours and it has never seemed to bore me yet. I will say some levels can be quite frustrating and take a while to complete, but I always get more adament to complete a level, rather than just give up.

        The game in my opinion will keep you entertained for hours trying to free all the birds and for a free game that is the sort of thing that you want in a game. I would recommend playing this to anyone it will keep you entertained and maybe frustrated.

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          21.10.2011 21:47
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          Well Worth The £0.59 To Buy It

          Being a fan of the original Angry Birds game, I was delighted to see another Angry Birds game be released, so I brought it within a few minutes of finding it, after enjoying the previous Angry Birds. When I first got it there was only a handful of levels, but it wasn't long until a update was released to bring more levels.

          Like the original Angry Birds, the aim of the game is simple, fling birds at pigs. The only problem is that the pigs are hiding in houses, behind walls, and in massive structures made from stone and wood. Of course this is no problem for the Angry Birds, who happen to be far tougher than their pig opponents.

          The game includes a range of birds that you can fling at the pigs. These include birds that scatter when you tap the screen, speed up on tapping, or are just so heavy that they can knock over a entire building in one go.

          This game provides a interesting twist to the original game, with new enemies, new themes, and even new birds. If you've enjoyed the original, then chances are you will enjoy this one too, as all the levels featured in it are different to the levels in the original game.

          Its updated quite often, bringing a stream of new levels to play. It seems to be updated more often that the original Angry Birds. At only £0.59 it is well worth getting this game, just for the amount of time it will keep you busy. Its a well designed game, that should be on every iPhone and iPod.

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          04.05.2011 13:56
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          An addictive game suitable for all ages

          Having recently purchased an iPhone I was keen to download and see what the fuss was all about with this Angry Birds game. I thought I would start with the Angry Birds Seasons as at the time it was more popular in terms of downloads, than the original game.
          Priced at only £0.59 from iTunes compared to many other games it seemed a bargain!
          The idea of the game is that you manoeuvre the differing types of birds given to you on each level via a kind of slingshot, to knock over different wooden, metal and ice structures to ultimately hit the green pigs and kill them off!

          The seasons version is based around the calendar of the year whereby they have released special levels/worlds in association with different events through the year. For each level you complete within the different worlds, you are rated between 1 and 3 stars depending on how well you complete the level. Whether this be through using very few birds or obtaining a high score knocking the structures over.

          The very first level released on this game is centered on Halloween and called Trick or Treat. This game features many dark nights with an attempt to come across as spooky and eerie. There are 15 individual levels accessible through the game, and then there are 3 more within this world you can access through Facebook.
          There are many pumpkins dotted throughout to add to the atmosphere and event. Since trying the other themed worlds I soon realised this was one of my least favourite as the music and pictures are just simply not to my liking. That's not to say it isn't good as it certainly is, but I just prefer the more cheery and happier worlds! I found this world the most challenging of them all, and in all honesty am still not able to complete all the levels!

          The next world released was in time for Christmas and is called Season's Greetings. Within this world there are 25 individual levels presented in the format of an advent calendar, whereby you press each number and they open like doors to access. This Christmas world is very wintry, often with snow scenes and snow tipped trees. This is most definitely one of my favourite worlds - I think it may be something to do with my love of Christmas! The levels are again challenging but I found them to be a bit easier than the Halloween world.

          The next world is based around Valentines and is called Hogs and Kisses. There are many love hearts and some of the pigs are wearing red bows on their head to identify the female ones! These as well as the baby pink and light blue colours through the levels are nice touches to add to the romantic theme. I found this world was by far the easiest to complete, despite nearer the end the structures are quite large to knock down. There are again 15 levels to complete with 3 more available through Facebook.

          The next world is based around St Patrick's Day and is named Go Green, Get Lucky. Within this there are 15 individual themed levels that get harder as you progress with the structures becoming more complex to knock over and reach the pigs, again there are 3 more levels through Facebook. I personally found this world quite challenging but did enjoy the Irish theme with some of the pigs wearing little green hats embossed with four leaf clovers! I did finally manage to complete this world, but I must add with a little help from my partner!

