Updated: Angry Birds Seasons Review

Out with the old, and in with the new. October’s gone, but Christmas is right around the corner. Developer Rovio acknowledges this by changing the name of the Angry Birds Halloween to Angry Birds Seasons and adding a new pack of 25 wintry levels to the game. But there’s a catch…

When you open the app now, you can choose to play the Halloween levels or the new Christmas-themed ones. Tap the Christmas button, and you’re brought to an advent calendar with 25 level slots, one for each day in December through Christmas. The catch is that you can’t play through them all immediately. Instead, one new level will be unlocked every day until Santa comes. Note that you do need a Wi-Fi connection to get the new levels.

This is a really cute idea, and a great way to keep you coming back to the game day after day. So far the levels have been fairly tricky, but since you have all day to work on them, you can take your time. Best of all, you don’t need to have beaten the previous levels to play the new ones.

This update brings enough to the game that we can now safely consider it a Must Have. If you like Angry Birds (and who doesn’t?) you’ll be pleased with Angry Birds Seasons.

The dastardly pigs are back, this time sporting leprechaun hats and the luck o’ the Irish. This latest Angry Birds Seasons update adds 15 St. Patrick’s Day levels that are full of four-leaf clovers, pots of gold, and Irish tunes, making it clearer than ever that if you don’t have Angry Birds Seasons, you’re getting left behind.

If you’ve played any iteration of Angry Birds before, then you know what to expect from the new levels. We can’t exactly fault Rovio for not updating the gameplay. The world has spoken, and Angry Birds is a winner. They new levels are a little on the difficult side, but if you get stumped you can already find Youtube videos of someone getting 3 stars on each one. Just remember, yellow birds break wood, blue birds break ice, and black birds break rock. Now go have fun.

Unless you’re an alien who just crash landed on the planet, you’re probably familiar with Angry Birds, a game that has nested atop the App Store sales charts for many months now. And if you love Angry Birds as much as you love dressing in costumes and eating candy, then you’re in luck, because developer Rovio has released a Halloween edition of the game.

The gameplay hasn’t changed a bit: You slingshot birds into structures occupied by egg-stealing pigs. The goal is to exploit the physics of demolition to eliminate all the pigs before you run out of birds. To make this a little easier, you’re given various types of birds with different abilities. One type drops eggs like bombs, one barrels forward with increased speed when you tap the screen, and another ups the destruction quotient by exploding.

Angry Birds Halloween is nothing more than a content pack with a spooky skin, so no new gameplay mechanics have been introduced. That said, if you enjoyed the original game, then you’ll get the same kick out of the 45 new levels that appear here. Be warned, though, that the levels become tough very quickly. Angry Birds Halloween is clearly designed for people who have mastered the original game.

This building’s not up to code.

One baffling thing about Angry Birds Halloween is that only one level is unlocked at a time. Because the game is so difficult, you’ll find occasions when you’ll wish you could skip a level and come back to it later. But because this isn’t possible, we bet some people will give up fairly early on.

While we certainly like the change of scenery that the pumpkins and creepy silhouetted trees bring to Angry Birds, we wonder why this wasn’t released as an in-app purchase for the original game. We’d gladly pay a buck for the content, but since it doesn’t bring anything new to the table other than new graphics and levels, we’d rather not have two Angry Birds icons taking space on our devices.

If you liked Angry Birds and want more of the same, be sure to pick up the Halloween edition. If you’ve never played Angry Birds, you should start with the original game, because it eases you in to the difficult content much more slowly. Regardless, Angry Birds Halloween is a treat.

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