Nothing says ‘Happy Halloween’ like an Angry Birds Seasons update, so to get in a mildy spooky mood and meet world-famous app’s brand new ‘puffer’ bird we delved back into an Android classic. Little has changed bar a slightly steeper difficulty curve but surely Rovio would be crazy to tamper with their much-loved formula?
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C’mon, you know the Angry Birds story right? Some devious green pigs have stolen your eggs and to retrieve them you’ll need to strike at the very heart of several fortresses made of wood, stone and ice. With 400 million downloads worldwide, it’s a rare smartphone owner who hasn’t come into some sort of contact with this ornithological sensation.
While there’s no denying the original Angry Birds was an utterly fantastic app for all the family, Rovio seem content to milk the concept until the cash runs dry. This means the Ham’o'ween update for Angry Birds Seasons is basically the same as any other for the strategy game bar a scary-themed skin to match the time year. Black pumpkins are now bombs, pigs can protect themselves by hiding in pumpkins and there’s a new bird.
Yes, the ‘puffer’ bird is here to add a wee bit of variation to an otherwise run-of-the-mill experience. While this luminous orange friend may look diminutive in stature, once you give your touchscreen a tap he balloons in size to engulf half the screen and any unlucky swines standing in his way. As Angry Birds go ‘puffer’ is better than the boomerang pelican and the weighty red robin but he’s hardly enough to convert any non-believers.
Bearing in mind this isn’t even the first Halloween-themed update for Angry Birds Seasons, that honour belongs to last year’s Trick or Treat, running through Ham’o'ween does feel a bit like dining out on the cold leftovers from a scrumptious Sunday roast. Yeah, they’ll still taste okay but it’s time to spice up your life and try something different.
The Bottom Line
The Ham’o'ween update for Angry Birds Seasons signals Rovio are running low on new ideas.
Version reviewed 2.0.0
Requires Android 1.6 or higher