Collectibles and timed challenges are two of essentially the most addictive issues in cellular gaming. Rovio Leisure’s Indignant Birds Match needs to tempt you with each, and it’s out now on iOS and Android.
To this point, we’ve seen the long-lasting Indignant Birds take a number of completely different varieties — racing, matching tiles, and pinging round a pinball machine. That is their first look in a match-Three sport. Like in final 12 months’s Indignant Birds Motion, the characters look extra like their onscreen counterparts from the Angry Birds movie than their counterparts from the older cellular games.
Indignant Birds Match doesn’t innovate, but it surely does do the match-Three gameplay properly. The primary few ranges introduce boosts (like purple birds that you may launch vertically or horizontally) and completely different obstacles on the board (like “glue” that you must match to dispel). In fact, inexperienced pigs trouble you as you attempt to meet targets, corresponding to clearing all of the mud patches in a degree.
As you beat ranges, you unlock and gather little hatchlings — child birds which might be new characters from the film. These hatchlings don’t do a lot. They’re simply cute. If you discover a new hatchling, it presents you with a key that allows you to open a treasure chest, which regularly accommodates power-ups, gems (which you employ to buy boosts), and further strikes on the following degree. Altogether, there are eight “worlds” at launch, corresponding to a seashore and a membership, with appropriately themed hatchlings in every space to gather.
Once in a while, a timed event happens that challenges you to finish a sure set of objectives (corresponding to beat 15 particular ranges) to unlock a Royal Chest. These prizes, not like primary chests and premium chests, can only be earned by beating the event.
All of that is fairly intuitive, however there are additionally odd selections. For example, you must match donuts and popsicles on some ranges, which appears a bit too Sweet Crush and misplaced. You can also’t replay ranges, which is a bit disappointing. The collectible facet additionally appears to be half-baked, for the reason that hatchlings don’t truly do something. You should purchase or earn completely different outfits for them, however these outfits are only marginally completely different.
Rovio’s been having a very good 12 months. It reported that its Q2 revenues grew 94 p.c to $101.2 million, as a result of Indignant Birds film in addition to its library of games — which aren’t all simply avian spin-offs. Earlier this 12 months, it launched Battle Bay, a 5-versus-5 multiplayer cellular title with nary a chicken in sight. But it surely’s only been a 12 months since Indignant Birds hit field workplaces, and there’s a sequel on the way in which in 2019, so Rovio remains to be viewing the franchise as its predominant moneymaker.
It does appear a bit late within the sport for Rovio to be making an attempt a match-Three sport, however general, it’s a fairly polished presentation. It simply isn’t something new.