Posts Tagged ‘angry birds’

We are an Angry Birds Mob!

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

As a followup to the other Angry Birds post… it’s now on the new Mac App Store (as in, the one for OS X users, not iOS). Naturally, it’s been looted and plopped on Dinah, so even ninjas can pop the greedy pigs, too. Only the Wii/DS and Xbox have yet to been invaded by killer birds, but I imagine that will happen soon enough.

I’m packing the PC, PSP minis and now the Mac versions in addition to the iPod Touch. Sadly, there is no way to sync your progress between versions, so put such a notion out of your mind right now.

PC version is a wee bit unstable at the moment, though its crashiness can be mitigated greatly if you update your video drivers if you’re behind. Also, yes you can force windowed version by playing with its config.lua file in the program directory.

PSP minis, despite the name, can also be played on the PS3 if you so wish. I’ve yet to do that, opting instead to play on my PSP-3000. It autosaves right before you get your score, which is slightly annoying but tolerable. I don’t know if you see the same autosave screen when run on the PS3.

Mac version handles almost exactly the same as the PC version, as far as the whole “click and drag to shoot” thing goes. That said, if you’re playing on a MacBook with the touchpad, it’s just like playing on the iOS. Maybe it’s me, but the Mac version looks the best of the three… I wonder if its originating from the iOS (which, after all, is a fun size version of OS X) has anything to do with it…?

Also with the arrival of the Mac App Store? A possible, albeit temporary replacement for Painter. Autodesk’s Sketchbook apps aren’t new– they’ve been on Windows for awhile, and also the iOS, but with the opening of the App Store they’ve rolled out a Mac version, and in two flavors. There’s the free Sketchbook Express, and, for now, the $30 Pro version. While I am loathe to use anything other than Painter for my art posts (ew, Photoshop), it would be nice to have something to tide Dinah over until Painter 12 hits. I’ll play around with the Express version for now and loot the Pro version if I think it’ll be a nice fit.

I’ve had the iPod Touch version, which is awkward because of its size. (Really, drawing apps for the iOS are much better suited for the iPad, you have more space to work with in there.) But to run Sketchbook on something laptop-sized might be a much better experience.

Birds, birds everywhere… also fire

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Man… this is freaking Angry Birds week. No iOS device or Android phone? No problem, anymore! If you have a PC (ideally a netbook, but it’ll work on anything running Windows XP or 7), you can loot Angry Birds for $5 through Intel’s AppUp store. It looks like you get the first four episodes off the bat– Episode 5 may either appear after clearing Episode 4 or could be patched in later. *shrug*
Despite what Intel says, you CAN force it into Windowed mode if you edit the config.lua file in the Angry Birds program directory– simply set the fullscreen setting to “false” and it will launch in a much more manageable window. You could even play with the resolution if you were so inclined.

If you have a PSP or a PS3, on the other hand, you’ll be able to loot Angry Birds later this week as it will be hitting the PSN store as a PSP minis. I don’t know how much that one will be going for, but PSP minis games are supposed to be less than $10.

I’m looting both, because… it’s Angry Birds. It’s kinda like how I own nearly every version of SimCity and Final Fantasy 4 (in the case of the latter, released in English). I imagine it’ll be drastically different experiences between the mobile, PC and console versions since you have to account for different trajectories when launching the birds….

Also? This is totally not helping to work on my ramen backlog. XD; I suppose I can get away with playing just a little…

OH… if you happened to catch yesterday’s NSFW, you might have seen this thing flashed during the opening. Yes, that would be my shenanigans and tomfoolery… done on EXTREMELY short order at the challenge of the chat room. It killed both hosts with lulz, and got me at least a dozen more Twitter followers, woo! (Episode reference @ BBPedia: [link])
Don’t worry too much if it doesn’t make any sense– at the very least, it is always funny to see other people done up like Beavis and Butthead.

You’ll be able to see the episode again tonight, as it’s being replayed at 7pm PST on TWiT Live. :D Now if you excuse me, I have some pigs to bomb.

WTF Birds

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

My iPod Touch is mostly for Twitter and some light browsing, but it’s a pretty potent little gamer, too. But I’m rather stingy about what I spend on at the App Store– if I have to pay, it’d better be something I’ll play more than once, even if it’s only a buck.

Enter Angry Birds.

Often plugged to high hell and given plenty of free advertising on TWiT, Angry Birds is pretty much as it looks– a bunch of pissed-off birds getting revenge on evil pigs who looted their eggs. You fling birds off a giant slingshot (new bird types are unlocked as you progress and yes, one of them is pretty much a Prinny/Bob-Omb). If you’ve ever played Yoshi Touch & Go, the concept is not THAT different– still pretty reliant on trajectories and a bit of back-yard physics.

All that for $1. Ya rly. There’s a Halloween-themed “expansion” out (it’s as much as an expansion as City of Villains was to City of Heroes, e.g. it’s NOT), which is also $1… and you get craploads of levels regardless of which version you pick.

If you’re not packing an iOS-based device (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad) or an Android-based phone, you aren’t entirely out of luck. There’s a PC version of some sort in the works; whether it’s flash-based or otherwise is unknown. I would totally love to play it on Yggdrasil and his sexy HDTV monitor.
It’s also in the pipeline for the Playstation Store (and thus usable on either the PS3 or PSP). I heard there may be a Wii/DS version– and really, it would be PERFECT for those– but nothing’s been officially announced on that side yet.

You know what would be fun, though? Rovio needs to license the Angry Birds format out and see what happens. I’d definitely like to see what NIS would do with it. “Angry Prinnies,” anyone? Take it a step further and replace the slingshot with Etna holding a Prinny-sized grenade launcher. >:D

Pizza Wednesday, as usual! Only firing for one because everyone else is out for the day, so party hard! Bwahahahaha.
I have a free pizza credit at Papa Johns since I’ve piled up enough points, but I prefer to save those for when I order for the house. Therefore, Pizza Hut gets my money today.