Gameroween 2012 – Aftermath


Well I hope you all had a good Halloween, mine was a little more water logged than usually but still good. Of course the most famous angry of birds had a productive night as well. Trick or Treat indeed.




Product Placement – Angry Birds Fruit Gummies


Ah Angry Birds, I remember back in 2009 where on a c|net podcast called the original Angry Birds game was the funniest game for a 99c. Well I said: “Oh yeah? I got a dollar, let’s do this!” Many weeks later of playing, getting three stars and finding all the golden eggs; I found that Angry Birds was a keeper. Soon after the world at large caught the Angry Birds fever and been that way ever since. These feathered projectiles war with rancid suidaes has spawned many different products from toys and books to movie tie-ins and even candy. Angry Birds Fruit Gummies to be exact; which is what I’m going to review today, because after the feast of Hot Pockets I could use a little desert.

The Look:  The box is green because it is the one with the Angry Birds’ arch rivals on it: the Green Pigs. The box also has the familiar Angry Birds words (complete with font) on it, along with all the fruit favors inside. Of course they have the standard snacky boiler plate information: Fat Free, made with real fruit juice, follow us on twitter, that sort of thing. Inside the box the bag (where the candy is actually in) is white with the Angry Birds words on it – neat. Now the actual candies do sorta look like the characters they’re portraying, but do they tasty?



The Taste: Not bad. Chewy, but not that sticky. The favors: cherry, lemon, raspberry, grape, and strawberry all taste as they should. Apple – not so much. I wouldn’t call it filling but hey its gel candies.


The After Effect: After putting away about 7 to 14 of these bad boys I am starting to feel a little sugar rush. There is also some after taste on the tongue but other than that, no change.



The Verdict

The Angry Birds Fruit Gummies are tasty and good, but such candies are – no matter who’s face is on it. What I mean is that Fruit Gummies are usually the same and the only difference between brands is what they look like; whether it’s from simple basic shapes to familiar characters. As such, there’s nothing that sets these gummies apart from the rest. I mean them shaped as the furious feathered ones are neat, but my belly doesn’t care about that. So that’s that, if you see them in a store and are hungry give them a try – just don’t go out your way for them.



This just in (or not) – Google+ and Facebook make Bounty Hunting in the future easy to do!


Ah, the dominance of video games continues forward, so much so the two biggest names on the net are vying for your gamer time (or soon will be). Recently Google+, Google’s social network: ‘Faceoogle’ if that helps you, has enabled games to some of their users and more every day. Google+ games are small, colorful, mini games that will at least kill an hour if none of your friends are online at the moment. It’s a small selection now, but it is reported that they will add more games in time. Oh well, you already play Angry Birds on your iPhone, iTouch, Chrome browser, Android phone, and what have you, might as well play it on Google+ as well.



This story isn’t over yet because Facebook, the world’s largest social network, is upping the ante. Everyone knows Facebook is used to keep track of your friends and current events, but surprisingly it hosts quite a bit of mini games as well. Not just solitaire people but proven winners like Farmville or the upcoming ambitious f2p mmo Prime World. Facebook has the gamer market covered and is not letting go without a fight. So they made improvements to their gaming interface, made it easier to track player scores and achievements, and finally a booking marking feature to make getting back to their games that much easier. As for me, I was never a ‘Farmville’ kind of player (although I did dabble in the Harvest Moon series for a time / however the Prime World games has peaked my interests) on this tale of the tape Google+ has a long way to go before they can dethrone the champ.





Finally a new MMO was featured on the MMO Report, it called Bounty Hounds Online. It’s your standard post end of world war three scenario with the players playing as sci fi Bounty Hunters to take down alien and criminal scum. This games’ draw however is that each hunter gets their own Combat & Tactical Unit or CTU; think of them as your own personal transformer that can aid in attacking enemies, defending, or supporting your hunter – which is great, who wouldn’t want their own android girl Friday with rocket launchers attached. Now the good news is they’re in open beta now, the bad news is that it excludes North American for now (or so the website told me when I opened it up, I think I’m going to try to sign up anyway) as a result is holding a beta key give away. Just favorite them on Twitter and Facebook, keep an eye out around Aug. 22, and cross your fingers. Me, myself, I already got Star Wars: The Old Republic, Guild Wars 2, and Prime World to look forward to on the MMO front so if I don’t get into the beta here no sweat off my back. However if I do get in, play it, and like it; well I guess I got to kick more friends to the curb – I didn’t like them anyway.

