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The Phenomenon of Angry Birds

Posted by: Lesie, January 20, 2011 3:17 pm
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Anyone with a handheld device these days know about Angry Birds. And if you don’t, you will soon enough if you have a Wii, PS3, or Xbox 360. Angry Birds are everywhere! Why? What’s so awesome about Angry Birds?

The back story: Birds are protective of eggs. Pigs stole eggs. Revenge begins!

The whole game consists of catapulting 5 different types of birds with different abilities to eliminate the pigs. Similarly other catapult games have been on the market before, so what make Angry Birds so appealing? For me, it’s the artwork and the music. I’ve never seen birds this angry before. It’s kind of… amusing. And for anyone that have played Angry Birds and listened to the opening sequence, who did not find themselves humming along. It’s catchy!

The game combines puzzle and physics together, throwing in a storyline to create the perfect meme game for the decade. The snotty green pigs will shield themselves with wood, glass, steel, and helmets. The players are armed with a slingshot and the following birds:

  • Red Bird – Your regular angry bird.
  • Blue Bird – When tapped, it splits into three little blue birds.
  • Yellow Bird – When tapped, goes really fast.
  • Black Bird – Rolls around, then explodes. Also explodes when tapped.
  • White Bird – When tapped, drops an egg and bounces away.

As I come back to writing this post after setting the Angry Birds theme song as my ringtone, I think Angry Birds is a crazy phenomenon that could be the next Bejeweled or Tetris. I see people playing it on the subway. I see people playing it while waiting anywhere. My mother is playing it (well, I introduced it to her, but that’s another story). People that never played video games before are playing Angry Birds. And Rovio recently came out with a Halloween and Christmas edition.

There is no stopping it. The 2010s is decade of Angry Birds. (That’s just my opinion. Please don’t try to fling actually birds on slingshots; it’s against the law).



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