When Finnish game designer Jaakko Lisalo from Rovio drew a few looking ‘angry birds’ for a game concept, staff instantly fell for them and decided to create a game around the feathered heroes. Back in 2009 swine flu took centre stage in the news. Realising the birds need an enemy, the pigs were in and Angry Birds as we know it, was hatched.
There have been special editions of the game, including the Seasons edition, Rio, and more recently, Angry Birds: Space. I was asked when I purchased my iPad, why I had bothered since I already had an iPhone, my answer of course was ‘to play Angry Birds‘ it’s now much more addictive than ever with all the upgrades Rovio treats us to.
So what is Angry Birds and why should you buy it? It’s a puzzler game with pigs hiding behind rocks, crates, in and on houses and objects made of ice, wood and stone who have stolen your Eggs for omelettes. Your aim is to turn those pigs to sausage meat. The more pigs you destroy and with how many birds you use to do it, you can earn up to three stars a stage and then compare your achievements on Crystal. Not that I have spent hours trying to work out how to do each level with maximum points at all.
It’s very similar to another game (which was inspiration for Angry Birds), Crush the Castle, which I haven’t played just yet, it’s going to be a while before I can tear myself away from these featured little guys. The 69p I spent on this game has to be the best money ever spent, what else can you get that cheap that can keep you up till 3 O’clock in the morning? OK maybe I don’t want to know!
So what’s next for the birds, as I mentioned earlier there is talk of a movie, rumours of children adventure parks themed around the games and soon to be released, Angry Birds: Magic which will be developed exclusively for the Nokia NFC enabled Symbian devices (starting with the C7), and if you haven’t already booked a holiday to Sweden for this one reason, an Angry Birds shop. There’s plans for more shops later this year…please let there be one near me!