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Angry Birds For iPhone and iPad

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The next time somebody asks me why I love gaming on an iPhone, I am going to show them Angry Birds. For the sale price of just 99 cents (it's normally $1.99 – and still worth every penny), you get a funny little puzzler about flightless birds that attack egg-stealing pigs via a slingshot. The pigs hide in wooden, metal, and glass houses. Your power and trajectory determines the success of your birds' attacks. A direct hit at a critical weak point can bring an entire structure down on top of a pig's noggin, resulting in lots of pained oinks. It's very similar to Crush the Castle, a game I recently reviewed, but Angry Birds outstrips that addictive puzzler in personality.


A recent update just added 42 new stages, upgrading Angry Birds from a clever trifle to a substantial game. There are a host of birds you use to attack, such as the basic red cannonballer, a yellow dive-bomber, and little blue birds that split into three when you tap them mid-flight. Deploying the right bird at the right time is the key to finishing stages with a single fling. It's a very simple formula, but thanks to precise controls (you drag your bird back in the slingshot to determine power and throw angle), great puzzle designs, and excellent atmosphere, Angry Birds is outrageously addictive. (Really, I am sleepy today because I played this until three in the morning.)


Depending on how many birds you use to wipe out all pigs in a stage, you earn up to three stars. I found myself replaying stages over and over until I figured out the linchpin of each structure, determined to drop the houses with a single throw. If you sign up for the social network Crystal, you can compare your scores with other players and log your triumphs on leaderboards.


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