The release of the Angry Birds Trilogy for Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo 3DS was something of a surprise release from the Game Publisher Rovio. While it's no shock that one of the world's biggest franchises has been ported to consoles, it's sureprising that it wasn't done sooner. With brushed-up visuals, bonus content and new control schemes, you can enjoy Angry Birds Trilogy having the same success as its portable predecessors published Online as Flash Versions or on Mobile Devices such as IPhone and Android versions. There is a slight chance that Rovio's latest release is likely to drive players mad!
Angry Birds Trilogy packs the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons onto a single disc, complete with lots of additional levels added through countless updates. Though lacking recent release Angry Birds Space, the collection is absolutely filled with content, offering potentially hundreds of hours of action, despite the bite-size nature of the challenges.
The gameplay remains as addictive as ever, tasking players with destroying structures and eliminating pigs by catapulting a variety of birds across stages. Certain birds will explode on impact, some can lay egg bombs, while others will split into three smaller birds enabling them to target more pigs. It's a real pick-up-and-play title, although some of the more elaborate stages require a high level of skill and strategy.
The 19 new and incredibly complex bonus levels, are likely to provide a challenge to even the most experienced Angry Birds players with experience from the Mobile Versions. The new stages can only be unlocked by ploughing through the existing batch, however, which is unfortunate for players craving something new having already maxed out the mobile versions. Rovio has added Bonus artwork and bird biographies, alongside leaderboards for each single level, giving the game an extra competitive edge.
Visually, Angry Birds Trilogy is one of the sharpest, most colourful titles we've ever seen, and what the environments lack in detail, they more than make up for in vibrancy. Trees sway, lights flicker and petals glide across stages, while structures crumble more extravagantly than ever before, exploiting the advanced features of the hardware they are running on. The cutscenes have also been remastered, replacing the panoramic stills of old with animated shorts. While it's unlikely to win any graphical awards, the team has certainly made the best of what they had to work with.
Originally designed for touchscreen devices such as mobile smartphones and tablets, a successful port requires an equally intuitive control scheme. Fortunately, with a regular game pad, Angry Birds Trilogy controls incredibly well. The analogue stick is used to aim, while a single button fires birds and unleashes their special techniques. Players can zoom in and out, pan across stages and retry levels with incredible ease, eliminating the need to pause to try again.
Angry Birds Trilogy also introduces Kinect controls on the XBox, although the motion sensor has an adverse effect on the overall experience. Players use their left hand to select a bird and aim their shot, raising the right arm to fire and lowering it to utilise different abilities. The controls largely work as intended, although there are a few issues with the sensor cutting out and the odd incorrectly registered gesture, something which Kinect fans will no doubt be used to by now.
The biggest problem is how much Kinect slows the game down, however. One of Angry Birds strengths is the ability to play through levels quickly and with little fuss, retrying if the need arises - which more often than not it will. Even something as trivial as selecting a bird is much slower than usual, making those times when the Kinect sensor does cut out all the more maddening. It's a shame, because Angry Birds Trilogy could have used an extra gimmick to make it a little more appealing.
As it stands, users are spending upwards of £30 on a collection of games that can be picked up for under a fiver elsewhere. Without a strong Kinect mode, motivating the millions of Angry Birds fans to make the switch to consoles seems like a hard sell. The makers would have perhaps been better suited releasing each title as a digital download with a cheaper price point.
With controller in hand and one bird left in your arsenal, eliminating that final elusive pig as satisfying as ever. Combined with rich, colourful visuals and bucketload of content, Angry Birds Trilogy is an attractive prospect. Unfortunately, however, poorly implemented Kinect controls and a hefty price tag means that while Angry Birds Trilogy offers the same addictive gameplay experience, players are better suited sticking to the touchscreen or online originals.
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