Angry Birds 2 is out now on mobile

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Angry Birds came out in 2009 and hailed a revolution in mobile gaming by raising the bar in what you get for £.0.69. The game featured some very innovative gameplay mechanics, fun art style and the most annoying sounds anyone could come up with. On Android, the game was a freebie and ad-supported affair with an in-app purchase to go ad-free.

Since then, we’ve had a load of new games in the Angry Birds series, from Star Wars and Transformers licensed tie-ins, to film tie-ins and racing games, but there hasn’t been a proper gimmickless sequel to the original… until now. Rovio have now released Angry Birds 2, a full blown sequel with new art, new gameplay and a new lives system.

CHOOSE YOUR BIRD!
It’s the ultimate slingshot strategy – YOU choose which bird to fling next! “But that makes it easier, right?” WRONG! You’ll need to choose wisely if you’re going to stop those eggs from getting scrambled. Plus, destroy blocks to fill up the Destruct-O-Meter and earn extra birds!

NEW MULTI-STAGE LEVELS!
You’ve never seen Piggy Island like this – jaw-droppingly stunning levels brimming with exotic plants, quirky details and plenty of peril. And because those naughty porkies are building their teetering towers right under your beak, many levels have multiple stages. Uh oh.

SPECTACULAR SPELLS!
Blizzards, Hot Chilis, Golden Ducks and other outrageous spells give you an added advantage against those swindling swine. And when you need some serious help, guess who’s at hand to make a pork-smashing cameo? That’s right, it’s the sardine loving Mighty Eagle. Oh yeah!

CHALLENGE OTHER PLAYERS!
Challenge players from across the world in the Arena to see who’s the most hardcore bird flinger of them all. Play new tournaments every day, earn feathers to level up your birds and face off against the toughest competition on the planet. Game face!

DEFEAT BOSS PIGGIES!
There’s some serious bad guys on Piggy Island, and your slingshot skills are needed to take them down. Foreman Pig, Chef Pig and the infamous King Pig will stop at nothing to keep your eggs. Are y

Angry Birds 2 is free to download on your favourite platform app store, with a new system of in-app purchases to buy gems. Also new is the fact you get five lives, something that’s already getting a lot of hate in the app store reviews. You can check out both the live-action launch trailer and the much more useful gameplay trailer below to get an idea of whats in store.

My take

Angry birds has pretty much been a permanent fixture on my mobile devices since it came out. Back then, I had a T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) and even three smartphones and two tablets later, I still have the game installed for those few-and-far-between quiet moments. I was intrigued to see what Rovio could come up with as a worth successor to such a momentous hit. The problem with such a stellar first game is that the expectation is almost impossible to meet. Valve have such a problem with the next instalment of the Half-Life series. Episode 2 ended on such a huge cliffhanger, so long ago, that whatever comes next will likely never satisfy fans.

Watching the trailers and having a quick play, it’s obvious that Rovio played it safe with the sequel. The one daring (and perhaps even controversial) change is the addition of limited lives and a gem collecting system to back it up and tie in to a freemium model. There are the few new characters to use, along with boss pigs taken from Angry Birds Star Wars and the multi-stage levels that extend gameplay, but the fundamental shift to hawking gem packs at little kids and bored commuters leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I doubt I’ll be keeping this app installed on my devices.

Your take

Are you looking forward to Angry Birds 2? How do you feel about the change to the freemium model?

Angry Birds 2 is out now on Google Play and the iOS App Store.

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About Dan Morse

From the Atari 2600 right through to bleeding fast PCs, Dan's played on them all. One thing that's never changed is an unwavering passion for video games. Twitter: @happydan | Steam: happydan | GOG: happydan