Angry Birds Go!

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Angry Birds Go!
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Developer(s) Rovio Entertainment and Exient Entertainment[1]
Publisher(s) Rovio Entertainment
Series Angry Birds
Engine Exient Game Engine (XGS)
Platform(s) iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry 10
Release date(s) December 11, 2013
Genre(s) Racing

Angry Birds Go! is a kart racing free-to-play game and is the eighth game in the Angry Birds video game series. The game was co-developed by Rovio Entertainment and Exient Entertainment, sponsored by Red Bull's mobile games and was released on December 11, 2013.[2] The game is compatible with Hasbro Telepods that will allow the player to summon a specific kart.[3] The game's tracks are located on the 3D-rendered Piggy Island. The game also features upgradeable karts and unique powers for each character.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

In Angry Birds Go!, players can choose how they want to move their kart. If players choose "tilt", they must the tilt the device into the direction they want the kart to move into. If players choose "touch", players must then tap on either the left or right part of the screen to move the kart to the left or right respectively. To start the race, they must pull the kart back from a large slingshot, then release when the "GO!" text appears. If players release it early, all other opponents will also launch early, but the player's kart will spin, slowing it down. Players can collect coins while racing. Players can also use a character's special power, depending on the bird or pig they selected to race. But instead of collecting it on the track, they instead charge up, and be reusable in a race for 3 gems. The races, however, has no laps whatsoever and when finished with the race one energy unit, shown as cupcakes, is lost and is slowly regained with time. When players are not racing, they can use the collected coins to upgrade their kart. This feature is essential on progressing for certain race types may only be repeated if a kart's CC or "Cake Capacity" is high enough, which can be increased by upgrading. Players can also change characters when not racing, for each character has their own unique special power, that can greatly help players on certain race types, and most importantly if the chosen racer is out of energy.

Development[edit]

On 12 June 2013, developer Rovio Entertainment posted a teaser trailer website showing the Red Bird speeding into the distance after a "Ready, Set, Go" countdown. The teaser fueled speculation by journalists and fans that the game would be either a racing game or an endless running game.[5][6][7] Rovio decided the kart racing was a good fit due to supply and demand - there were calls on various forums for a mobile karting game.[8]

Angry Birds Go was one of the first apps ever released simultaneously on the four major smartphone platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10.[9] This app supports Rovio accounts so players can sync progress between different devices on the same operating system.

Chapters[edit]

Each chapter of Angry Birds Go focuses on a separate course with 2 or 3 stages that either features a competitor to race against in Champion Chase or an opportunity to race in the Slalom.
Note: Seedway is the only chapter with 2 stages as the first stage (for Red) cannot be replayed.

Chapter Competitors Release date Number of Levels
Weekly Tournament Red, Chuck and Facebook friends May 6, 2014 6 per week
1. Seedway Red (given unlocked), Stella and Bomb December 11, 2013 6
2. Rocky Road The Blues, King Pig and Terence December 11, 2013 6
3. Air Bubbles, Matilda and Foreman Pig December 11, 2013 6
4. Stunt Hal, Corporal Pig and Chuck December 11, 2013 6
5. Sub Zero None, but is has Slalom racing March 20, 2014 6

Race Types[edit]

Each of the game's courses has five types of races. Sub Zero has champion chase replaced with slalom.[9]

  • Race is a downhill race against seven other racers.
  • Time Boom is a solo challenge where you have to reach the finish before the timer runs out, and there are obstacles.
  • Fruit Splat is either solo or against two other racers where you have to hit a set number of fruits. After the fruit meter is empty, the fruits change to coins. It has a Sub Zero exclusive counterpart called "Ice Splat", but is just the same exact thing, only with fruit-flavored frozen desserts.
  • Versus is against another racer with Easy, Medium and Hard option to choose for vary of difficulty or coins earned when won.
  • Champion Chase is a head-to-head race against a new racer; after three wins you will unlock the racer.
  • Slalom (only in Sub Zero and Weekly Tournament) is a race type involves driving through gates in a certain amount of time. Every time you miss a gate, more time is taken off the clock and 5 TNT drops near your kart.

