Angry Birds Action! is the official game tie-in to Rovio’s CGI movie starring their fuming feathered heroes. Its simple action blends pinball, a little bit of that Angry Birds physics, and a scoop of fun.
The birds are back
Angry Birds's flight into the mainstream has seen associate products become increasingly diverse. No longer restricted just to physics based destruction, they now are available for karting, RPGs, plush toys, Transformer licenses, and even movies. And now we have reached that moment of inflection when we get to play the game of the movie of the game.
Yes, Angry Birds Action! is a game tie-in to the upcoming movie. But, despite how confusing that may sound, this little pinball-esq game is a lot of fun.
The premise is simple, taking control of the various birds you must launch them around a small arena to collect various items like eggs and candy. With a limited number of turns to do this, you must carefully judge the angle and power at which you release your bird if you want to get every one of your targets before you run out of attempts.
The old and the new
To make things a little more difficult, each screen is filled with items and obstacles. Some of these can help, while others must be destroyed or avoided to get the best score. Smash through wooden walls, shatter crystals, explode bombs, use - or be abused by - fans that alter your course, or bounce off bumpers – everything that fills the world can help or hinder depending on how you use it.
Like the original game, different birds have different abilities. Expect the Black Bird to explode when it first strikes an obstacle before continuing its path through the world, the Blue Bird to smash through crystals, etc. Standard Angry Bird fare.
The combination of the birds' powers and the assault course nature of the injects some strategy to the action. It’s a dynamic that returns the series to its roots of easy to learn but hard to master.
All in a flap
Angry Birds Action! is a fun game that uses the controls and powers that Rovio established back with the original Angry Birds and inserts them into an entirely new kind of game. With free-to-play elements that don’t overly impact progress, this is one movie tie-in that anyone can enjoy.