angrybirdsmain2When you see a game with a name as nondescript as Angry Birds [App Store], it's pretty hard to get excited. Even after playing through the first few levels, I was enjoying this game, but failing to see the real appeal. Sticking with Angry Birds for more than 30 minutes, however, reveals a game that can easily be compared (both by the design and quality) to the Wii's family-friendly hit, Boom Blox, and turns out to be a lot of fun.

Angry Birds is a game that doesn't even pretend to have a story, and I really appreciate that. The full intro to the game is a single picture which illustrates some green pigs stealing eggs from a variety of birds. Naturally, the only way for the birds to vindicate this atrocity is to launch themselves from a slingshot in a suicidal attempt to take the lives of as many pigs as possible. I like to think that because the pigs are green this is some sort of swine-flu revenge fantasy, but it's likely that there's zero credence to that idea.

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With all of that out of the way, players are haphazardly tossed into a level in which several angry-looking red birds are gathered around a primitive slingshot, with a small wooden tower harboring a little green pig to the right. Touching and dragging backwards on the bird that is currently mounted in the slingshot will prime your disturbed little critter for launch. From here, your goal is to aim your shot effectively and take out a weak point on the pig's tower, causing him to fall to his little piggy doom.

angrybirds2As the game progresses, you'll be given access to different types of birds that each have a unique power which can be activated by tapping the screen while the bird is mid-flight. Blue birds will split into three separate birds, yellow birds will get a large speed boost, black birds explode, and white birds drop explosive eggs.

Angry Birds will hand you preset numbers and types of birds in each level, so strategy becomes key as you find yourself trying to figure out how each of your birds can work cooperatively to cause some Rube Goldberg-worthy destruction. Over the course of the 63 levels in the game the challenges will become more difficult, yet simultaneously more rewarding upon completion.

There isn't much in the way of extras in Angry Birds. While developers Rovio have promised Leaderboard support in a future update, for now the only thing to do in the game is play those 63 levels. There is no tutorial, no multiplayer, no challenge mode, and no other features that are common in other titles.

There is, however, some good motivation to go back and improve scores on previous levels due to the rating system for each level in the game, and Rovio has announced in our forums that they will be holding a fun little contest to see who can get a the highest possible rating on all 63 levels (with the prize being a free Angry Birds poster hand-signed by all the developers).

Angry Birds might not have a lot of extra features besides its single player mode, but to be honest, that mode alone makes the game a fantastic value. Angry Birds successfully captures the spirit of Boom Blox using a 2D viewpoint, a compliment that should make this game an automatic purchase for many.

App Store Link: Angry Birds, $0.99

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  • rich_952000

    Nice article Ryan.

    I am an avid fan of this style of game (Crush the Castle etc..) and Angry Birds is the most fun of them that I've bought. Rovio's description page says that the $.99 is a 50% intro sale. Well worth the $2 normal price, you should pick it up at a buck while available.

  • rich_952000

    Nice article Ryan.

    I am an avid fan of this style of game (Crush the Castle etc..) and Angry Birds is the most fun of them that I've bought. Rovio's description page says that the $.99 is a 50% intro sale. Well worth the $2 normal price, you should pick it up at a buck while available.

  • mrbass

    hmm Crush the Castle $2 for 50 levels or this for $1 for 63 levels. However, Crush the Castle has level editor. Only reason I haven't bought Crush the Castle is cuz I'm waiting for it to drop to $1.
    here is link to Crush the Castle
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crush-the-castle/id318639200?mt=8

    • rich_952000

      I have Crush the Castle and it is a fine game. I get way more satisfaction and a greater sense of accompolishment from Angry Birds. Also, in the forums, Rovio has said that global leaderboards will be included soon.

  • mrbass

    hmm Crush the Castle $2 for 50 levels or this for $1 for 63 levels. However, Crush the Castle has level editor. Only reason I haven't bought Crush the Castle is cuz I'm waiting for it to drop to $1.
    here is link to Crush the Castle
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crush-the-castle/id318639200?mt=8

    • rich_952000

      I have Crush the Castle and it is a fine game. I get way more satisfaction and a greater sense of accompolishment from Angry Birds. Also, in the forums, Rovio has said that global leaderboards will be included soon.

