When Angry Birds first hit the App Store, it became an instant success. Its easy to pickup/hard to put down formula was a perfect match for its brilliant graphics and amusing comicbook style storyline. Now available for the iPad, it seems Angry Birds HD’s destiny is all but guaranteed to match its iPhone predecessor.
Now one thing right off the bat that needs to be touched on is that this HD version is exactly the same as the iPhone game. All that’s changed is that it’s been scaled to take advantage of the iPad’s larger screen and the improved graphics. So if you own or have played the iPhone version expect it to feel very familiar.
Visually, Angry Birds HD looks amazing. With the extra real estate and higher resolution of the iPad, all the graphics and animations come out looking extremely crisp and vibrant. The developers made great use of the screen with regards to layout. Scrolling side to side from the launching area to where your birds need to land, you almost feel the distance.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of checking out the game before , you play the role of the (angry) birds and you’re out for revenge against the green pigs for stealing your eggs. Using a catapult, you launch you and your various bird friends in an attempt to destroy the green pigs and their “castles”. It’s a little cheesy, but definitely in a good way.
Angry Birds’ gameplay is the very reason why it’s become an addiction for countless gamers (not to mention it’s seemingly never ending string of being one of the bestselling games on the App Store week after week). To play the game, it’s a simple tap and drag motion. Simply touch the bird, pull back on the catapult, move up or down to select your angle of trajectory and then release. Repeat this until you’ve gotten rid of every single pig in each level. And as the game progresses, you’ll be introduced to more angry birds, each with its own special ability that is unleashed with a tap on the screen while in-flight.
One thing I’ve spoken about rather often in the past is the inclusion of social networking in games. For Chillingo titles that inclusion is their own Crystal Network. Having these networks allows for goals and challenges, competition amongst friends and online bragging rights. All the things that can make a great game even better. In Angry Birds’ case, Crystal is well thought out and brings even more reason for gamers to play the game over and over again.
When it comes to support and post-release improvements, Chillingo is one of the best. Take Angry Birds for example. At launch the initial release had around 60 levels. Now, after numerous updates, there are almost 200 available! Not to mention added features like leaderboards, achievements, Facebook and Twitter integration and all sorts of fun extras. They are definitely keeping the game fresh and giving you your money’s worth.
Angry Birds is one of the best and most addictive games available on the App Store. It looks amazing, it’s extremely fun and it’s constantly receiving cool new updates. The only downfall in my opinion is that the HD version for the iPad is essentially the same as on the iPhone, but sold at $4.99 instead of $0.99. If certain features or levels were only available on the iPad, Angry Birds HD would have been an easy Kiss It rating. As it stands though, the game scores a very high “Grab It”.
|Title:||Angry Birds HD||Developer:||Chillingo Ltd|
|Reviewed Ver:||1.4.2||Min OS Req:|