For Race, Time Boom and Fruit Splat races, these can only be played for five rounds with increase in difficulty until all five rounds each are completed, and then players can complete challenges. All race types except "Versus" has a CC (Cake Capacity, earned from getting upgrades) limit before you can unlock the race type each time.
In addition, there is a Jenga mode unlocked either by entering a code from the Angry Birds Jenga toy or with an in-app purchase; this has the racer going down a ramp to smash into blocks and pigs.

Telepods[edit]

Telepods are figures created by Hasbro that was first used for Angry Birds Star Wars 2. It allows you to summon a specific kart, but not the specific racer shown on the toy.[10] The summoned kart works in any track, but not all the karts can be played in every track. If a kart of a locked course is summoned, it will unlock the course, but the only playable race type is the "Versus" mode of the first track. When using Telepods, to summon the specific kart, it is necessary to scan the QR code each time after the app is fully closed.

The Sub Zero episode works with the second set of snow-themed Telepods that can be used on that episode.

Multiplayer[edit]

Rovio announced on December 13, 2013 that the multiplayer feature will be included in the upcoming Spring 2014 update.[11]After the release of the May 2014 update, multiplayer was partially featured as a "Weekly Tournament", where the player tries to complete in six events against the player's Facebook friends, and the user with the highest overall score wins, similar to Angry Birds Friends.

In the July 2014 update, multiplayer was further added within the game. According to Rovio, this is part one of the update. The online multiplayer is asynchronous, thus players are not competing with each other at the same time. However, Rovio hints that part two of their update may contain synchronous online racing.[12]

Reception[edit]

The game has received mixed reviews, with a Metacritic score of 60% based on 22 reviews.[13] The Guardian liked the gameplay and was not overly bothered by the in-app purchases.[9] Tech2 did not like the energy system, which only allows you to play five races with a bird, after which they are locked unless you wait or unlock with crystals (which are slowly earned in-game or with an in-app purchase) and did not like the vehicle upgrade process using in-game currency that is slowly earned by racing or with an in-app purchase for coins.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Angry Birds Go! | Exient". 
  2. ^ Yam, Marcus (2013-08-28). "Angry Birds Go Will Be Rovio's Kart Racing Game". Tom's Guide. Retrieved 2013-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Rovio confirms that you'll be able to use Telepods and Jenga toys in Angry Birds Go!". 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  4. ^ The Verge (2013-09-30). "Rovio takes on 'Mario Kart' with 'Angry Birds Go'". The Verge. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  5. ^ Knight, Shawn (13 June 2013). "Angry Birds Go! set to race onto the scene by year's end". TechSpot. Retrieved 11 August 2013. "based on the very brief teaser trailer, it could either be a Temple Run-type game or perhaps a racing title." 
  6. ^ Majumdar, Anujeet (13 June 2013). "Rovio's Angry Birds Go! teaser shows new twist to an old favourite". Tech2.in.com. Retrieved 11 August 2013. "An animated trailer that the company has released shows the possibility of the newest installation being some sort of a racing game." 
  7. ^ Dredge, Stuart (12 June 2013). "Angry Birds Go! set to open new chapter for Rovio's Angry Birds". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 August 2013. "Angry Birds Go! may be an endless runner, judging by its teaser website" 
  8. ^ From kart to finish the making of Angry Birds Go.
  9. ^ a b c Stuart Dredge (2013-11-05). "Angry Birds Go! – review | Technology". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-12-11. 
  10. ^ "Review: Angry Birds Go! Toys Extend Telepod's Form and Function". Forbes. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  11. ^ "Rovio will update Angry Birds Go! with multiplayer in spring 2014". Pocket Gamer. 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  12. ^ Carter Dotson. "News 'Angry Birds Go' Gets a Multiplayer Mode in Latest Update". toucharcade.com. Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  13. ^ "Angry Birds Go! for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  14. ^ Shunal Doke. "Angry Birds Go's in-app purchases cost as much as a budget smartphone". Tech2.in.com. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 

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