Angry Birds Space | Review
Not to put too fine a pun on it, but I've been over the moon since hearing the news that my favorite avian warriors would begin duking it out with those ruthless swine in an iPhone- and Android-oriented galaxy far, far away. Today, Angry Birds Space arrived at last. Let's dive right in.
The first difference you'll notice is that the levels are given cheeky sci-fi names like Pig Bang, Cold Cuts (an icy planet), Danger Zone and Eggsteroids. We are teased that more are coming soon. Also, as you drag your finger right to left to scroll through the different levels, the screens moves both horizontally and vertically. Things are wacky in space!
All the usual birds are back including the red ones, the black bombs, the blue birds who breaks into three, the yellow triangle birds who are good at cutting through wood (although now they're purple!) and the giant red guy who destroys everything in sight (and is green this time around). The deal is that your eggs or "eggsteroids" are floating around in space and the pigs want them.
Screen 1-1 is terribly easy. You have three birds with which to destroy a single pig sitting atop a wooden plank on top of a planet. However, the throwing patterns are different in space. For example, I way overshot my first bird. The arc of the birds' flight paths are different in space and some have argued this could be to the game's detriment, but just wait until you see how much fun this is. In 1-2, your aim is to knock three pigs off a tiny moon or asteroid. I again overshot, only this time my bird continued spiraling around the planet until it eventually knocked off all three pigs. Hurray for me! I easily finished the level, but only scored two stars.
There are surprises in Angry Birds Space. The first two levels have us launching our birds from one planet to another where our pig foes are hiding out. Makes total sense, right? But in 1-3, both birds and pigs are on the same planet. No way! I failed the first time around because no matter how I aimed my birds, I couldn't launch them beyond a huge, steel wall. Spoiler Alert: The trick in this level is to launch your birds in reverse. What the what?!
In many respects, Angry Birds Space reminds me of Angry Birds Rio in that it's the same concept as the original game, but both graphics and stakes have been raised. Because the birds' flight path is totally wonky in outer space, there are plenty of gimmicks to keep geeky gamers enthralled. My initial stab at 1-6, for example, had me scratching my head to say the least. But there are other hidden gems as well. On that same level, a pig is floating in space in a bubble. When your bird hits the bubble, the pig crystallizes and explodes. Neat, right?
On the whole, Pig Bang is fairly easy and I look forward to more challenging levels ahead. I'm an Angry Birds devotee and I intend to conquer these pigs wherever they might be. Remember, in space no one can hear you squeal.
Angry Birds Space is available in the iTunes App Store, Google Play and other online retailers. Visit space.angrybirds.com for more information.