Review: Angry Birds Trilogy
Never played Angry Birds? Where have you been for the past 3 years? Angry Birds has seen over 1 billion downloads across all of its platforms and at the end of 2011 200 millions players were playing it on a monthly basis so why has it taken so long to land on the Xbox?
Angry Birds was supposed to come out on the Xbox over a year ago, Rovio then changed its mind and signed a deal with Activision to publish the title as a full retail release, was this the right thing to do? Yes and no, while the game will see more publicity with Activision at the helm it also displays the ‘greed’ factor.
The game itself is quite fluid, it’s very much identical to every other platform it has been released on, it can feel daunting sometimes due to the size of the screen (32”) and the birds leave a motion-blur trail behind them after they’ve been flung at some unsuspecting piggies.
The disc itself offers you 3 options: Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio. We would have benefitted from having Angry Birds Space but I guess that’s still a work in progress. Online leaderboards feature quite heavily in all 3 games, at the end of each level a number will pop up to announce how high in the leaderboards you are, showing that there is always room for improvement even if you ace a level, I like to think I’m pretty good at the game yet the highest I’ve ever gotten is #6 on a level that not many people have completed.
There isn’t much to separate these games from the mobile versions, the golden eggs are hidden in the same places as the original iOS and Android versions, Rovio and Activision have only offered up 19 exclusive levels which is a bit of a smack in the mouth.
The R.R.P for the title is around the £25 mark, the game would have worked a lot better if they were individual Xbox Live Arcade titles at 800 Points a piece, this probably would have been the case if Activision wasn’t involved. As an example I don’t like Angry Birds Rio so why should I buy it if I’m just going to play the other 2 titles? Besides there aren’t many Arcade titles around for Kinect and Angry Birds uses the Kinect system quite well, it’s just a shame we have to pay so much for it when the game is much, much cheaper on other platforms.
Review: Angry Birds Trilogy Results
What we liked:
Brilliant with Kinect
Great use of online leaderboards
What we disliked:
Price is too high
Should have been an Arcade release
Not enough new content to warrant the price