I bought Angry Alex, and really tried to like it, but got bored and gave up. I ended up going through all the old Angry Birds scenarios dating back to the beginning, instead.
Angry Birds is relaxing. I spend my days writing code and prose, communicating and creating. Playing Angry Birds is not about creating (obviously) it's about destroying. It's a perfect game.
I'm sure that Rovio wants to grow, make more money, hire more people -- but maybe that wasn't meant to be. Maybe they should be happy with the success of Angry Birds, and try to do things to make their fans happy. No one would begrudge them some more money if they're helping make our downtime more relaxing.
Anyway, I seriously think that Angry Birds could be a platform, and that's what they're trying to create with these other products -- including the new Bad Piggies, out today, which I admit I don't even want to try, because the idea seems like another Angry Alex, but this time with an element of the Angry Birds franchise.
Instead, why not release the design tools they use to create Angry Birds scenarios, and open a store of their own. Let creativity rule. Even if the scenarios were just ripoffs of the ones done by Rovio designers, so what. Let's see what people come up with.
An idea -- give the pigs and birds recognizable faces. Of movie stars, baseball players, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony. Or Republicans and Democrats! There could have been a special scenario around the death of Neil Armstrong that had him and Buzz as birds fighting off lunar pigs (whatever they might look like).
I think there's still room for a lot of creativity with Angry Birds. Stick with what works Rovio! :-)
After Chuck posted his comment, I decided to give it a try.
Got the $2.99 iPad version. It was great fun! I think it's in the humor of the pigs, and it comes through, and is even nicer here than it was in Angry Birds. I changed my mind. It's good.
Glad to have the OPML Comments here to be able to update this.
Also to Anton, go ahead and experiment. If something is irritating, let's let it bother, and we can maybe find a way to deal with it in the software.
Gotta admit I've never played Angry Birds. But, given that my personal brand is a pig, guess it's time to give Angry Birds and Bag Piggies a try.
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Same physics engine as Angry Birds. Nice and simple
Grapics are creative
the "build your own vehicle" thing has been done, but not in this puzzle genre
It is a very clever little programming language that they give you to make your machines with.
There's a bit too much timing and manual dexterity required for my tastes, but not very much in reality
Rotating the soda bottles is done by tapping them. Took a long time to figure that out.
The sandbox mode shows how incredibly complicated this game must become at higher levels. It could take a long time to solve a level, unlike Angry Birds.
It was definitely worth $.99