September 5, 2010
Angry Birds for Android App Review
Before I say anything else, let me preface with this: Angry Birds is available for iOS devices as well as Android devices, and if you’ve never played it, grab your device and download it now. That’s right. Now.
Angry Birds is an incredibly addictive game in which you launch birds of different types at the enemy…Which happen to be, well…Little green guys. The levels become increasingly difficult as you progress through the game, and your arsenal of birds grows as well. The game is extremely addictive, and overall, fantastic. For more details, read on!
Angry Birds for Android vs. Angry Birds for iOS
Angry Birds has been available on iOS devices for a while now, and an Android version was just released this past Friday. As a long time Angry Birds fan, I had some pretty high hopes for the extremely popular game, and the folks over at developer Rovio didn’t let me down a bit. While Angry Birds for Android is technically still in beta, you wouldn’t know it from basically any aspect of the gameplay.
While Android gaming in general has lagged behind iOS gaming in historic fashion, Angry Birds has come out as a best on platform game, truly raising the bar for Android, while simultaneously proving that what can be done well on one platform, with a little work, can be done just as well on the other. Many people assume that, because of the way they generally feel, Android OS is a fundamental reason that games haven’t taken off on the platform…People assume it must be difficult to develop well for the platform. But Angry Birds shows this is not the case. With touch sensitivity and accuracy that rival that of the iPhone and iPod, its easy to picture a future where gaming on the two platforms is an equally enjoyable experience.
Angry Birds Gameplay
Angry Birds for iOS has historically been great, and the Android version does not leave anything to be desired. While I went in expecting the application’s touch sensitivity to be lacking, as is the case on many Android titles, Angry Birds proves it can be done extremely well. What I found in Angry Birds was more of the same that Rovio has always delivered, and that is near perfect touch gameplay, even while in beta. Stretching birds back while in the slingshot, aiming them, and firing was consistent and had none of the jumpiness that titles like this are usually prone to on Android. Aiming was consistent, easy, and accurate, and getting a handle on how it all worked was super easy. Pinch to zoom and panning worked flawlessly, though I prefer to play with it zoomed all the way out so I can see what I was aiming at.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics and sound in Angry Birds are great…From the soundtrack that will be stuck in your head for hours after you finish playing, to the clashes and pops of the destruction you cause, everything sounded great on my original Droid. Graphically, the only complaint I have is that when zoomed all the way out, the birds could appear a little bigger. On the Droid’s 3.7″ screen, it can be difficult to tell which bird you’ve got loaded up without zooming in. This can be a little annoying, but isn’t a problem if you played a little bit zoomed in anyway, or if you have a larger screen device.
Like I said, if you haven’t downloaded Angry Birds yet, do it now. This game it way too good to miss out on.
Source – Rovio.com