In the greater scope of the gaming world, Angry Birds is looked at– sometimes disdainfully– as being a very “casual” experience. Despite its inviting title, however, Angry Birds Friends is anything but casual; only the best need apply here.
At its core, the game is your basic Angry Birds formula: Use a slingshot to launch an army of avian ammunition towards a plethora of pudgy pickle-colored pigs to wipe them off the face of the map. Succeed, and move on to the next round.
Achieving success, though, is another matter entirely. This game pulls no punches, as from the outset you are faced with some very challenging puzzles to overcome in order to accomplish your goal. To this end, you are granted a limited stock of tools to help make things a little easier for you, but only a little. Using the reinforced steel slingshot adds more tension, allowing you to make more straight shots, while the scope will reveal to you the trajectory your bird will take when released at any given time.
The reason for the boost in challenge is pretty clear: This game is all about competition and bragging rights. New levels are to be released for weekly tournaments, complete with daily rewards and bronze, silver, and gold trophies for the best-in-class. If you’re just looking to fool around with furious fowl, then you’ll likely want to look instead at one of Rovio’s other Angry offerings.
Aside from a steep difficulty curve which could be off-putting to newcomers (seriously, these levels are comparable to later levels in the other games), the biggest drawback to the game is that you need to have a Facebook account to play. Rather than having its own infrastructure for ranking, communication, etc., it seems that the developers are content to have Facebook do all of that for them. Which is fine… so long as a) you actually have Facebook, and b) you don’t mind linking your games to it.
To sum up: This is the Angry Birds game you want to play if you’ve beaten all the rest and want to prove your skills as the best to all your friends. If that doesn’t interest you, then there is probably little else here that will.