Angry Birds Space - The Final Frontier
Written by Colby Tuesday, 27 March 2012 06:00
Angry Birds often gets judged, unfairly in my opinion, to be like all of the other social/Zynga games as being too simple and dumbed down for a real gamer, but Angry Birds Space again shows that those guys at Rovio really do know how to make a great physics-based puzzle game.
In case you were wondering about how those evil green pigs and furious fowl are able to survive in space, don't worry, they've totally got it covered. The pigs are often in environment-controlled space bubbles and the birds...well this time they're futuristic birds. Not only have the birds and pigs gotten a make over, but Angry Birds Space is a legitimate sequel after a string of Angry Birds games were essentially the same exact idea reskinned over and over again.
The real meat of what makes Angry Birds Space different is that the gravity of different planets is taken into account. So, when you are within gravitational range of any of these gravity wells any slingshotted bird, as well as any other debris, are forced into the gravity well's center. This element makes for some totally different puzzle-solving mechanics. Birds need to be slingshotted all the way around planets - straight up armageddon style. Pushing structures within range of a planetoid can result in destroying an entire structure as it impacts the surface. Sometimes these gravity wells overlap, leading to incredibly complex maps. On top of having different mechanics, there are also a few new bird types: one that is overweight and can scare pigs, one that snap freezes to stone to make it more breakable, and a purple bird that can change direction after being fired.
For only a dollar (iOS version) you'll get access to 60 levels and you can unlock 5 more levels upon collecting eggstroids; and you can buy another world of 30 difficult danger zone levels for another dollar. Microtransactions will get you additional golden space eagles, but I found these unnecessary. I think the game is worth the dollar and I liked the dollar map pack as well. The three-star rating mechanic makes replaying levels a load of fun as well.
Bottom Line: If you've given older Angry Birds games a genuine college try and disliked them then you probably won't like this one, but for everyone else - try this game now, I mean c'mon it's only a dollar.