• arrow
    LOG IN 
    • Log in using an option below.
      Forgot password?
      Login with Facebook
      Sign in with Twitter

Shop Contact Us Submit Videos Who Are We? Hall Of Fame Advertising With PG Games Archive
Best games on iPhone Best games on iPad Best games on Apple Watch Best games on Android
Best free games on iPhone Best free games on iPad Best free games on Apple Watch Best free games on Android Competitions
iPhone game sales iPad game sales Apple Watch game sales Android game sales
Latest iPhone game updates Latest iPad game updates Latest Apple Watch game updates Latest Android game updates
New iPhone games New iPad games New Apple Watch games New Android games
PG.biz PG FRANCE PG GERMANY PG Game Guides PG GameHubs PG Connects
AppSpy 148 Apps Android Rundown iPhone Quality Index iPad Quality Index Android Quality Index Swipe Magazine Best App Ever Awards
Pocket Gamer on NewsNow
UK Mobile Pages Directory
Skinflint Price Comparison
Android  header logo

Angry Birds

For: Android   Also on: Blackberry, Ovi, PSP, Windows Phone

Winging endorsement

Product: Angry Birds | Publisher: Rovio | Developer: Rovio | Format: Android | Genre: Casual | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
Angry Birds Android, thumbnail 1
Angry Birds? Impatient Android owners, more like.

After repeated delays, two beta versions, and then some more delays, Android owners are about ready to slingshot themselves through the office windows of Finnish developer Rovio in search of a final version.

Stay that giant length of elastic a moment – Angry Birds Android is here, and it’s as accomplished as the day it first crashed onto the App Store.

That famous bird

The premise must be familiar to just about every gamer, world leader, and troubled ex-footballer by now. You slingshot a selection of irate squawkers at the gang of green pigs that made off with your eggs. These pigs have holed up in a number of defensive forts made from glass, wood, and stone.

As such, you need to employ each bird’s special skill to take out every last pig in as few moves as possible. While the default red bird has no special properties, you can also use the likes of the blue bird (which splits into three with a second touch) or the black bird (which explodes when tapped) to name but two.

Angry Birds’s appeal lies in the simple tactile joy of playing around with a deceptively sophisticated physics engine, without having to think too hard about it. When you analyse each move, though, there’s a lot to take into consideration.

Aerial bombardment

First you need to weigh up the strength of your shot (adjustable by pulling back on the slingshot more or less). Then there’s the angle – are you going for a direct, flat shot, or a high-altitude dive-bomb? Then there’s the placement of your shot, with certain birds more effective against certain materials.

The reaction of the objects as they topple and splinter, knocking other sections over and (if you’re lucky) squishing the pigs within is a constant delight, and ensures that you’ll play the same levels multiple times in a bid to get a full three-star rating.

There are three of the iPhone’s four level packages available from the off. Considering there were just two at the launch of both the iPhone and iPad versions, we’re quite happy with that - especially as the 'Golden Eggs' unlockable bonus rounds have been included too. Presumably the fourth pack will arrive in a subsequent update.

Highs and lows

Less forgivable is the lack of any online high-score facilities. We’ve been assured that this will be added in the future, but a game such as this really demands a competitive social element (beyond posting your score on Twitter or Facebook) at its very core.

Technically, however, we have no complaints. I tested the game primarily on a Samsung Galaxy S which, as you’d expect, ran the game nigh-on-flawlessly.

However, I also tested it on a Motorola Milestone – a capable but no longer cutting-edge device – and the game seemed to run without a hitch. Performance certainly seems to have been improved since the beta release.

It’s taken a while, then, but Rovio is mostly vindicated in its decision to hold back Angry Birds on Android until it was almost perfect. It’s a shame they didn’t take the final step of including online high-scores, but the core game is just as maddeningly addictive as ever, with a generous (if not yet complete) array of levels to perfect.

To all those who've been waiting – here comes a very good thing.
Angry Birds
Reviewer photo
Jon Mundy | 13 October 2010
An almost flawless version of a casual classic, Angry Birds on Android is the best debut showing of the game yet
Rate this game >> Average reader score: 
Have Your Say