Angry Birds Trilogy
The popular puzzler transfers from mobile devices to the Xbox for more pig smashing fun. You either like it or don't!
I think everyone knows how Angry Birds plays out, but for those that don't here's a catch up. The story involves a gang of piggies stealing eggs from a selection of birds. The game involves you using the birds, fired from catapult, and their special abilities to smash the pigs in a variety of defended positions.
Included are the first 3 incarnations of the game, Classic, Seasons and Rio.
Before we continue
There are 2 "issues" with this game so let's get them out in the open from the start.
Firstly you are either a fan of Angry Birds or you're not and this release is unlikely to attract many new fans. My view is that I don't like Call of Duty, but i don't complain about it being released or ridicule people for playing it.
Secondly this version is vastly more expensive than the mobile variations and lacks then newest addition to the franchise (Angry Birds Space). In my opinion (and this is my review!) I'd rather I and in particular my daughter played on a bigger screen and if I want a game I'll shop around and get the best price I'm prepared to pay. I got this for £23.99. I'm happy with that.
Anyway let's get on with the review!!
So we all know what to do, you select a bird, you take aim and fire. If the bird has an ability you factor this into where you aim and when you unleash the ability. The aim is to smash the pigs using as few birds as possible.
There are 2 ways to play this on Xbox. With a standard controller you aim with the left stick, fire with the A button and unleash abilities with the same button. It works well and I can't find a fault with playing this way.
The other option is buy using Kinect. Use your left hand to aim and pull back the catapult. Use you right hand to fire (move it upwards) and use abilities (move it downwards). These controls function, but don't feel joined up or for want of a better word, accurate.
There is allegedly 300hrs of gameplay in this to complete all the achievements. It has 700 levels!!
All the other extras from the mobile games are included, golden eggs, bonus level etc. Unfortunately so is the Mighty Eagle which basically is a mode to complete the level with one special bird that destroys the level in one go. I don't see the appeal and never have.
Hey what you expecting, the game looks smart on an Ipad and this version looks the same. There is an annoying blurring effect when the birds are inflight, but I can live with it,
An exact replica of the mobile versions, and grates after a while!!
If you see my progress I have around 2/3rds of the achievements from around 10hours play.
They all come from repeated play, are cumulative and are not Kinect dependant. This will be a grind to complete 100%
If you like Angry Birds you won't be disappointed, if you don't then why are reading this review!! I'm kidding if you haven't played before this is a great version.
I'm disappointed with the Kinect controls and omission of Angry Birds Space, but I guess that's for patches and DLC to resolve.
My 5 year old loves this though, so maybe play it with your kids!!
This is my first and possibly last review. Be constructive please