About a month and a half ago, footage of the AR version of the hit mobile game Angry Birds was made available to the public, and finally, the game is now available to all. Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs is available on iOS exclusively at this time, but the company plans for the game to roll out on Android eventually. The entirety of the game relies on AR (menu, settings, world map, etc.), which makes it quite demanding on mobiles.
Devices compatible with the game require Apple ARKit’s technology, which includes the followings (Exclusively on iOS at the time being):
- iPhone XSiPhone ten s
- iPhone XS MaxiPhone ten s Max
- iPhone XRiPhone ten r
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad (5th and 6th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
Review of Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs
Unlike what we anticipated based on our review of the released footage from March (more details here), Angry Bids AR is quite entertaining and addictive!
The use of haptics with the slingshot and destruction of structures is certainly a great addition. It adds to the experience as players get to actually feel how hard they are stretching the slingshot, which adds onto the AR experience.
The game is very simply, knock out structures in order to defeat a handful of pigs placed with care around said structures. While the game cannot in any way be played without using the AR mode, it certainly comes with an interesting advantage: being able to walk around the structures in order to find the weakest point! The video below shows using a single point of launch can prove to be difficult, while walking around the structure will reveal some weaker points.
Another interesting aspect it the possibility to play the game holding the device either vertically or horizontally. With some structures, it might prove more efficient to use the common vertical stance, but in others, the horizontal stance will highlight a larger portion of the structure that might have been obstructed with the vertical stance, as shown in the image below.
Surprisingly enough, the AR requirements of the game are not too invasive; meaning that one can easily play from the couch without moving. Undoubtedly, using the AR mechanics to their fullest will facilitate your progression, but rest assured, you can play without pivoting around nothing (from a stranger’s perspective) and avoid any suspicion when in public.
Throughout your progression, you will unlock structures more difficult to take down than the last. Luckily, you will simultaneously unlock different types of birds aside from Red (Chuck, Bomb, Terence, etc.) and each has its own ability that will facilitate your progression.
As you progress, you will collect Feathers (up to three per level) based on your performance in each level. Feathers can then be used to unlock new part of the Isle of Pigs, hence unlocking new levels.
The downside? The game is quite demanding on your phone and battery life, simply as it requires AR to be active at all times in order to play. Furthermore, the game relies on the infamous ad system to grow revenues. Therefore, you will consistently be pushed ads or notifications suggesting that you watch an ad in order to use an extra Bird, collect an extra Feather, etc. This gets quickly tiring, but allows for a free to play experience.
There isn’t much else to say. The game is fun and addictive, but those ads become rapidly annoying. Nonetheless, people will most certainly enjoy the addition of AR in a game they played way too much a couple years ago.