I have to admit, I’m hooked on a pocket size video game in a manner I’ve not seen since I first played Tetris on my Gameboy at the age of 12.
Angry Birds, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Well, I hate thee too. Ever since I got myself an iPhone, you’ve been my best friend and worst enemy. Apps are easy to come by — iPhone games a dime a dozen — but nothing has captured the North American imagination quite like this testament to the glory of catapults, pigs and birds.
The premise is easy. Take birds of various shapes, sizes and explosive bomb dropping capabilities and destroy a series of evil pigs in increasingly complex and maddening formations. The concept is pretty basic and has been a stalwart of flash games on the web for years, but it’s the combination of intriguingly cute yet annoying graphic design and moments of sheer bloody mindedness that has made this one of the most of the most downloaded things on the iTunes store.
I love it. Those damn pigs in the helmets have been the bane of my year and killing them has been the most entertainment I’ve had sitting in a doctors waiting room ever.