Monday, October 25, 2010

Quick Review of Angry Birds for Android

Angry Birds has finally come to Android phones. The popular iApp can now be downloaded via the Market for free (with ad support). An ad free version is planned for some point in the future.

So is it worth all the hype?


Well, yes and no. Not knowing anything about the game, except all the hype of it being finally available for us Android users, I downloaded it. It's a game that's simple to learn but will take a lifetime to master.

The pigs have stolen the birds' eggs and they're angry. How angry? Angry enough to set up a giant slingshot and hurl themselves at the pigs. The pigs for their part are smart enough to set up some walls made of various items (glass, wood, rock, TNT, etc.).

So the game is basically pulling back, getting the right angle for your bird in the slingshot and let it fly into a wall or pig. The goal is to take out all the pigs on that level, oh and there are 120 levels.


There are five different birds that you'll be using. Normal: Just aim and shoot. Splitter: Aim, shoot and at a certain point hit the screen to make it split into three birds. Bomb: Aim, shoot and it'll explode. Egg dropper: Aim, shoot and when you hit the screen it'll drop an egg for extra damage. Bird boost: Aim, shoot and when you touch the screen again it'll get a short boost to make it fly farther.



That's it in a nutshell. The game is well done and fun to play, nothing too addicting but challenging enough to have you coming back. The free ad support isn't intrusive to the game so I can recommend you get it. Once they release the ad free version there will have to be more than no ads to make me purchase. We'll see. Till then I'm stuck on a level right now... grrr... stupid pigs.

The trailer is below.

6 comments:

  1. Side note: This game doesn't work on all Android devices, so don't believe sites that said it didn't come out in the Market.

    My HTC Hero does not support it. :(

    I know there are a few work arounds out there, so if you don't see this game in your Android Market, I suggest you Google it.

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  2. I downloaded Angry Birds last weekend. I sat there on a Saturday afternoon with a high end gaming PC and XBOX 360 in front of me, yet completely engrossed in a cellphone game. I think this is a must download for android users.

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  3. I heard about this game over the weekend and I was really excited to download it, but apparently it doesn't support the MyTouch 3G (2.2.1) either. But I hope it will be available for more devices soon!

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  4. I played it for about 4 hours instead of sleeping in on a Saturday. I've played plenty of building-smashers, but this one has a great balance of challenge, art, sound, music, rewards, and physics. It's just so... thoughtful.

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  5. I paid for this app on my iPhone, and then gladly paid for the new Hallowe'en version. I love that it keeps me coming back, and I can play for only a minute or two if that's all I have.

    Is Trainyard available for android? I switch between the 2 games when I am stuck :-)

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  6. Weird, Angry Birds works fine on my MyTouch 3G Slide but it's rooted. Try downloading it from GetJar and see if the apk will install (might have to change something under Application Settings->Development to install non-Market apps).

    I have one problem with the Android version: it does a godawful job of explaining you need to touch the screen to get the birds to do things mid-flight, or at least I didn't get it from the screens it shows to introduce new birds. I had no idea until I saw this post and I'm about done with the first set of levels.

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