Update: Angry Birds Halloween has been renamed to Angry Birds Seasons, and is currently featuring 25 Christmas levels. Here is how the game looks for the holidays, followed by a review of the Halloweens edition.
I was surprised with this app. It’s not by the same makers as the original Angry Birds that became a massive hit, but with this new theme, does it stand up against the original? Welcome to creepy Halloween… now with The Birds!!!! (zomg Hitchcock reference!) Brought to us by Rovio Mobile Ltd., Angry Birds Halloween is available on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad for $0.99.
Apologies to Rovio Mobile. They did in fact work on and release this application, as they did with Angry Birds, but they did not publish the app with Clickgamer.com, and instead released it on their own. That is why Clickgamer was not listed in the Angry Birds Halloween AppStore description. There were a lot of comments that also misunderstood and I should have read more carefully. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
The graphics look absolutely beautiful. I love the trees, the gradient red background, and the creepy massive moon. It just looks great. The little birds and pigs are from the original, though now the pigs are little zombies. It’s cute. The music is great as well, so that pretty much makes the production value of the game really well done. I would’ve really liked to have seen some different areas like graveyards, haunted mansions, or some more variety in the background, but at least their one and only background looks absolutely great.
The puzzles are hard. Some, I feel, are close to impossible without a whole heck of a lot of trial and error. The puzzle parts usually come together without much coherence. In the original, there were different places to visit, different puzzle structures, and usually, they come with a theme. Here, the theme is always a random assortment of wood planks and cement blocks. Not a lot of interesting ways to break through the puzzle and I swear, some stages were not play-tested well because they are nearly impossible to get full stars on.
You know what I would have liked to see? The stages from the original Angry Birds remade into horrible nightmarish Halloween versions. Have the puzzles involve creepy shapes, maybe some haunted mansion parts used as the puzzles? Maybe vampire, Frankenstein, or werewolf pigs as the enemies? I would have liked new birds or at least having the birds follow the whole Halloween theme?
This was a simple remake that really could have just been a theme change in the original Angry Birds. Here, it’s a separate app for some unexplained reason since this really doesn’t provide a whole lot of new content. I still really like the art, but that doesn’t make a game fun or new. I personally can’t recommend this one since the original was far superior, but if you really REALLY wanted two Angry Birds on your iDevice, buy it?
Here is a video demo of the Angry Birds Halloween app on the iPhone
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