It’s hard to believe that a flock of Finnish birds have migrated to our phones 6 years ago and ever since they used as allies to destroy those confounded pigs that always manage to steal these birds’ eggs, something to make them mad, angry even.
Rovio has managed to entertain us since 2009 by merely using a slingshot and their flock back in the early days or even, as we fast forward to more recent years, made us able to “use the force” as well fight the Decepticon pigs. Besides taking a spin on well-known franchises, Rovio have made spin-offs of their original series by creating puzzle and racing games which were also quite successful.
But the time had come to change and improve the original formula, to make Angry Birds go to the next level while maintaining its entertaining factor. So along came Angry Birds 2 which promises more challenging levels but twice as fun. A good premiss but was Rovio able to deliver? Continue on reading to find out.
Like in most movies, when a sequel is made we are always afraid with the possible changes that may happen which can ultimately destroy its original purpose. Lucky and thankfully that wasn’t the case. We begin this experience with the same purpose as always in which a group of bad pigs have stolen the flock’s eggs and it is up to this special group of birds to rescue them.
The twist in Angry Birds 2 is that you now have also a group os special pigs that will act as mini-bosses (each at the end of each chapter) and as you progress, the difficulty will increase accordingly (after all, those pigs really want those eggs). Like in previous instalments, your objective is simple: destroy the pigs by taking down their defences (the structure) and as seen before, you’ll have different types of structures such as wood, concrete and ice (which some birds can produce more damage with certain structures than others). To newcomers or to face it just as a “refresher”, you’ll have access in your upper left corner to a reaction cam that ables you to determine if your attack will be effective or not, or even, during the game while holding a bird in the slingshot you’re able to see in which structure the bird will be more effective since it will start blinking.
A slight paradigm shift has occurred in the game and it is a quite welcoming one: now you don’t have a set of birds all the time, you can earn them mid-game. The set of birds that are available for you are now presented as a card set in which you can select a card/bird that is more convenient for you to use and if you’re able to make massive damage during a turn, you’ll be rewarded with another card/bird.
Another neat little feature that has been added is a set of spells that will aid in your endeavour being crazy as, for instance, you can make a rain of rubber duckies or even an ice storm happen, but they do reveal to be crazy effective and you’ll get even more as you progress throughout the game. Although, in you are in a hurry, you can always use the fast-forward feature, in order to execute your moves in a fast paced session.
Longevity isn’t an issue for Angry Birds 2, since (and until this review was published) you have 240 levels (15 per chapter in average) and it will increase as future updates become available. This will give you the chance to increase and boost your flock as well as you’re able to increase your spell set in order to create more damage. It doesn’t have multiplayer mode but you can use your social media in order to establish yourself in each level’s leaderboard as well as exchange gifts between your friends.
Battery and Performance
Angry Birds 2 performs quite well with no lags whatsoever even when the major special effects come to action or when connecting with your social media. It is quite responsive to your commands, as it behaves accordingly to the “strength” of your swipe while you’re aiming your slingshot to those nasty pigs. Also expect a normal usage of your device’s battery as it doesn’t cause any noticeable “drop”.
Graphics and Sound
Angry Birds 2 has a all new layout that shows the amount of time that was taken to bring this instalment on-par with popular games nowadays with refurbished sceneries and characters that have a more “cartoony” look but nonetheless the remain quite appealing.
The cutscenes are still quite enjoyable and remain to be a crucial part of the story as we have been accustomed to. As for the soundtrack goes, the rhythm full tracks than join each level/chapter are quite entertaining and are able to maintain the proper ambience. It isn’t a vast set but it never cause the feeling of repetitive annoyance that some games suffer from.
Ads and In-App Purchases
Angry Birds 2 does not prompt any ads which is something that makes the experience more enjoyable and as most freemium games do nowadays, there are two types of currency, the coins which are the standard currency and the jewels are the premium currency, which this latter one will provide you access to featured content that will make your experience more easier to walkthrough.
Video of the Game
Angry Birds 2 is a mobile gaming classic that was brought to this high-end featured market that is trending nowadays since Rovio was able to make a new a interesting experience that has a lot of familiar features but never cease us to entertain. Sometimes less is more, and Rovio knew where to tackle in order to improve the experience yet keeping the amusing and entertaining factor that was presented to us 6 years ago. It is indeed a quite enjoyable experience.