Three semi-decent Angry Birds clones

Three semi-decent Angry Birds clonesThis feature idea has been rattling around in my brain for a while now, so much so that I had to flick through our features archive to make sure I hadn’t in fact penned it already. I’m still not entirely sure.

Anyway, Angry Birds has a lot to freakin’ answer for. Rovio’s bird-launching pig-exploder has spawned scores of rip-offs, all adopting a near-identical format. You know the one: attack things with a fixed number of projectiles and get a star-rating from one to three. To be fair, some of ‘em are actually pretty good.

Here, in no particular order (the “reverse alphabetical” thing is completely coincidental), are three of my favourites.

Three semi-decent Angry Birds clonesSiege Hero

I wasn’t overly impressed with Siege Hero at first, as it essentially takes one very specific element of Angry Birds and applies it to every stage. Invariably, the little guys you’re trying to wipe out are housed in some sort of stone/wooden/metallic structure. I figured it might get a little repetitive, but it’s definitely a grower.

Finding the weak spots and sending the various castles crumbling to the ground is immensely satisfying. It’s a bit like the gaming equivalent of “When buildings say “no more”.” Remember that episode of the Simpsons? In which Fox screens a programme featuring a montage of buildings collapsing much to the delight of Bart and Homer? Course you do.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Price: 69p @ App Store (£1.99 for the HD version)

Three semi-decent Angry Birds clonesRobot Story

I was right on the money when I described Robot Story as “Angry Birds with robots”. But hey, that’s a good thing. Robots are awesome.

Thinking about it, although both Siege Hero and Robot Story clearly take their respective cues from Angry Birds, they’re both very different games. While the former is obsessed with structures and the domino effect of taking out weak spots, Robot Story is all about the physics.

In Robot Story, you’re tasked with taking out sets of gears in a factory by throwing spanners at them. Yes, the aim is literally to throw a spanner in the works.

As you progress, various hazards are introduced, such as giant magnets, and pipes which threaten to blow your spanners off course. It’s very good. And free!

Compatbility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Price: Free @ App Store

Three semi-decent Angry Birds clonesBunny Shooter

Of the three games in this feature, Bunny Shooter is easily the one that’s most like Angry Birds. But, with significant rope play involved, the excellent Cut the Rope deserves a nod too.

Bunny Shooter isn’t the greatest looking game. It looks particularly scrappy when you zoom out, but it’s what’s inside that counts, you vain gits.

Some of the level designs in Bunny Shooter are pretty elaborate, and timing is often really important. For example, you might find a balloon floating across the screen with a bomb tethered to it, and you have to shoot the rope (or the balloon) at the precise moment it passes over the evil bunnies in order to explode them.

Bunny Shooter offers a ridiculous number of levels (180 at my last count), and does so for free. Can’t argue with that, man.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Price: Free @ App Store

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mrew42  Sep. 23, 2011 at 13:16

For those that care Bunny Shooter is on Anroid Market too :)

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 23, 2011 at 15:53

^ Good to know, thanks :)

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