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If you want to know what the Angry Birds game is all about, this is the article for you! I'll even give you a way to try out the game on your PC.

 

When talking about technology and mobile devices, one subject is bound to come up: Angry Birds. I've talked to many people who are addicted to this game, others who play it occasionally, and others who say they've heard of Angry Birds, but don't really understand what Angry Birds is all about. While some have tried the game and said they just didn't have time for it, not one person I've talked to say that they didn't like the game. In November 2011, just two years after its release, the Angry Bird series became the first game to achieve 500 million downloads. Rovio, the games developers claim that they have 40 million active users of Angry Birds, so they must be doing something right.

The first thing that you have to understand about this game is that its popularity is based on several things. First it is an easy game to play. You don't need any prior video game experience. Second is that it has enough different birds and different levels to keep everyone addicted. Third is that it is it is scientific in the way it handles gravity and a wide variety of materials. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Angry Birds is just slightly outrageous.

Those who haven't played the game often ask why the birds are angry. Well, that's easy to answer. They are angry because the green pigs stole their eggs. The basis for the gameplay is that the multi-colored birds are now out to destroy those nasty green pigs. The pigs are encased in structures that are made of different materials, like wood, stone, crates, rocks, and ice. Each structure is built differently for each level. You use a slingshot to launch the birds against the pigs to destroy their enclosures and ultimately to destroy them. The objective of the game is to eliminate all the pigs on any given level so you can move on to the next level.

The slightly outrageous part comes in the actual concept of the game itself. First of all, most birds can fly, so why would you need a slingshot? Well these birds can't fly because these birds are wingless; but who ever heard of a wingless bird? You simply can't avoid the curiosity of why the pigs steal the eggs. And you can't help but notice the play on ham and eggs.

The birds are packed with clever features that draw you into the game. I'll give away a few secrets here for those of you who want to beat the kids and grandkids at this game. The small red birds are simply basic birds that can do little harm. The bigger red birds are more destructive. The blue bird divides into three separate birds when you tap the screen. Depending on when you tap the screen, they can be pretty damaging. The yellow triangular bird gets a rush of speed when you tap the screen. The black bird can explode like a bomb. The green bird acts like a boomerang when you tap the screen. That's very useful when you overshoot your target or want to use a tricky maneuver.

Although all pigs are all green, they come in different sizes with larger pigs being stronger and those wearing helmets more resistant to damage. Watch out for pigs with crowns. They are the most damage-resistant.

There are several versions of Angry Birds including Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Lite. They can be played on a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and Android tablets including the Amazon Fire. Some are free but others cost up to $5 each. The average price is $2-$3.

The latest version of Angry Birds, called Angry Birds Space has made a big splash. Anxious players downloaded more than 10 million copies in the first three days of its release. The Angry Birds Space game was created by Rovio in conjunction with NASA and National Geographic. NASA got involved because of the physics of gravity that the game displays. NASA has even made a YouTube video about the Angry Birds Space game in which Astronaut Don Pettit shows how gravity affects an object's trajectory. The video was taped on the International Space Station, complete with birds and eggs as props. National Geographic has developed a companion book called Angry Birds Space that helps kids learn about the Angry Birds as well as the planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and other the mysteries of the universe.

So you can see that Angry Birds is no average game. The entire series of games is both appealing and educational.  As the first birds in space, the Angry Birds have become the super heroes of the universe. They are already popping up in toys, apparel and even food items. Rovio is also developing a film based on the birds and a comic book series can't be far behind.

If you haven't tried Angry Birds yet, you are in for a treat when you do. You may not become as addicted as some of the kids, these unusual birds are sure to make you smile.

If you don't have a mobile device, you can play Angry Birds on your PC. Just follow this link.