Angry Birds Blast Review
Angry Birds Blast is a matching puzzle game that looks a lot like their own take on Candy Crush Saga. Depending on where you fall on matching games, this could sound great or awfully dull.
While the game has polished, intuitive and eye-catching graphics it doesn’t offer anything special. It doesn't stand out from its rivals in the genre, such as Candy Crush Saga in any way.
However, the sheer polish and charm of the game make it easy to be enchanted by things you may have already done before. Even trapped inside the balloons, the Angry Birds shine with their charisma. Red’s thick eyebrows ever-scowling, Matilda’s underbite clenching, and Chuck’s wisp of hair looking like a volcano about to go off make the game look adorable.
Angry Birds Blast pits the original five Angry Birds against their recognizable enemies, the Green Pigs, once again. But this time, the Birds have been trapped inside balloons and have to be freed before they can take down any Piggies.
The gameplay is typical for matching puzzle games. You have a series of levels, each of them made up of colored blocks which you match in straight-line groups of two or more.
Although many aspects of Angry Birds Blast are tried matching games formulas, the use of Piggies and their forts as obstacles is an excellent change of pace that stays true to the series’ identity. To reach the Piggies, you need to pop blocks made of glass, wood, stone, and other items. Goals almost always include removing all Pigs on the board, and larger Piggies like the Foreman Pig take more matches to be knocked off.
There are also unique characters, which haven’t been included in previous Angry Birds games — “super angry” Birds. They will torpedo out of their balloon prison and pop another random balloon on the way to their freedom.
When you collect larger batches of balloons, you will earn a number of powerful boosters like the 5-match Rocket or the 9-match Laser Gun. They will help you snag tricky singular balloons, and coming side-by-side they result in a massive in its scope and usefulness explosion.
Rovio also treats you with little gameplay additions like Daily and Weekly tasks that offer a unique “go as long as you can” challenges. These tasks are a great break from the standard goal-focused levels.
The levels set you challenges, like popping balloons of the same color and getting rid of a few pigs. Tiles are only removed when you tap on them, and any like-colored tiles that are touching the group will be removed as well. It allows for large matches in a single move but also greatly reduces the chance to make chains, since tiles don’t disappear automatically when lined up in a row.
The Angry Birds Blast’s campaign suffers from the common matching games issue — it becomes too difficult too quickly. Although the power-ups help in clearing tough boards, you may find yourself playing even early levels over and over before coming close to the required goal. The game often feels random and luck-based, especially when you get stuck with an endless series of matches in a corner which is nowhere near the Pigs you’re trying to take down.
To keep you engaged and entertained outside the main campaign, the game offers you daily and weekly challenges where you need to clear as many pigs as you can and earn rewards and boosters.
Eventually, the game gets boring, and the power-ups and obstacles become repetitive. It’s just another match-stuff game which you’ll put down after a few hours and replay just for killing time.
Angry Birds Blast is a free-to-play game that has some mechanics to keep you from move through the game freely. Much like in Candy Crush Saga, you've got a limited number of lives to complete levels before being asked to wait for them to refill.
There are also a few power-ups you can buy which give you a significant advantage when trying to complete levels. Those are optional purchases, but the further and further you get into Angry Birds Blast, it seems the more and more you need these items to have a decent shot at passing complicated levels.
To help with the tricky levels, consumable items will add more moves to your total count, rotate the entire board, provide a free Laser Gun, and so on.
In a crowded match-stuff marketplace, the game has to do a lot to justify its existence. Angry Birds Blast doesn’t quite manage to poke its head over the parapets. There’s nothing wrong with the game, it just doesn’t do enough to offer something unique and engaging.
The Angry Birds is a decent amount of fun, but there’s nothing here that you haven't tried a hundred times before. Plus, it gets more and more frustrating the further you get into it which will likely turn you off unless you're a dedicated matching game player. While the game is a good way to kill some time, it's really nothing special about it.
- Polished graphics
- Good time killer
- Just another balloon popper
- Gets repetitive easily
- The levels feel random and luck-based