  • jiSh

    Oooh, I liked Boom Blox, so I'll definitely own this game :)

  • jiSh

    Oooh, I liked Boom Blox, so I'll definitely own this game :)

  • AClockworkSausage

    Fantastic game.
    5 star review on the AppStore.

  • AClockworkSausage

    Fantastic game.
    5 star review on the AppStore.

  • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

    This really is an instant classic. I've over 400 games and this is one of very few that I actually find hard to put down. Even repeating the levels is fun. Yes, you do want to get it. . .

  • http://www.visionaryart.biz nanokiwi

    This really is an instant classic. I've over 400 games and this is one of very few that I actually find hard to put down. Even repeating the levels is fun. Yes, you do want to get it. . .

  • Mbrew

    Just bought this game and LOVE it. Hilarious, addicting, and well done. Thanks for featuring this; otherwise I probably never would have come across it.

  • Mbrew

    Just bought this game and LOVE it. Hilarious, addicting, and well done. Thanks for featuring this; otherwise I probably never would have come across it.

  • ArxD

    Nice review! I'll get it for sure... on the N900! Why didn't you mention the superior version of the game!?

  • ArxD

    Nice review! I'll get it for sure... on the N900! Why didn't you mention the superior version of the game!?

  • Bryan

    I love this game. Hard to argue with the value of a game that costs $.99 and I've already spent several hours on. The graphics and sound are just perfect. Very engaging.

  • Bryan

    I love this game. Hard to argue with the value of a game that costs $.99 and I've already spent several hours on. The graphics and sound are just perfect. Very engaging.

  • Steverd

    My first thought was WOW, looks a little like Implode type of game which is an AMAZING game. OK, I'm off to guy this one right now!!

    Reviewsbysteve

  • Steverd

    My first thought was WOW, looks a little like Implode type of game which is an AMAZING game. OK, I'm off to guy this one right now!!

    Reviewsbysteve

  • John

    Such a wonderful game! Once you start you can not stop.

  • John

    Such a wonderful game! Once you start you can not stop.

  • Birdzilla

    A game in which the birds play the role of heros getting back their eggs stolen by pigs

  • Birdzilla

    A game in which the birds play the role of heros getting back their eggs stolen by pigs

  • Birdzilla

    A perfrct gift for bird lovers with one of those phones

  • Birdzilla

    A perfrct gift for bird lovers with one of those phones

  • Jim Glidewell

    What a great game!

    My whole family is hooked on this game. I like the structure where each level is separate, and you can go for multiple levels of achievement (one-two-three stars) on each. And the fact that I can take my sweet time setting up shots and then sit back and watch the action.

    I've gone through the whole thing, and am now going back and trying to get three stars on every level (I've probably got 75-80% - but the ones that are left are *real* tough...)

    iBlast Moki has a similar sort of structure - I would recommend it for folks who like Angry Birds.

    Both Crush the Castle and Implode look fun - I'll be popping for both.

    Suggestions for similar structure games, or just games that you'd think an avid Angry Bird'er might like, would be much appreciated...

  • Jim Glidewell

    What a great game!

    My whole family is hooked on this game. I like the structure where each level is separate, and you can go for multiple levels of achievement (one-two-three stars) on each. And the fact that I can take my sweet time setting up shots and then sit back and watch the action.

    I've gone through the whole thing, and am now going back and trying to get three stars on every level (I've probably got 75-80% - but the ones that are left are *real* tough...)

    iBlast Moki has a similar sort of structure - I would recommend it for folks who like Angry Birds.

    Both Crush the Castle and Implode look fun - I'll be popping for both.

    Suggestions for similar structure games, or just games that you'd think an avid Angry Bird'er might like, would be much appreciated...

  • Vernal

    I'm pleased to have come across this review because I now know that my son and I aren't the only ones to get hooked on those addictive Angry Birds (free on my N900!)

