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3.0 out of 5 stars Sure they're great games, but probably too expensive for the average consumer, September 25, 2012
This review is from: Angry Birds Trilogy - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
There's a reason why "Angry Birds" is the most popular mobile game app in the world - the gameplay is simple, streamlined, fun, and is perfectly suited for short bursts of gaming while doing other things in life - such as waiting at a doctor's office, getting your oil changed, etc. And best yet, each game is only $.99 cents.

One of the benefits of publishing for a console vs mobile apps is the price point - you get to charge more for your product. It makes sense that Rovio wants to bring their "Angry Birds" franchise to the console. "Angry Birds" is probably one of the few franchises popular and well-known enough to merit a console publication, and you can make a lot more money.

But here's the problem. The price point has drastically so been altered and the differences for the increased price is negligible. The first three games are present and accounted for but at a much higher price. For the 3DS version, we go from $.99 cents a game to about $10 dollars a game. Likewise, Rovio is charging over $13 dollars per game on the XBOX 360 and Playstation 3. If a console game went up that much, instead of paying $59.95 for "New Super Mario Bros. U", you would be paying $600

Rovio has decided to publish the first three "Angry Birds" games, "Angry Birds", "Angry Birds Seasons", and "Angry Birds Rio", on the XBOX 360, Playstation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. The two home consoles has an MSRP of $39.95 and the $3DS 29.95. But is "Angry Birds Trilogy" really worth purchasing when the same games are available for so much cheaper?

Really depends, but for most consumers, the answer is no. Now, there will be fans out there of the games that this will be an automatic purchase regardless. For those undecided, here is what the console versions of "Angry Birds Trilogy" offers, as well as cons.

PROS:
-HD GRAPHICS
-Exclusive new level per episode
-Achievements and Trophies
-New Cutscenes
-3D gameplay (for 3DS version ONLY)
-XBOX 360 version supports Kinect, Playstation 3 supports Playstation Move.

CONS:
-Ludicrous price point compared to mobile version
-Obviously PS3 and XBOX 360 lacks touch screen capabilities. As touchscreen gameplay is a cornerstone of "Angry Birds", there is a brief adjustment period but ultimately is not that much of an issue. 3DS does feature touchscreen gameplay
-Unable to use the game on multiple devices for the same purchasing dollar
-Angry Birds are available for TV play on streaming devices for much cheaper

The HD graphics look great, and as far as gameplay the console experience of "Angry Birds" is just as addictive as the mobile apps.. The controls are tight. Of the three different versions I would recommend the 3DS version due to the 3D graphics and the lower price

Another added benefit (for me, anyway) of the console versions how the Angry Birds games play into the dynamic of the contrasting nature [of] between console vs mobile apps. Mobile apps are often used for short bursts of gaming for time killers. Often times console gameplay is often a more prolonged experience. Playing "Angry Birds" for extended periods of times (something more likely to happen on the consoles), demonstrates just how good these games really are and how they hold up even for hours at a time. Few mobile games can say that.

As far as the "exclusive new levels", for me that's not much of a draw. First off, the mobile versions have TONS of content with hours and hours and hours of avian-throwing. All three titles have a large number of levels, which will take you a good deal of time to get through, especially when trying to get three stars per each level. Rovio has added lots of new content to all three titles since initial release. "Seasons" which originally started out as a Halloween themed game now has (at the time of this writing) "Seasons 2011" and "Seasons 2012". When I purchased seasons, only "2011" existed. Now I am getting both as Rovio has updated the game. There can be no updates to these console versions unless they are downloaded, possible for a price.

Another factor to consider is how mobile app purchases work, at least on Apple devices (personally I am not familiar with other mobile carriers). I have purchased all three games, including the fourth ("Angry Birds Space", not included on this package). These purchases are linked to my iTunes account, meaning I can download the game to multiple devices because the purchase is account based, not device based. Obviously this is not a possibility on the home console versions or 3DS version.

And for those who want a larger screen, you can just as easily download "Angry Birds" to a tablet or iPad. For my money, I'd much rather spend three dollars and play these games on tablets than a 3DS or console anyway.

So there you have it. Mobile games and console games are drastically different, and I understand why Rovio wants to monetize their most successful franchise in this manner. It's simply the nature of the market that mobile games are so much cheaper than console titles. Honestly, given how much content already existed within these games to begin with, there's not a lot more Rovio could really do to justify the radically different price points between the two main competing versions of "Angry Birds". Of all the mobile games, "Angry Birds" is easily the most renowned, so they are in the best position to tap into the console market. Consumers may bite the bullet and get the titles in this form simply because "Angry Birds" is so widely popular - but for most other mobile app developers, console publication will not be an option (though obviously downloads, such as Nintendo's Wiiware, is possible)..

