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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

Gameroween – Video Game Characters that make good costumes (Day 7)

 

Hello all, today costume might make you angry, very very angry, very very very angry – at little green piggies. Two years ago Angry Birds would have meant something completely different, but now it’s the poster icon for indie games on super phones (and beyond).  Me? I’ll always remember my first porker smackdown but unless they do a 180 I think this I.P. has peaked. Never the less, the birds themselves are never boring, they have many ways to enact vengeance upon those who wronged them. Bludgeoning them, torpedoing them, ganging up on them, blowing them up, ‘ranging them, and when all else fails dropping an eagle that size of the screen. These characters are most sadistic, bloodthirsty, mean spirited, outright angry video game characters to date –they’re fit right in with Jason and Freddy.

 

 

 

Aren't you the cutest little pig killer, yes you are, yes you are! This costume is available at spirithalloween.com by the by

 

Mini Game Review – Angry Bird Seasons (Valentine’s Day edition)

 

Well people I hope you enjoyed Valentine Day with your special someone, chocolates, cards, all that. Me? I got no time for love, well me and the Angry Birds, like clockwork they released their next in line of mind bending physics puzzles cleverly disguised like simple cartoonish type violence. However this add-on might be the most bare bones one yet, no story (or rather no amusing cut-scene, Christmas version didn’t have one either), only 15 light and airy stages (plus three if you click on the Facebook link), & lots & lots of Valentine Day themed piggies. I was looking forward to this one because I thought we were going to see Girl Birds for the first time, and maybe they were going to saving the original cast from the Pigs latest plot? They even have a female red bird as the icon for seasons now, but no luck, just another instance of my over active imagination running away with itself (I really need to put a leash on that thing). Anyway I can only be but so disappointed with V-Day edition, other than the fact it’s free (with the purchase of Angry Birds Seasons) it does the one thing every video game should – challenge the player. If you think getting three stars here is going to be a cake walk, prepared to be unpleasantly surprised. By far the hardest birds to perfect, for that reason this game gets a:

 

 

Though it’s not a landslide like it’s usually is; Angry Birds Rio is come out soon, and I’m pretty sure that one going to have the goods. If not, I might as well retire my Angry Birds app until something new come down the pipe line.

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.

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Mini Game Review – Angry Birds

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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.

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