  • Vernal

    I'm pleased to have come across this review because I now know that my son and I aren't the only ones to get hooked on those addictive Angry Birds (free on my N900!)

  • Loxy Bagel

    No offense, Ryan, but this review wasn't right. This is totally a 5-star game. :)

  • Loxy Bagel

    No offense, Ryan, but this review wasn't right. This is totally a 5-star game. :)

  • s

    i love this game its super coolx

  • s

    i love this game its super coolx

  • Kingy

    59p for this sick game!

    How can you say no!

  • Kingy

    59p for this sick game!

    How can you say no!

  • Clive

    This is simply one of the best games I have played, I am familiar with crush-the-castle and other games of this irk but this is the best! At $1 it has entertained about 13 fully grown 30+ people for well over 5 hours each, whilst we slowly try to beat each others scores.

    I would recommend this with every star I can award!

  • Clive

    This is simply one of the best games I have played, I am familiar with crush-the-castle and other games of this irk but this is the best! At $1 it has entertained about 13 fully grown 30+ people for well over 5 hours each, whilst we slowly try to beat each others scores.

    I would recommend this with every star I can award!

  • Birdzilla

    THESE BIRDS RULE

  • Birdzilla

    THESE BIRDS RULE

  • King Condor

    Bluebird multi-bird,black bird bombbird,yellow bird speed bird,whitebird egg bomber,redbird leaderbird

  • King Condor

    Bluebird multi-bird,black bird bombbird,yellow bird speed bird,whitebird egg bomber,redbird leaderbird

  • lalo

    The only problem with angry birds is it leaves you wanting more. 5 stars

  • lalo

    The only problem with angry birds is it leaves you wanting more. 5 stars

  • 099game

    Very good

  • 099game

    Very good

  • ratty

    ok 5-16 strategy anyone. 91,820 and still one star..

  • ratty

    ok 5-16 strategy anyone. 91,820 and still one star..

  • nicky

    5-16 -- 110,340 and only 2*.... driving me nuts. Last non-3*. Help!

  • nicky

    5-16 -- 110,340 and only 2*.... driving me nuts. Last non-3*. Help!

  • battey

    My 3 year old son downloaded this game on my iphone - thought it was kind of creepy with all the funky bird noises. He kept screeming birds birds - so, I took a look at it and I can't let go now!!! My husband was making fun of me until I secretly downloaded it on his iphone and busted him playing it too! Our whole family from 3-37 can't get enough of it! I curse the creators of this game! It's so addicting!!!!

    • b

      ur son is a tard... he didn't download anything.

  • battey

    My 3 year old son downloaded this game on my iphone - thought it was kind of creepy with all the funky bird noises. He kept screeming birds birds - so, I took a look at it and I can't let go now!!! My husband was making fun of me until I secretly downloaded it on his iphone and busted him playing it too! Our whole family from 3-37 can't get enough of it! I curse the creators of this game! It's so addicting!!!!

    • b

      ur son is a tard... he didn't download anything.

  • http://www.mayhempanic.com MayhemPanic

    Just bought this game and really love it. Wish the physics engine was a little more complicated at times (see-sawing seems off) but otherwise it's a blast!

  • http://www.mayhempanic.com MayhemPanic

    Just bought this game and really love it. Wish the physics engine was a little more complicated at times (see-sawing seems off) but otherwise it's a blast!

  • Greg

    This game is awesome. Giving it 4/5 stars is criminal.

  • Greg

    This game is awesome. Giving it 4/5 stars is criminal.

  • Wykey

    I've got a fair few games, some of which I like A LOT.

    But I've never felt that it's been my duty to add to the reviews before.

    Like Spider the Secret of Bryce Manor, this is the kind of game that the iPhone was made for.

    It's accessible, it's funny, it's got a sense of humour (I never noticed the pigs chuckling and the birds muttering to each other at first) it's infuriating and it's rewarding. And it's clearly been made with a LOT of love and affection.

    It's very nearly perfect and I love it.

