I never really understood the popularity of the Angry Birds franchise. For me, it is a casual game that reminds me of Flash games that I used to play on various gaming sites throughout the years. It is liked by many - including my nephew who cannot get enough of it - and Rovio Mobile, the company behind it, is releasing new editions of the game regularly to provide players with additional levels and minor cosmetic changes - mostly.
The company has released Angry Birds Friends today for Android and iOS. The big change introduced in the game is the play with friends mode that you can make use of to play with your Facebook friends and in tournaments. Facebook? Yes, you do need to link a Facebook account to the game to play all levels except for the tutorials which are free to try. The tutorials do not really teach you anything new if you have played a game of Angry Birds before, and the need to play through it before you can start playing the game with your friends is probably not the best idea. Still, the tutorial can be completed in a couple of minutes and should not be a problem for players who played an Angry Birds game before.
I could not really figure out how to link a Facebook account to the game. All I got when I clicked on the Play Tournament button was a message that I needed to connect a Facebook account to play the weekly tournaments and against friends, but there was no option to do so. Quite puzzling to say the least.
I could not really resolve the issue and can't test the entire game because of that. From the looks of it, it looks exactly like any other Angry Birds game but with social components added on top of it. Playing against friends can be a fun way to play the game. Your game progress is saved to your Facebook account automatically as well.
I was not able to open the Facebook page for Angry Birds Friends either, it just displayed a white page in Firefox and Google Chrome. Not sure what is going on here, maybe too much load?
Anyway, if you like Angry Birds and do not mind linking your Facebook account to the game, you may want to give it a try to see if you have better luck than I had trying it out. If you have an idea why the game is not working for me, let me know in the comments.
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