Angry Birds has become something of a phenomenon since the game was first released in 2009. In fact I do believe that should mankind choose to put a select few items from the 21st Century into a space pod for prosperity that Angry Birds would be one of the forerunners to form part of that collection.
Despite its relatively simple concept, or perhaps because of it, Angry Birds has captivated the attention of people from around the world. What starts out as simple gameplay, launching birds in a slingshot towards pigs balanced on different structures, soon becomes more strategic as new birds with different abilities become available, and then, before you know it, you’re addicted!
Developer Rovio has been happy to fuel this addiction for the past three years, releasing special editions of Angry Birds to celebrate holiday seasons, Angry Birds branded merchandise with plush toys and T-shirts, an Angry Birds softdrink and even Angry Birds Land at an adventure park in Finland, the country from which Rovio hails. A new spin-off game called Bad Piggies, as well as Angry Birds: Trilogy, a compilation of the three classics for consoles will be released later this month.
Angry Birds: Trilogy includes Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio, and will be available on Kinect for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 with Move capability, and Nintendo 3DS. The console version features HD graphics with a new control system that has been built from the ground up, it will support 1080p, run at 60 fps and include 5.1 audio. The Nintendo 3DS version is said to be the first new handheld experience for the series and will support Stereoscopic 3D and Streetpass.
Trilogy will include new cinematics, animated backgrounds, vibrant worlds as well as background biographies and concept art of the birds. It will also feature leaderboards and 50 achievements, including one for finishing the entire game, which is more than 700 levels, on 3 stars! We know high scores are important so restarting the levels is only one click away, and should you require more assistance you can call in the Mighty Eagle to unleash massive damage and help you finish the stage, perfect for younger players. And with the 19 bonus levels included in the games (which range from between two to four times larger than standard Angry Birds puzzles), you can look forward to spending over 150 hours of gameplay time with the Angry Birds. You’ll also be able to browse through the game’s concept art in a gallery, which includes some never before seen sketches.
Angry Birds: Trilogy will be available across Europe on the 28th of September. Love them or hate them, the Angry Birds (and their attacks on the green pigs) are here to stay! Thanks to William Linn for showing us the game at gamescom.