Saturday, December 14, 2013

Angry Birds Go, is here

Angry Birds Go!, Finnish developer Rovio's new kart racing game, is now available as a free download on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 platforms.

First teased in June, the game features all the characters from the original Angry Birds games, this time racing their way through the Piggy Island in 3D through speedways, canyons, stunt roads and air courses in soapbox carts.
The gameplay is extremely simple with the ability to control the kart with tilt or touch after releasing the kart with the help of the catapult, in true Angry Birds tradition.

The game offers over 50 soapbox karts to choose from, and players can upgrade them by collecting bird coins or making in-app purchases. Talking of in-app purchases, the game has been criticized for going overboard on these, as things like power-ups, kart upgrades and even reenergizing costs virtual or real money. Players would need to either collect and earn virtual currency or pay for it in real one if they wish to progress in the game.

Rovio usually releases paid games with free versions that feature limited levels and functionality, however, this is the first time that it has released a free game on all platforms, monetizing heavily through in-app purchases.

Angry Birds Go! also features an element of augmented reality, offering players the ability to transport Hasbro's TELEPODS live figures to the game by scanning them through the device's camera.

The game is similar to kart racers like Super Mario Kart and Crash Nitro Kart.

Rovio says that it will be bringing in new content and gameplay improvements with future updates and will also add local and online multiplayer capability in the spring of 2014.

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