Angry Birds Friends

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Angry Birds Friends
Angry Birds Friends.png
Developer(s) Rovio Entertainment
Publisher(s) Rovio Entertainment
Series Angry Birds
Engine Box2D
Platform(s) Android, iOS, Facebook (Adobe Flash)
Release date(s)

February 13, 2012 (Facebook)[1]

May 2, 2013 (Android and iOS)[2]
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Angry Birds Friends is a puzzle video game and the fourth game in the Angry Birds video game series. It is developed and published by Rovio Entertainment. The game was originally an exclusive Facebook game called Angry Birds Facebook that was released on February 13, 2012,[1] and was renamed to the current name on May 23, 2012.[3][4] The Facebook version introduced power-ups to the Angry Birds game series. Android and iOS versions were released on May 2, 2013.[2] On October 27, 2014, Rovio Entertainment introduced a global league to allow users from around the world to play against each other.[5]

Gameplay[edit]

The mobile version has six-level tournaments that change each week, but there are no episodes like other games or the Facebook version. Unlike the previous Angry Birds games, this game syncs progress with the Facebook version's weekly tournaments between the player, placeholder scores represented by Red and Chuck, and any of the player's Facebook friends who also play the game.[6] The game requires a login to Facebook to sync progress; otherwise one can play without a Facebook account. The top 3 winners each week earn in-game currency, called Bird Coins, which can be used to purchase power-ups or to acquire additional bird slingers.[7] In addition, the mobile version includes four power-up practice levels where there are infinite power-ups available for use.

In February 2012, the episode "Surf and Turf" was added to the Angry Birds Friends Facebook version and it was also added to the original Angry Birds. In July 2012, the episode "Pigini Beach" was added to the Angry Birds Friends Facebook version.

In August 2012, Rovio announced a partnership with the punk band Green Day, which led to 20 new levels of Angry Birds Friends on Facebook featuring all three members of the band. The new levels showcased each member of Green Day as a green, bad pig and also featured Green Day's latest single, and an exclusive track.[8] The levels were removed in December 2012.

In March 2013, Rovio added the episode named "Pig Tales", which has fantasy-themed levels, for the Facebook version that features an all-new power-up and a mushroom hat that can be used in the in-game avatars.

The game's weekly tournaments sometimes feature levels based on the season, such as Christmas themed levels in December and Easter themed levels during Easter.

In March 2016, Angry Birds Friends had a special theme "Year In Space" to commemorate the return of the American astronaut Scott Kelly and two cosmonauts after spending one year on the International Space Station.

Episodes[edit]

These episodes are only available on the Facebook version, therefore are not part of the mobile version of the game.

# Level Pack Release Date Special Notes
1 Surf and Turf February 13, 2012 Introduces power-ups. Has also been added to the original Angry Birds.
2 Pigini Beach July 10, 2012
3 Green Day August 20, 2012 Promotes the punk rock band Green Day. Removed on December 20, 2012.
4 Pig Tales March 27, 2013 Introduces a new power-up and a new block.

Reception[edit]

The game has received mixed reviews with a Metacritic score of 65/100 based on 5 reviews.[9] Pocket Gamer UK criticized the game for being "shallow and uninspiring"[10]

In April 2013, Rovio revealed that the Facebook game had been installed by over 60 million users, with 1.2 million daily active users and 10 million monthly active users.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Natt Garun (February 13, 2012). "Angry Birds lands on Facebook a day early". digitaltrends.com. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Whitney, Lance (2 May 2013). "Angry Birds Friends flocks to iOS and Android". CNET. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Mark Hachman (2012-05-23). "'Angry Birds Friends' Takes Flight on Facebook". PC Magazine. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  4. ^ Totilo, Stephen (23 May 2012). "Go Try Angry Birds on Facebook.". Kotaku. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Rovio updates Angry Birds Friends with new Halloween tournament and global league. October 2014
  6. ^ "Angry Birds". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  7. ^ "FAQ - Angry Birds Friends on Facebook". Rovio. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Brian, Matt (August 20, 2012). "Rovio teams up with rock band Green Day to create a musical Angry Birds Friends episode". 
  9. ^ "Angry Birds Friends for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  10. ^ "Angry Birds Friends review - iPad reviews". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  11. ^ Nichols, Scott (3 April 2013). "'Angry Birds Friends' brings the Facebook game to iOS, Android". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Bryant, Martin (3 April 2013). "After passing 60m Facebook installs, Rovio's Angry Birds Friends is coming to Android and iOS". The Next Web. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 

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