Has anyone not played Angry Birds? What started in late 2009 as a word-of-mouth success quickly snowballed into a global sensation, with all manner of merchandise – from plush toys to flip-flops – galore.
But two-and-a-bit years later, is Angry Birds worth the hype? Angry Birds Space HD marks the fourth full entry in the series, and it’s, well, very much an Angry Birds game.
Between Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons, we’ve had literally hundreds of levels, but Angry Birds Space HD is arguably the first proper sequel. How much have things changed?
Well, the evil pigs have stolen some eggs again, and the birds are predictably angry. In each Angry Birds Space HD level, you have a selection of birds with which to explode the aforementioned pigs, yadda yadda yadda... What’s new?
We’re in space this time, for one. That means there’s no gravity for the most part (birds will continue on their flight path ad infinitum), though planets (where the pigs are generally at) have a gravitational pull that gradually draws the birds in.
There are a few new birds in Angry Birds Space HD, too, including the giant green guy who’s good at barging through the pigs’ defenses (wood, metal, spaceships…), and an ice bird that can freeze stuff leaving it prone to shattering.
Otherwise, Angry Birds Space HD is very much familiar territory. Is that a bad thing? I guess that depends how much you like Angry Birds, fella.
Angry Birds Space HD offers 70 levels initially. There’s Pig Bang, Cold Cuts and Fry Me to the Moon, and a small selection of bonus levels, or “Easteroids” as Rovio calls them.
The aforementioned lot will set you back £1.99 (or 69p on the iPhone), while Angry Birds Space HD cheekily offers an additional 30 levels in the form of the Danger Zone for a further 69p (same across all iDevices).
I managed to breeze though Angry Birds Space HD’s 100 levels in around five hours, and that included getting three stars for everything in Pig Bang (*flexes fingers*).
Incidentally, aiming for three stars is often a torturous pursuit. At times, it’s as much about luck as it is skill, and you’ll often find yourself pulling off the same shots over and over and over… until you finally strike gold.
The Danger Zone levels in Angry Birds Space HD are particularly brutal. Unless you’re a hardcore gamer and/or Angry Birds nut, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them.
And that’s Angry Birds Space HD, every bit as slick and polished as you’d expect from a AAA title, with hours of gameplay on offer. It’s familiar stuff, yes, but there’s just enough in the way of new tricks to keep things interesting.
- Interesting gravity stuff
- New birds
- It’d take forever to three-star everything
- The randomness
- Only 100 levels including Danger Zone
- Mostly very familiar
Summary: Angry Birds Space HD is well worth £1.99, and will keep even the most cynical gamer entertained for a good few hours. Cheaper than a Big Mac Meal, and probably healthier, Angry Birds remains in a league of its own.
Requirements (iPad): iOS 4.2 or later.
Requirements (iPhone/iPod): Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.