Angry Birds: Knock On Wood Game
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- Based on the on the best-selling phone app game, Angry Birds
- Now kids can play their #1 favorite app game in real life
- Build, launch and destroy with an exciting skill-and-action
- Features three Angry Birds, green pigs, one slingshot-style launcher, structure pieces and mission cards
- For 2 or 4 players
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Build, launch and destroy with the Angry Birds: Knock On Wood Board Game. This exciting skill-and-action game, based on the best-selling phone application, features three Angry Birds, green pigs, one slingshot-style launcher, structure pieces and mission cards. Players draw a card and build the structure shown before their opponents launch an Angry Bird in an attempt to knock it, and the pigs down to win points. The game is suitable for 2 or 4 players aged from 5 to adult.
Play your favorite app game in real life with the Angry Birds: Knock on Wood Game! The age-old battle between Angry Birds and the egg-stealing pigs continues, and the birds will have their revenge. Draw cards, build castles, and knock them down in this hands-on version of the touchscreen hit. First one to 100 points wins!
Hands-On Version of the Touchscreen Hit
The Angry Birds: Knock on Wood Game brings all the fun of the touchscreen app to a new, tactile playing field for two to four players. This game follows the same goals as the online version: launch the Angry Birds toward the egg-stealing pigs' wooden castles to destroy them and advance to the next level. With three Angry Birds, four pigs, a variety of "wooden" pieces, and a bird launcher, you can now bring the same action to your living room.
Build, Launch, and Destroy to Win
Play consists of drawing cards from any of four levels, building a structure on the card, and then knocking it down. To play, you draw a card--the higher the card the more points possible to earn. Give it to the next player to build that card's castle. Then, use the bird launcher to shoot it down with the birds indicated on the Mission card.
Go Crazy with Wild Cards
Our testers enjoyed the challenge of playing within the game's rules, including the ways the structures can be built and the birds that can be used during particular launches. They also had fun with the special fourth-level mission cards that allow for freestyle building for more creative play. They enjoyed experimenting with the distances from which they could shoot the birds toward castles. With so many possibilities for hands-on play, this game will keep you and your family and friends occupied for hours!
What's in the Box
3 Angry Birds, 4 pigs, 1 bonus points star, 1 bonus points egg, 1 bird launcher, 14 building blocks, 40 mission cards, 16 points cards, and instructions.
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First, the good stuff:
PROS: The rules are simple, easy to explain to younger children, and you don't have to know how to read to figure things out, so that's also great for little ones.
The birds, pigs, catapult, and the structure pieces all seem pretty sturdy. Plus my five year old likes to just play with the game pieces as action figures. We only got this game because he wanted some plastic Angry Birds to play with and this was the only thing we found that fit the bill.
The game builds coordination and (hopefully) a little patience in the best case scenario. But that leads me to the cons...
CONS: This is more a downfall for folks like me who can't stand tedious projects :) but I get a little frustrated trying to build the structures shown on the level cards sometimes. They are supposed to be grouped according to difficulty, but some of the Level 1( ie: allegedly easier) structures are just as difficult as the Level 2 and 3 ones. There are some I think might be impossible to build at all based on the law of gravity, although my husband disagrees and says with enough balance they're all possible.
I'm kind of a fumble-prone mom and I spent more time knocking down half-built structures with my clumsy hands than with birds at first. If you have a child who doesn't have much tolerance for slow, meticulous projects then he/she might be annoyed trying to build the structures.
As far as the actual shooting the birds part of the game, that takes some getting used to and is actually a lot harder than on the Iphone app. in my opinion. That said, it is doable. My five year old and eight year old are fans of the game and have already played with it a lot. One tip: make sure you keep up with all the pieces because losing even one or two of the logs or blocks will seriously hamper your ability to complete the structures on the cards.
Looking at the game, I figured that the kids that played it with me would be bored in five minutes. Not the case! Two weeks later, they are still clambering to play it!
Players draw cards and take turns setting up structures of varying complexity and stability that the other player must shoot at using a slingshot shaped catapult, armed with plastic birds.
All the components are recognizable from the micro-game.
One of the big surprises is how quickly the kids determined which structures would be hard to hit, unstable, etc. They have adapted their shooting strategies accordingly. It actually ends up being quite the useful toy to teach the kids about shapes, building structures, paths of projectiles (the birds are slow moving enough that the kids can see the paths the pieces take), etc.
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* Complexity: For the Age category, 5+, the complexity is perfect. It is a bit of a challenge for the five and six year olds to build the structures on the cards, but with just a small amount of help from parents, the kids can do very well. The rules are both obvious and well described on one, two-sided quarter sheet of paper.
* Balanced: The game is completely balanced. Any side is equally likely to win. The older children have a bit of an advantage since they generally have more developed hand and eye coordination.
* Chance: The game has the appropriate level of chance. Each turn, the players pick cards to see the points available and the structures that they have to build.
* Clarity: Once the adults explained, you get all the points on the card if you knock down all of the pigs, and you get an extra 100 points if you knock down the eggs or the star, the rules were entirely obvious to all.
* Reasonable Time: you choose how long to play for. There is no set time. A game could be a simple as one turn with each side building a castle and then trying to break down the other side's caste.
* Social: The funny plastic characters, the theme of the game, and the neat catapult mechanic will have your kids chatting as they play. You could also play this on teams.
* Unique/interesting Mechanic: The catapult that shoots plastic birds. The adaption of Angry Birds, and the stacking opportunities are all unique aspects to the game. Nicely done!
* Inform: It does teach kids about stacking, structures, and projectile flights. It is surprisingly educational.
* Rewards Throughout: Each time you shoot you have a chance to knock down a bird and gain points. An excellent mechanic.
I highly recommend adding this game to your family bookshelf.
Granted, the catapult isn't as fluid as the app version; at times the birds would veer off-course, but it's still loads of fun. My nephew created his own towers without looking at the cards. He enjoyed putting up the blocks even though it took a bit of time. In my opinion, this game spurred his creativity. He uses the minature angry birds as his own little action figures.
At times, I caught him creating his own little storyline on how the green, evil piggies stole the eggs. His only gripe was that he wished the game came with the white, blue, and green angry birds. I'm slightly disappointed Mattel didn't include all the birds. All in all, this is a fun game. Since receiving it today, he's been playing it for two hours straight. If your child loves the app, then s/he will surely enjoy this game.