REVIEW – Angry Birds Trilogy Wii U

It’s for Birds –

Starting off on the mobile environment then evolving to anything with a screen, the Angry Birds phenomenon will continue to grow as long as there is a reason for these feathered fowl to keep suicide bombing defenseless farm animals. It really is only a matter of time before the garage door opener and scientific calculator ports sell a bazillion copies too.

The Wii U is the latest console to receive a port of this worldwide best seller.  In short, this is basically the same Angry Birds Trilogy that also kamikazed on the 3DS, Wii, PS3, and 360.  Included are three full Angry Birds titles, Angry Birds, Rio, and Seasons, with a couple dozen new levels, DLC, and console specific features.

Angry Birds Wii U

This Wii U version is basically what you would expect on Nintendo’s latest home hardware.  Online leaderboards post high scores, it is possible to play off-screen using the Gamepad, and the touch screen works just like any mobile version.  Is this version better or worse than the other console versions?  No, not really, but playing on the Gamepad essentially bridges the gap between console and mobile editions thanks to the touchscreen.

Like the other console versions, the biggest complaint about this Wii U version is the price.  $50 is extraordinarily steep considering that the full versions of these games are either free or sell for around $1 on most smart phones.  Sure, it is nice to play on a high def TV and use the touchscreen on the Gamepad but it doesn’t warrant the price of a full retail game even though it could take a couple hundred hours to beat every level with a 3-Star ranking.  For $50, shouldn’t at least Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Friends, Angry Birds Space, real time multiplayer, or a level editor with Miiverse support be included too?   Besides, Angry Birds is still Angry Birds no matter how to play it.  This puzzle game requires patience, finesse, and is best played in 5-10 minute increments as it can get frustrating, overly challenging, repetitive and boring.  It is, however, still humorous and charming and has made its way into the history books as one of the most played, bought, and downloaded games of all time.

If you can’t get enough Angry Birds or looking for some kid friendly software for the software starved Wii U, then this Trilogy can be worth it if you are willing to pony-up for the higher price tag.  Everyone else will probably be content downloading the free version on their phones.

 

2.5/5

 

Also Try: Angry Bird fruit snacks

Better Than: the Kinect motion controls

Wait For It: a massive price drop

 

By: Zachary Gasiorowski, Editor in Chief myGamer.com

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