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06/16/2011

Angry Birds: the brick and mortar edition

Just when you thought Finland-based Rovio Mobile had all but exhausted the possibilities for its top-selling Angry Birds game, they’ve gone where no one would’ve expected them to go — bricks and mortar, so to speak. Partnering with iconic board game maker Mattel, Rovio released Angry Birds: Knock on Wood Game in May.

Angry birds Knock on Wood is not your typical board game; it seeks to recreate some of the joy of actually flinging angry birds at brick structures. And, after getting over the excitement of sitting down to a new manifestation of Angry Birds (it’s amazing to me that we haven’t gotten sick of it yet, talk about over-saturation of the market), I realized that perhaps Mattel shouldn’t have tried to stay so true to the game. Half of the game was spent trying to build the structures without knocking them over before we could fling birds at them. This proved to be frustrating, though we quickly got over that whenever we got the chance to load the slingshot and shoot.

Points are counted according to what you’re able to topple, though there’s no real need to keep score as the excitement is in each time your bird flies through the air. If the next version includes sturdier building blocks, this might become the next generation’s drinking Jenga.

-- Anna Miller, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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