Ultimately, only you can decide if you want to spend the money on "Angry Birds Trilogy". My recommendation is buy the mobile app versions if you haven't already and if you really enjoy the games, consider purchasing the console versions. Graphically the updated games are gorgeous. If you are more of a casual fan, stick with the mobile app versions.
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A brief overview of the games themselves:

The story (what story there is) is simple - green pigs steal the eggs of several different bird species, and the birds want their eggs back. Using a slingshot, you launch the birds (a pre-set number per level) at the pigs, which are in pre-existing structures of various items (mostly wood and ice blocks), with the intent to rid the level of those slimy green pigs. The more damage you cause to the pigs and the structures, the higher you score. Unlike so many other games, there is actual motivation to score high. You get three stars for a high score, two stars for a medium score, and one star for a low score. Several of the levels are quite challenging to get three stars.

As you progress throughout the game, the birds become more varied, with different birds having different abilities. The red bird is standard, the yellow bird gets a burst if speed if you touch the screen after initial launch, the black bird acts as a bomb, the white bird lays bombing eggs, the blue bird breaks into three birds, the boomerang bird doubles back as a boomerang, and the balloon bird inflates to many times its original size. You activate these special abilities by pressing the bird a second time after launch.
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2012 11:10:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2012 1:48:01 PM PDT
Again, you shouldn't be reviewing a title you didn't buy. From reading your "review", it seems you just read some info about the console version and then decided to compare it to your mobile experience. Reviews should come from first-hand experience.

And it's very bad etiquette to delete comments of people with very valid points.

I finally found an actual review of the product on a console: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk0tysZCiPI

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2012 10:41:33 AM PDT
Mike London says:
I find it very interesting that you assume to KNOW anything about my life. I know nothing about your personal life, and you know nothing about mine. You say "you shouldn't be reviewing a title you didn't buy". And just how, pray tell, do you know that? I have played the Angry Birds trilogy on both consoles and the 3DS version. My comments to come from FIRST-HAND experience of the product. And I don't have to explain to YOU about that first-hand experience.

You cannot delete comments; you can only delete reviews. It is the right of the reviewer to delete any review published by that person if he wants too. I did delete and repost the review in a significantly revised format, incorporating changes suggested by the comments.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2012 10:41:38 AM PDT
Mike London says:
I find it very interesting that you assume to KNOW anything about my life. I know nothing about your personal life, and you know nothing about mine. You say "you shouldn't be reviewing a title you didn't buy". And just how, pray tell, do you know that? I have played the Angry Birds trilogy on both consoles and the 3DS version. My comments to come from FIRST-HAND experience of the product. And I don't have to explain to YOU about that first-hand experience.

You cannot delete comments; you can only delete reviews. It is the right of the reviewer to delete any review published by that person if he wants too. I did delete and repost the review in a significantly revised format, incorporating changes suggested by the comments.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2012 4:43:14 PM PDT
You deleted your review because people recognized that you posted a bogus review that was solely based on your experience with the mobile versions of the title, and posted this one to get a fresh start. That's pretty horrible behavior. And I find it unbelievable that you spent $110 on the 360, PS3, and 3DS versions.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 4:13:58 PM PDT
here's another video showing the product in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uX5Fa8HYXZk

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2012 3:00:42 PM PDT
Mike London says:
I personally don't care what you believe Patrick. I have played all three console versions on their respective hardware on this title for a good chunk of time a piece, except for the 3DS version which I've played more of. I don't write reviews of products I haven't personally experienced. You can call me a liar all you want - that doesn't not make me one though.

Posted on Mar 21, 2013 2:27:10 PM PDT
Ian says:
I know what you mean Mike. It is a bit pricey, being that I have it on my Android for free. I like in your review that you said it was fun to play but the price was steep. You're review was very thorough, and led to me buying the game. I was wondering if the price trade off was worth it. To all, it's a judgement call. I paid it, just so I could sit on my couch and play it on a 54 inch, without eating my phone battery, and it is fun! But ya, if they're giving it away on Droid, and Iphone, it should be much cheaper. Oh well. I'm an addict. Nice review.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2013 3:23:04 AM PDT
Roperrr says:
Mike thanks for giving us a different perspective. I appreciate it.

some people just don't get what you are driving at. i get that all the time.
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