Angry Birds Trilogy Review (Xbox 360/PS3/3DS)
[This review is based on the Xbox 360 version]
Angry Birds is quite possibly one of the most revolutionary games in recent years, and before you choke on your own laughter at such a profoundly large statement for such a small game, you need to think about what it did for the mobile market.
As if being one of the biggest selling mobile games of all time wasn’t enough for Rovio, they decided that they would fling the avian maniacs on to consoles with the help of Activision, and it’s quite the success.
In case you’ve been in a soap-style dreamworld or coma for the last five years or so, you’ll already know the premise of Angry Birds, if not it’s easy to get caught up. Evil green piggies have stolen all the Angry Birds eggs and are intent on eating them for breakfast. It’s more of a case of green ham and eggs than Dr Seuss’ philosophy.
The birds use themselves as high-powered ballistic weaponry, fired out of a wood and rubber catapult, to take down the pigs on their way to taking out the royal king of pigs. The pigs have hidden in structures made out of wood, stone and glass, so it’ll take every variety of bird to take them down.
The controls lend themselves well to consoles and have more in common with the classic 2D game worms, than with the original touch screen. It’s easy to play, as it has always been, and it’s still just as fun. It is slightly easier to survey the battlefield in this version of the game, and scrolling without the risk of accidentally launching your bird by accident is welcome; there’s absolutely nowhere for the pigs to hide.
If you’re a Kinect owner, you’ve got the option to use motion controls and they work really well. Simple hand movements achieve every action and they can be performed from the comfort of your armchair. Still using the pad with Kinect connected? Never fear, you can retry with a simple voice command. It’s gimmicky yes, but at the very least it’s a Kinect functionality that works without a complaint.
There are some extras in the form of re-worked cut-scenes and extra levels and this being Angry Birds Trilogy means that the first three games are on offer. Angry Birds Classic, Rio and Seasons are on offer, but the distinct lack of Angry Birds in Space is disappointing. It may be too much of a price hike for those that have all the games on their mobile device.
This release of the Angry Birds Trilogy is really aimed at those who buck the trend of mobile gaming and prefer to do it with a pad firmly lodged in their hands, or those that like getting some use out of a dusty Kinect system . It may seem costly, but with the extra work that’s gone into it, it could be a worthwhile purchase for those that are first-time players.
Angry Birds is all the classic addictive, just-one-more-go gaming that any indulgent score freak could ever need.