  • Wykey

    I've got a fair few games, some of which I like A LOT.

    But I've never felt that it's been my duty to add to the reviews before.

    Like Spider the Secret of Bryce Manor, this is the kind of game that the iPhone was made for.

    It's accessible, it's funny, it's got a sense of humour (I never noticed the pigs chuckling and the birds muttering to each other at first) it's infuriating and it's rewarding. And it's clearly been made with a LOT of love and affection.

    It's very nearly perfect and I love it.

  • Brownstard

    112900 on level 5-16. It is by far the most fun level ou of them all. My thoughs are the creators of the game realized this whole playing it redundantly decided it impossible to achieve 3 stars. I will be forever grateful as well. Exploading boulders towards a glass castle couldn't be more fun!!
    I recomend aiming your bombs, starting from the top platform of boulders of course, at the triangular stone on the left of the platforms. Your bomb will break it first hit. Then you can explode your musket rounds at will!
    Enjoy the fallout, boulders crashing through glass walls. If your lucky your other levels of projectiles may catch falling debris adding to your collection of ordinance.

  • Brownstard

    112900 on level 5-16. It is by far the most fun level ou of them all. My thoughs are the creators of the game realized this whole playing it redundantly decided it impossible to achieve 3 stars. I will be forever grateful as well. Exploading boulders towards a glass castle couldn't be more fun!!
    I recomend aiming your bombs, starting from the top platform of boulders of course, at the triangular stone on the left of the platforms. Your bomb will break it first hit. Then you can explode your musket rounds at will!
    Enjoy the fallout, boulders crashing through glass walls. If your lucky your other levels of projectiles may catch falling debris adding to your collection of ordinance.

  • Lenicia

    I can't figure out 3.6 any suggestions? By the way I rate it 5 out of 5 good stuff. :D

  • Lenicia

    I can't figure out 3.6 any suggestions? By the way I rate it 5 out of 5 good stuff. :D

  • Ste

    can anyone help with getting 3 stars on theme 5 level 20, its the only one i haven't got and its driving me nuts :@ please help

  • Ste

    can anyone help with getting 3 stars on theme 5 level 20, its the only one i haven't got and its driving me nuts :@ please help

  • MeToo

    I don't play video games but downloaded this last night for my kids to try. I couldn't put it down. It's the next morning and I've already made it to the third Theme. Very addictive and definitely 5+ stars!

  • MeToo

    I don't play video games but downloaded this last night for my kids to try. I couldn't put it down. It's the next morning and I've already made it to the third Theme. Very addictive and definitely 5+ stars!

  • Wregle

    Looking for more games like Angry Birds. By far the most fun game I have downloaded!!

  • Wregle

    Looking for more games like Angry Birds. By far the most fun game I have downloaded!!

  • http://dottribes.com Guillermo | Social Media apps

    I know this game does not need promotion anymore, but I've just downloaded it and I can say it is one of the best games I've played in my life. It is a great simple idea!!

  • http://dottribes.com Guillermo | Social Media apps

    I know this game does not need promotion anymore, but I've just downloaded it and I can say it is one of the best games I've played in my life. It is a great simple idea!!

  • http://www.gamer-reviews.com gamerReviews

    This game is awesome! I love the sound effects!
    here is a pc like game
    http://www.gamer-reviews.com/strategy/crush-the-castle-review/2010/11/07/

  • Alyssa

    i think this is an amazing game i play it all the time!!!

  • Anonymous

    Angry Birds is really addictive game.Now it is available for windows pc also
    http://techtrick24.blogspot.com/2011/01/angry-birds-now-available-for-pc.html

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  • Amar5341

    thanks

  • Ajalcba

    This IS the stupidest game ever.  I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 12345 54321

    this game is the most fun to have on any kind of phone, computer and more. it is for all ages. about 8 to adult. it has a good, funny short story behind it. the levels are well put also. have fun with it!                      it's great!

  • POLISTANKH

    why level 21 is so hard

  • Anonymous

    i love this game, it is availableon hebrew site
    http://www.smartapps.co.il