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Angry Birds: A Possible Gateway to Better Android Gaming

Probably the most anticipated game from that thing that Apple makes was ported to Android last Friday. Most people heard about it about a week prior to its release so it received some massive downloading on Friday. I am, of course, talking about Angry Birds.

Now, Angry Birds is a relatively simple game: you fire birds at a bunch of green pigs. What makes it fun is how conveniently placed the pigs are in a fortress of wood, metal, and all sorts of obstacles. You pull back your bird-loaded sling shot and let her rip. The birds vary, and they all have their different abilities when the screen is tapped mid-air. For example, the blue birds split into three’s, the yellow birds get a burst of speed, and the black birds are bombs. This adds a good amount of depth to the game, and keeps all of the levels from getting too repetitive. It is an extremely addictive game, and you can spend countless hours on it. However, giving that it is still in beta and is in the lite edition, there aren’t many levels to start with. This game will be awesome though.

One of the cool things the developer threw in that really makes a beta a beta, is a bug button. In the main menu there is a small bug and you touch it and you can go to the site and report any kind of bug you may encountered (which is few, might I add). In the end, this really can make a difference and make the fixing bugs a lot more intuitive with the users.

One of the great things about Angry Birds, however has absolutely nothing to do with the game itself. It can be describes as the domino effect, only with developers. When developers across the globe see Angry Birds become successful on the Market, they will add their apps as well. This hasn’t happened yet, but hopefully more successful apps and games will be ported to Android and, better yet, developed specifically for Android. This would be great and with Android’s growth, is likely to happen. I am looking forward to seeing what will come in the future in the gaming area of Android.