          The most recent world released was just before Easter this year and is aptly named Easter Eggs. This world features pigs wearing bunny ears as well as easter eggs dotted within the structures which you can gain extra points from knocking over as well as getting the pigs. I am still making my way through this world, but so far I have found it on a similar par to that of the Valentines world, with light pastel colours and upbeat music and themed images.

          Overall I have been really quite hooked with this game and will definitely be buying the Angry Birds original game. The graphics are great with many bright colours and themed images to add effect to the different seasons. The music throughout all the worlds is themed to fit well, adding to the atmosphere when playing the game. It is really easy to play simply sliding your finger along the screen to move the birds, anyone of any age would be able to play.
          For a mere £0.59 this game has certainly kept me occupied, which prior to owning my iPhone I wouldn't have even been interested in playing games on a handset! I would most definitely recommend, no doubt about it! The only challenge I have now is to see if I can go and re-do some of the levels and obtain the full 3 stars! I hope they continue to release more themed worlds throughout the year, and look forward to the next update.

          This review may also appear on Ciao under the same name.

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            29.03.2011 18:44
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            Another great App from Rovio Studios

            ==Introduction==

            "Bang... Smash... Crash - another fantastic app" - your favourite red bird is back! Earlier this year I was thrilled (as a massive fan of the angry bird 'franchise') to see there was a new instalment of Angry Birds for both Apple users and Android phone users. In actual fact 'thrilled' isn't the correct word to use, I was over the moon - Straight away my imagination began to fly away from me with ideas, of what it could look like and the truly endless possibilities and it is true the 'seasons' idea is brilliant!

            == What is Angry Birds?==

            Here is a little section to help those who are either new to the idea of applications or at least new to the specific application in question.

            Angry birds is an application phenomenon, the most popular paid iPhone application and I quote: "in more countries than we can count" (the quote originating from Apple ITunes), it has even reached the iPhone Application 'Hall of fame' - though at first I was not sure what this was so I researched it for you, to save you some of your valuable time - leaving more time to play the game; at an Apple promotional event one of the organisers provided this description/ explanation: "More than two years since launch, we're many apps wiser. Presenting the very best of the best" and there you have it Angry Birds is classed as one of the "very best" - so if you haven't got it already what are you missing.

            Angry Birds as a whole is a very simple concept you have an arsenal of birds, all of which have different powers for example there are blue ones (which split into three little ones) there are white ones (which fire eggs - as if they were a stealth bomber - or more of a B52 bomber plane as they are far from stealthy), there are little red ones and big red ones which smash through everything, there are black ones there are yellow ones and there are green ones and recently there has been an introduction of a new bird - the Mighty Eagle (and though this costs an extra 59p - one of payment) it opens up a whole new dynamic to the application.

            You take these birds and you aim them carefully with one finger, then... Bang... Let them fly. Then watch as the chaos unfolds. Though it sounds slightly simplistic it is far from it, I for one have spent over an hour (1 hour and a half) on one level - one level! It is challenging and exciting and easy to grasp and just plain fabulous.

            == What new features does the 'Seasons' application offer?==

            The Angry Birds franchise (more formally known as Rovio Mobile Ltd) has described it as the "special addition" and it is "special" indeed, with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 on the iTunes store (consisting of over 13,000 reviewers - 13,000!). Unlike the previous version this application continues to grow every month (on average) with at least one new 'world' being added per month - which as I am sure you will agree just shows that the capabilities and gaming time are absolutely huge.

            The idea is that the levels will be catered around the topical calendar events of the time. Now for a simpler explanation one should look at some examples - At Christmas they realised an advent calendar (something I will discuss in greater detail) which as you would expect provided a new level every day of advent. The levels were completely centred on Christmas i.e. it was icy, it was cold and there were bells - super! Another more recent example is the St. Patricks day update where a whole new world of 18 new levels (3 of the 18 need to be unlocked by liking Angry Birds on Facebook - which in my opinion is a clever and effective marketing tool and if I was perfectly honest you should do as it doesn't affect you in any way and you get to release the full potential of the game) each levels is ingenious and rather interestingly, noticeably more difficult than the levels previously seen on Angry Birds the original, the idea being it takes longer to complete and thus creating the idea the levels are endless.

