Games We'd really like to play.
by Phil Vlasak.
Girlfends and wives around the world have been lost to the unquestionably addictive iDevices game, Angry Birds. Now it's coming to PSP and PS3 in the form of a Mini.

In Angry Birds, players take control of a flock of birds that are attempting to retrieve their eggs from a group of evil pigs that have stolen them. The pigs have taken refuge on or within structures made of various materials, and the object of the game is to eliminate all the pigs in the level.

The game has you using a giant catapult to fling (angry) birds through the air at a structure. Well-placed shots topple the physics-based buildings allowing the birds to get at their foes, ugly green pigs.

There are many different types of birds used in the game. At the beginning of the game the red bird is the only one available. Red birds are simply launched at the structure, using their momentum to attack. As the player advances through the game, additional birds appear, some of which have special abilities that are activated by tapping the touchscreen while the bird is in flight. For example:
Blue birds will separate into three smaller birds
Yellow birds will speed up and dash into their targets
Black birds will explode on command or shortly after coming into contact with an object White birds will drop egg-shaped bombs (after deployment, their direction changes and airspeed increases) Green birds will go back and fly into the opposite direction like a boomerang Giant red birds behave like the standard red birds, but are bigger and cause more damage

The pigs themselves also appear in different sizes and with different abilities. Small pigs are relatively weak and easily destroyed either by direct hits or by debris from the damaged structures. Larger pigs are able to sustain more damage before being destroyed, and some pigs wear helmets as armor, making them even stronger.

structures  are composed of wood, glass or stone.

Additional levels have been made available through free updates from time to time. Levels are contained within chapters of the overall game story. These chapters include:
"Poached Eggs" (released with the game in December 2009);
"Mighty Hoax" (March 2010);
"Danger Above" (April 2010); and
"The Big Setup" (July 2010).
A bonus area, entitled "Golden Eggs", was made available in
March 2010, and contains levels and features that are unlocked by discovering the golden eggs hidden throughout the game.

Angry Birds became the top-selling paid application on Apple's UK App Store in February 2010, and reached the top spot on the US App Store in the spring of 2010.

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