Armada TV – Clips of Conan & MAD

I love video games, I love TV; but nothing brings a smile to my face quicker than our current culture giving video games its proper due in funny and awesome ways. For this segment of Armada TV I showcase clips of Conan O’Brien and MAD (on Cartoon Network) doing just that this week. Enjoy!

The just in (or not) – Madden predictions and Angry Birds

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!!!1! Yes, yes you are, and so am I. The Superbowl is only a few days away and even a hardcore gamer like myself must shut off all my consoles and take part in watching. Not because of the game, but because of the awesome a million dollar apiece commercials (and TBL analysis on Armada soon after *wink-wink, nudge-nudge, say no more-say no more*); this year however is different because the Steelers, America’s Team, are once again going to the Superbowl. Their vic- I mean opponents are the Green Bay Packers, which, according to TBL, are pretty good; however I believe the Steelers are going to bring home their 7th (lucky number) ring and not because I say so (although that’s good enough in my opinion) but because EA’s Madden 2011 has deemed it so. Go ahead, call me crazy, but numbers rarely lie; it has been eight years since they started this experiment and except for Super Bowl XLII it has always predicted the winners (so far). Which is awesome and scares me a little, because the Madden series is known for taking out players (not permanently) who are on that year’s cover (see ‘Madden curse’) and now predicting the future. Madden is slowly become a combination of the Mayans and Skynet so watch out sports fans they maybe becoming for us next.

Anywho, great news everyone! The next chapter of the Angry Birds is coming in twofold: first Angry Birds Valentines (not it’s actually title) will feature a softer, kinder, gentler, way of viciously maiming green pigs. Look forward to heart shaped backgrounds and barriers, lighter color tones, and maybe even female birds (hey those eggs they keep losing have to come from somewhere). I’m not sure if this is going to be a stand-alone game or part of Angry Birds Seasons (although that’s likely), it will be due out by the 14th. The other game (although I’m not quite sure that’s part of cannon, even if Angry Birds actually has cannon) is Angry Birds Rio which is a tie in to both the birds we know and love and the animated movie Rio by 20th Century Fox coming out this spring. Leave it to Rovio to keep things interesting, I have no idea how this will work out but given their track record we have nothing to worry about. Oh yeah, Rovio is also putting out a Superbowl commercial of their own, promoting Angry Birds Rio. At the end it has a code to unlock a secret level in a Angry Birds’ game (not sure which one), so use lesser Superbowl commercial (and you know which ones) for bathroom breaks – just don’t miss this commercial.

This just is (or not) – Angry Birds Christmas Edition confirmed

I like being right, who doesn’t really?

That doesn’t mean I don’t make mistakes mind you, but when it comes to the world of video games I am almost telepresence to the trends.

Remember but two days ago at the tail end of my mini game review of ‘Angry Birds Halloween’:


“This hot property is definitely going places: first the original, then Halloween, and since turkey month almost over (a missed opportunity) the next on should be ‘Christmas Ham’ Angry Birds…”


Well it won’t be named ‘Christmas Ham’ (see, I’m wrong sometimes 🙂 ) but the latest adventures of the Angry Birds will continue in a Christmas Edition – the halls will be decked and so will the Greedy Grinch-like Pigs in this second snowbound throwdown!

Rovio once again gives the people what they want, and this time for free (sort of); anyone who bought Angry Birds Halloween will receive this update at no cost to them. Finally something to make the birds less angry – and to spoil their fan base to critical levels.

Rovio didn’t stop there either; they also announced Angry Birds Day, a worldwide celebration of everything angry and bird since their appearance on December 11 almost a year ago.



They want all fans everywhere to ‘meet up’ and discuss the consciences of war between two deliciously edible forces. Me?  I’m going to rabble rouse and instigate as much as I can because peace is for wimps and a factory full of meat tenderizers ain’t going to move themselves…

Anyway the only downside is that there is no release yet for the Christmas edition, but I figure we’ll get it sooner than later. Stay tuned.

(AFK Article) Mini Game Review – Angry Birds Halloween

I know you do it, don’t worry, I do it too.

There is something so appealing about taking a multi colored bird, putting them on a slingshot, and firing them on unsuspecting green piggies with chaotic results.

