Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
"Angry Birds" tells the tale of a flock’s fight to save their stolen eggs from greedy pigs. Using physics-based gameplay, players control a stationary slingshot to launch the birds toward the pigs’ lair. Each round is structured in terms of which birds can be used and the strength of the lair, which can consist of wood, stone, or ice. Players determine the weak points to target and the best angle to launch the birds, with each bird using a different type of attack depending on its color. Players score points by knocking out pigs and picking up eggs, and they receive bonuses for each unused bird at the end of each round. A round ends after all pigs have been knocked out by birds or falling objects. Subsequent rounds become more difficult in terms of where the pigs are hiding and their use of helmets, making them tougher to take out.
"Angry Birds" follows along the lines of traditional games that are challenging yet fun for the entire family. Adults do not have to worry about violent images, rough language, or blood and gore. The characters’ cartoonish expressions convey their emotions, making the images no different than what children see in animated TV shows and films. The various colors and sound effects add to the appeal for all ages. The game is challenging enough for adults but also easy for kids to learn and play repeatedly. With more than 100 levels offering hours of gameplay, perhaps the most difficult aspect of this game is walking away from it.
"Angry Birds" was created by Finnish company Rovio Entertainment, and its broad appeal on mobile devices led to its development for the PC. The company has since released expansions that include "Angry Birds Seasons", "Angry Birds Rio", and "Angry Birds Space".