Mobile gaming has been a video game revolution. These kinds of games are polarizing in addition to being popular. Some see them as a healthy, simple, cheap alternative. Others dismiss them as lesser gaming.
Me? I do think these games are very simple. What’s wrong with that? Simple can work in a basic, primal way. Like why Whack-A-Mole was so popular back in the arcade era. Besides, it’s been so many years since pure gamers first raised fears that these kinds of games would destroy the so-called “hardcore” games. Hasn’t happened. Of course, similar fears were raised about the Wii and PS1 when they were on the market. No doubt some are saying this about the Switch.
One of the pioneers is Angry Birds. Is it the classic that the pioneer status implies? Despite being kind of polarizing, basically yes.
Plot: 1 out of 10
OK, this is definitely the weak link. Angry Birds has no plot. I don’t mean that the story is shallow or bad. I mean that it doesn’t exist. All that seems to be going on is enraged birds flying head-first at disembodied pigs.
By the way, you’d think the popularity of this game and many another plot-light games (Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter, ect.) would give pause to those who suggest that those with an irrational hatred for video games have a point by citing the shortage of great game plots. ‘Cause it’s the plotless games that often end up penetrating the mainstream. I know some think I’m being an apologist and “standing in the way of progress,” but I just got done pointing out that it’s the die-hard gamers who least like this type of game by far! What other conclusion can you draw?
Graphics: 9 out of 10
OK, that might seem kind. But this isn’t a console game. It’s a game intended to be played on a phone. Cartoonish violence when the birds you launch at pigs and their surrounding protective structures is extremely satisfying, as are the backgrounds.
Sound: 8 out of 10
Sounds and songs fit the cartoony but PG atmosphere. They do much to capture a struggle for survival between the birds and pigs, even without a real story.
Gameplay: 8 out of 10
The way the controls work is you using the touch screen to launch the birds with a slingshot at the pigs. Oftentimes, they’re using what seem to be abandoned structures to protect themselves. You need to either get rid of their protection or better yet, cause these structures to collapse and take the pigs down with them. You lose if you run out of birds with still at least one pig left alive.
Getting back to the point I was making, this is simple but fun stuff. You can get a kick out of destroying pigs and structures. That makes this game a great experience. Could use a tad more variety, but alas…
Challenge: 10 out of 10
Starts out easy but gradually becomes quite difficult. This is the perfect range of difficulty, the perfect learning curve.
Overall: 9 out of 10
Lack of plot aside, this is possibly one of the most entertaining games ever. It may not be hardcore, but it sure is fun!