And just when you think you nailed every pig up to the boss hog, scored three stars on every stage, and captured all the elusive golden eggs, Rovio releases the latest chapter in the on going struggle of pork v poultry – Angry Birds Halloween.

Now granted I don’t know if this is an official sequel but really I don’t care – it a new Angry Birds game!

All the gang is back but now in a spooky, cartoony, Halloween-like setting.

The birds maybe angry but smart… Well, they got fooled by a pig in a blanket (seriously – he was dressed as a ghost) and made off with their eggs again. Once they realized they’ve been had it doesn’t take them long to set up the sling and let loose the birds of war!

Everything from the first game makes a return in this game: from the birds with their own special abilities such and multiplication and self-detonation to those greedy pigs with their quasi cleaver defenses next to TNT crates and very steep ledges. However this time around the pigs employed pumpkins, bell towers, and costumes to keep the eggs all to themselves. While these new tricks will put players to the test, they also give them new opportunities for high scores. Each pumpkin destroyed offer a plethora of points (depending on the size of the pumpkins themselves), the bell towers too plus they themselves are very good crushing implements. Timing, distance, and luck applies to this game as it did the first; so expect even more of your time destroyed, family shunned, and arthritis acting up.

Well Rovio’s done it again! 45 bone quaking levels, more secret golden eggs to collect, even more comical chaos with the colorful cast (birds & pigs), and all under a buck yet again. This hot property is definitely going places: first the original, then Halloween, and since turkey month almost over (a missed opportunity) the next on should be ‘Christmas Ham’ Angry Birds, then ‘Birds in Space’, heck I can totally see a Bird, Pig, team up against the true threat – The EASTER BUNNY (he takes eggs and makes you eat ham)!!! Ok, maybe not; but still I said it once and I’ll say it again: if you want a simple and addicting game for your idevice, for a dollar, Angry Birds (Halloween) is your only choice.


Mini Game Review – Angry Birds


Smart phones and media players can do it all these days.

They can take pictures, play music, surf the web, make tweets, Google earth, watch movies, so on and so forth.

However I don’t buy they’ll ever be a threat to the handheld gaming market (maybe PSP but I digress).

That being said, some of what they do have can kill time just as good as any handheld game – Angry Birds is a fine example.

Now how best can I tell the tale of strife, loss, and vengeance just as the immortal bard would tell it? I think it is beyond even me to translate accurately, so this video will have to do:

A picture is worth a thousand words, while a YouTube trailer is worth a million laughs – now you see why they’re called Angry Birds.

Now the birds don’t fly, but they do have other abilities to teach those green pigs a very serious lesson about poaching. The reds are general ‘soldiers’ they’re not too light or too heavy and can be used in many ways. Blues are very light and weak but once tapped (played this game on an iPod touch) they split into three’s causing wide spread damage. Yellows are the aggressive ones, tap them and they’ll make a b-line to where ever he’s pointed at. The tough black birds are the only ones that can bust through stone with ease, but they always bring more bang to the battlefield – a tap will cause them to explode. Finally the old codger white birds actually give the pigs all the eggs they want – the catch? They explode. Yes these birds aren’t messing around, if birds like these were real – well let’s just say I’d welcome our feathery overlords.

The game Angry Birds is simple to learn but tough to master; like I said the bird don’t fly but they do get shot out of a slingshot via pulling back on your finger and letting go – your goal, wiping out all the green pigs on the screen. Simple you say? Not really. The pigs don’t always stay out in the open, sometimes they’re holed in odd (yet familiar) structures made from glass, wood, stone, or a combination of the three materials. In order to get pass these obstacles players must use the birds they’re given, have a sense of timing, an eye for distance, and a great deal of luck. If you have all that, then all the those piggies will cry ‘we-we-we!’ all the way home with one bird (mileage may vary). If not, don’t feel bad, the first hour is always the hardest.

In summary when I heard this was cnet’s best cheap app to have for the iPhone that also turns out to be a pretty fun and challenging game – I was skeptical. Well one dollar and many weeks later not only am I a believer of the Angry Birds phenomenon but I also converted almost all the Armada staff into it as well. What left to say? I know the economy is bad but if you want a simple, but addicting game for your idevice for a dollar Angry Birds is your only choice. It’s colorful pig on poultry violence at its finest.