We have all played some version of Angry Birds at some point in our lives. Based on the basic physics of a slingshot, the game is about hitting evil pigs with different angry birds (do NOT ask why, do NOT ask). While there may have been a little too many versions of the games , Rovio has released a new version, which is an amalgamation of the core concept of the game and few new touches.
As the name suggest, this is an augmented reality (AR) version of the game. This means that unlike the more traditional versions of the game where you could just launch the game on your smartphone and start playing it, here you would have to find some space. Yes, and we literally mean space around you. The game requires access to your camera. As soon as you launch it, it will use the camera on your iPhone to scan the area around. You will need to find at least 19.7 x 19.7 inches of flat surface where the game can set up the level for you – it could be the floor, it could be a table, or even a bed. It just has to be flat.
And it is on that flat surface that the game sets up the fortress (or whatever you wish to call it) of pigs. Of course, you can see it only on your phone. And on the front of the phone will appear a bird ready to be hurled on a catapult.
Much like the 2D version of the game, Isle of Pigs gives you five different birds (red, yellow, blue and white) and there 40 different levels to the game and the difficulty increases as you move up the level ladder. You have to place your birds in the slingshot, aim and kills the pigs and collect the eggs. Each bird comes with its own set of special powers like the yellow one gets power boost when you tap on it. Sounds exactly the same any other version of Angry Birds, right? Well, the difference is that this allows you to play the game in augmented reality, which is as real as 3D gets.
Because it is an augmented reality version, the game lets you move around the pigs and take better aim from different angles, unlike the regular version where you cannot move the slingshot. Also because you discover new angles by moving around, you get a new perspective of the visual all together, helping you not only spot better angles to shoot the birds from but also helps you find hidden pigs and bombs. The developers have paid a lot of attention to detail in this version. Some levels create a different season vibe which means you will sometimes have snowflakes all around your set up or sometimes there will be palm trees. Sound effects are very present and on point, although we would advise turning down your phone’s volume in public places – we still have not got over the stares we got when we were making a bird assault on a castle of pigs on a table in Starbucks.
Is it familiar? Yes. Is it fun? Hell, yes. Of course, because of the nature of its set-up, you cannot play this in a car or in a flight, but then there are other versions of Angry Birds for that (we stopped counting a while ago!). And if you really want a spectacular Angry Birds experience, this surely is as good as it gets because Angry Birds never looked or played like this. We have been told that new levels will be added, so there is plenty to look forward to!
The game is hands down one of the best implementations of augmented reality technology that we have seen so far. Yes, even better the extremely famous Pokemon Go. It is engaging, addictive and extremely easy to play- everything good that the original Angry Birds was about but because it is in 3D, it actually becomes even more interesting. Yes, you cannot play it in a crowded subway but you are able to find a small flat area and of course an iPhone or an iPad, this can be your new go-to time killing game.
The game is iOS exclusive because it uses Apple ARKit and is available for free on iOS platforms. It compatible with iPhones running on iOS 11 or later.
You can download Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs from the iTunes App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/in/app/angry-birds-ar-isle-of-pigs/id1456120259?mt=8). We really think you should. It is free, and is awesome.