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Best iPhone games: Angry Birds Space
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Angry Birds has penetrated popular culture more than Call Of Duty ever will, and has been downloaded over one billion times. Its sales dwarf any other 'proper' videogame, and if it's not on your phone, Angry Birds is still inescapable in the real world - on caps, hoodies, flip-flops, lunchboxes, as plushes and on stationary. There is an Angry Birds theme park. An animated series is due to launch soon, and there is talk of an Angry Birds movie. It is a monster.
Consider yourself a gamer and you may baulk at the idea of playing Angry Birds, precisely because it is so popular. CVG itself has, in the past, taken this attitude. 'Hate to admit it, but this actually looks like good fun', we begrudgingly said when Angry Birds Space was first revealed. It's an attitude which exists because Angry Birds is considered lightweight, fluffy, one part skill and one part trial and error.
Perhaps it's not considered a 'gamers' game because once you have set the angle and power of your avian projectile, you are simply watching the events on screen unfold. In that sense, it is just like Peggle and just as weirdly compelling. Yet there's no backlash for Popcap's casual classic.
If the first Angry Birds was mobile's Super Mario Bros, then Angry Birds Space is its Super Mario Galaxy. The formula is updated and given a series of intergalactic gravitational twists. Each stage is a miniature puzzle to be solved in any way you please - a quirk of Rovio's calculated level design which must be difficult to execute. For that, the Finnish studio must be congratulated.
Spin-off Bad Piggies replicated that feeling of somehow mudding through each part of the game, and it's one which perhaps explains Angry Birds' colossal casual appeal. Whoever you might be, child or harder-than hardcore gamer, this is a hugely satisfying game. Angry Birds was the ultimate one-finger timesink, and Angry Birds Space its finest hour.
Angry Birds Space is £0.69 on the App Store. Download it here.
Angry Birds Space HD for iPad is £0.69 on the App Store. Download it here.
Angry Birds Space is £0.69 on Android. Download it here.