Angry Birds 2 Review

By 05:19 Mon, 26 Jul 2021 Comments

Love it or despise it, Angry Birds is one of the most successful series of games of all time. Since 2009 when the first game released on iOS, the series has spanned fifteen titles across multiple platforms and become a billion dollar franchise.

Six years since the original game released, Rovio has now released the sequel. While it may seem disingenuous to call it Angry Birds 2 considering how many games have been released since the original, it does create sense if you consider others as more of spin-offs of the original rather than sequels. Also, for the first time Angry Birds 2 brings some major changes to the bird-flinging action to warrant the sequel tag. So let's hold a see at it, then.

At its core, Angry Birds 2 still has you flinging birds at pigs inside elaborate but fragile structures. Break the structures and murder all the pigs before you run out of birds and you complete the stage. Depending upon how much destruction you cautilize and how many birds you utilize (fewer the better) you acquire a score that decides how many stars you acquire for that stage, three being the highest.

That much is common to the original Angry Birds. Now here's the recent stuff. Unlike the original, you can now choose which bird to use. The available birds appear at the bottom as cards and you can tap any of them to select whichever bird you think would be more appropriate for the situation instead of being stuck with a preselected bird. As you play more stages, more birds are unlocked.

Along with birds, you also unlock spells that can be used to create finishing the level easier. The duck spell rains ducks everywhere and destroys all the pigs in that level in one move. The freeze spell turns all the structures into ice, making it easy for any bird to demolish them. The chili spell makes one of the pig explode, destroying everything around it. As you progress, you unlock more spells.

As you cautilize destruction, you fill up a meter at the top right. When the meter fills up, you acquire an additional random card, which could either be one of the birds or a spell. This is why it's vital to cautilize as much destruction as possible and not just concentrate on killing the pigs.

In Angry Birds 2, each stage has multiple levels within and finishing one level lets you progress to the next with the remaining birds (similar to Angry Birds Epic). When you finish all the levels within a stage (usually 2-4) you go on to the next one. It's vital not to utilize up all your birds at the first level so you have some left for the remaining levels in that stage. If you utilize up all your birds before that then the game is over.

When game is over, you can either choose to continue by paying in gems, or restart that stage. Restarting uses one of the lives you have, and you only have five lives. If you utilize up all the lives you have to wait for them to refresh (a la Candy Crush Saga), or spdiscontinue gems to acquire more lives. As you can tell, gems are vital in the game if you're impatient and although you do acquire them every once in a while as you haged playing if you want more you have to spdiscontinue real money, which is where the game's IAP component comes in.

The birds are more or less identical to the original. There are seven of them, with most of them returning from the original but the weird green one is replaced with a silver one, who instead of flying back like a boomerang flies up and then straight down. All the birds have secondary attacks, even the otherwise useless red one, where you can tap on the classy screen just before they hit something to activate their ability, such as sending a shock wave for the small red bird, splitting into three for the blue one, shooting in a straight line for the yellow one, dropping an egg bomb for the white one, etc. This does create the game bit more fascinating than simply lobbing the birds at the structures and with some planning and clever utilize of their abilities you can cautilize far more destruction.

Angry Birds 2 has around 240 stages in the current game, with each stage having multiple levels within, so you could be playing this for days. They are split into multiple sections that unlock as you play, and more will be added later. The thing about the stages this time is that they are randomly generated every time. If you restart a stage, the structures acquire randomly rearranged, which never happened before in any Angry Birds game before.

After a few normal stages there are boss battles, where you essentially have to wear down a rather large pig with a health bar but they are not all that difficult, and the boss battles are somewhat repetitive. 'Not all that difficult' is generally applicable to the entire game itself, although in later stages you can run out of lives pretty quickly if you are not careful enough with how you utilize the birds. Still, it is not hard to burn through several dozen stages in one day.

Other than the standard stages, there is also the Arena, where you can haged playing as long as your birds last and compare your highscores with your Facebook friends.

I wasn't expecting much from the game but came away surprised and rather entertained. At this point, most people are simply frustrated to see yet another Angry Birds game, but if you give it a chance it is actually quite fun. The recent card system for selecting birds is remarkable and the recent stages and animations create it fascinating enough to haged playing.

The recent animations do assist out a lot. The destructions are more bombastic than ever and everything breaks and explodes with a lot of energy, with things flying everywhere and pigs and stones being hurled at the screen. There are also several recent mechanics, such as flowers that suck in things and then spit out with force and fans that blow air and assist you guide the birds around, which are fun. Other things such as improved parallax background movements, weather effects, etc. coupled with a peppy recent background music tracks really create this seem like a recent game.

Just in case you were expecting an almighty rant about how this is yet another Angry Birds game and not worth your time I'm sorry to disappoint you but the recent Angry Birds 2 is genuinely fun. Yes, some of the IAP elements such as limited timed lives are a bit annoying but I've seen worse and it never really bothered me too much. Overall, I did have a lot of fun with this game and if you need to pass some time this is highly recommended. Also, it's free so you don't have to worry about wasting money.

Pros: Fun, addictive gameplay, hundreds of levels to play, free

Cons: Limited lives with timer can be bothersome

Worth Playing?: Yes

Download: iOS • Android



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