            I could bore you with endless amounts of information about each of the 4 worlds, named cleverly after the events they represent, they are: 'Go green, Get lucky' (the most recent - St. Patricks Day), 'Hogs and Kisses' (the valentines special), 'Season's Greedings' (Christmas Special) and 'Trick or Treat' (the original special for Halloween).However part of the fun is to explore the worlds yourself, so instead I will give a rating of each (a simple rating out of ten, ten being perfect and thoroughly enjoyable and one being awful) with a short, and I promise a short explanation of why I have awarded the rating for each .

            *Trick or Treat - 8/10: it is humorous, spooky and there are brilliant sound affects; everything you would want and need. The only reason this isn't my favourite is because it is slightly too gothic and dark -removing the fun and jolly atmosphere which usually surrounds the levels and story line.

            *Hogs and Kisses - 9/10: Hogs and Kisses, I can tell you now it is the most fun kiss I have ever been given through the phone, fantastic little world of 18 levels, they are creative, entertaining and 'sweet' - perfect for valentine's day.

            *Go green , Get lucky - 9/10 another brilliant update, the most recent and truly super with hundreds of additional things to smash up - including loads of four leaf clovers growing everywhere - a brilliant world for those who like to get big scores - very big scores.

            *Lastly, and by no means least, on the contrary it is my favourite so far - 'Seasons Greedings' - As the title suggest it is the Christmas edition. The reason why It is my favourite one is because I think the idea behind it is ingenious; to unlock a level per day as if it were a chocolate - is truly fantastic, it is so simple but yet so exhilarating to open (metaphorically) a door into a new level on the morning of every advent - Wow is all I can say!

            ==Additional information==

            It is important to note that the 'season's' special addition is only free on android and sadly and rather frustratingly for Apple users it is an additional fee of 59p which of course isn't worthy of breaking the bank but it seems slightly unfair how it costs via ITunes for exactly the same app when it is free on android (if there are any reasons for this I would be most interested).

            It is also exciting to mention for each world there are Golden Eggs - these hidden eggs can be found on some of the levels which unlock, strange but mesmerizing bonus levels for example a whole pile of pigs, one bird and a whole lot of points, some find it gimmicky but I would argue it adds yet again another twist to a simplistic idea.

            ==Overall opinion of the technical aspects==

            I have used Angry Birds seasons on the Iphone 3G, the Iphone 4 and the HTC desire HD: and in all three occasions the gaming was succinct and I encountered no problems. Graphics wise as you would expect it was marginally better on the Iphone 4 compared to the 3G however interestingly in my opinion the graphics on the HTC desire HD were even better - even though the app was free...

            Sound quality is crystal clear, though of course the sound tracks are hardly demanding from such capable machines. And finally the menus and levels are easy to flick through, with swift and silky scrolling and next to no loading times - perfect!

            ==Conclusion==

            Retrospectively, Angry Birds Seasons is a fantastic expansion to an application franchise which is constantly evolving and developing , unlike the original I would argue seasons is more exciting as it adds an aspect of suspense - in the way you don't know what is coming next (will there be an Easter addition? In my opinion I highly doubt there wouldn't be one and I cannot wait to see it when it does/ if it does come out!) It is an all-round winner for me, a massive load of pleasure for free (bear in mind you may be distracted by the various adverts) or the cheap price of 59p. It is perfect for children with a story line and game interface which is simplistic and completely child friendly (I am sorry to say for those serious gamers there are no guns, no fighting and no offensive split scenes) Give it a go, in my opinion you haven't fully used an iPhone or Android phone till you have played Angry Birds!

            If there are any questions or queries please feel free to message me via my Dooyoo account and I will ensure I get back to you 

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