Review by horror_spooky

Reviewed: 10/01/12

Bird - doh!

When Angry Birds Trilogy was announced, I immediately cried foul. Activision has taken the original Angry Birds and the two expansion packs, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio, and has ported them to Xbox 360, Ps3, and 3DS. The problem with it is the price. For less than $5, one can play all the games including on the cartridge on an iOS or Android device. Selling it for $29.99 ($39.99 on consoles) seems like a huge insult.

However, Activision has added a lot of production value with this game. You’re not paying for the games, you’re paying for the production value. Angry Birds Trilogy features well-animated cut-scenes, interesting animations, a slew of unlockable content, mini-games, and a wonderful 3D effect.

I was surprised to see how much of a difference the 3D made to the game’s levels. With 3D turned off, the game looks boring, but with 3D turned on, it goes from simple 2D visuals to having a lot more depth. From a gameplay perspective, this doesn’t amount to much, but it’s a very nice visual treat. While I did experience slight ghosting problems in the menus, but I never experienced ghosting issues during the actual gameplay, which was a wonderful change of pace. It may not be that developers are getting a better handle on the 3D technology, but it’s more likely that the 2D visuals keep the 3D from being too intense.

Gameplay is as it’s always been. Players use a variety of bird types to take out pigs. The game is physics based, and uses a slingshot to fling the birds across the screen. This feels natural using the 3DS touchscreen. Different birds have different special abilities that players can activate by tapping the screen.

There are three different Angry Birds games available. Angry Birds Classic is the original game in its entirety. Angry Birds Season adds a slew of new levels with holiday themes, though it is more or less just the same experience with flashier skins. Angry Birds Rio is the best out of the three, even though it is a licensed cash-in on an animated film that released years ago.

Angry Birds Rio trades the traditional evil pigs with the monkeys from the movie. The blue birds from the film are added as new birds that have their own special properties that add another layer of strategy to the base game. Angry Birds Rio has busier screens as well, with a lot more going on in the form of crates that can also be destroyed to unlock more content, and chains that can be severed to make objects fall on the monkeys.

Mastering Angry Birds is a challenge that many people have already conquered. But if for some reason the game has alluded you elsewhere, then Angry Birds Trilogy may just be worth it to finally experience what has been one of the most dominant video games in history. However, if you have access to an iOS device, the quality will boil down to whether or not high production values is most important, or the actual gameplay.

Rating:   3.5 - Good

Product Release: Angry Birds Trilogy (US, 09/25/12)

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