You’re hooked. You wanted to know what the “Angry Birds” buzz was all about, so you downloaded the game to your smartphone and now, like millions of others, you’re an all-out pig-slaughtering, slingshot-wielding addict. Maybe you already have your own strategies for beating the game, but if you’re like most newbies, a little expert advice might help you conquer more levels of the game as you wait at the airport or digest Christmas dinner over the holidays. To help put you on the path to cracking the catchiest game of the year, are sharing some secret tips and tricks.
Pay attention to the tracker
Don’t just pull that slingshot back and fire off those birds willy-nilly.As each bird flies through the air and (hopefully) lands on its target, the game traces its trajectory with a white dotted line. Use that line to your advantage. If you missed your target, place your next bird above or below that line, depending on how far you want the bird to travel.And, when you find a path that works, stick to it. Some levels require that you fire at the same place up to four or five times
Know your birds to win the game
Not all birds are created equal.
For the red birds introduced at the earlier levels, there’s not much more than meets the eye. But in later levels, the game offers up different birds that excel at different tasks. “There are a lot of ways to beat each level, but if you want to get three stars, you need to use the right kind of bird for the right kind of thing,” he said, adding that if you strategically use your birds, you have a better shot at earning the bonus points awarded for leftover birds at the end of the level. At the start of each level, look at the set-up your birds need to break in order to smash the pigs, and then use your birds accordingly.
If you need to break ice, this is your bird of choice. It doesn’t do so well with wood or stone, but it blows right through blocks of ice. It also splits into three pieces if you tap the screen after releasing the bird into flight.
The kind developers behind Angry Birds didn’t want to leave players totally without clues, so they matched the color of the birds to the items they are best at breaking. The yellow birds’ forte? The yellow-colored beams of wood. They also speed up when players tap the screen after firing them off.
White birds mean double trouble. Not only can they do damage when they drop their “egg bombs,” they can wreck even more when they bounce and ram into structures protecting the crafty green pigs.”A lot of people think you want to use the egg bomb,” he said. “But it’s really less about the bomb, it’s more about the bounce.”
The author’s favorite, the black bird looks like a bomb and acts like one too. After you release the bird, it explodes if you tap the screen while it’s in flight.
Simply killing all the birds will unlock the next level, but if you want to get the maximum three stars on each stage, you’ll need to aim for some high scores. The key to getting a high score in Angry Birds is a mixture of deadly efficiency (unused birds net you an automatic 10,000 points each) and unrelenting damage (smashed objects give off small, but quickly accumulated points). You’ll often need to use both strategies at once, though: simply using a very small number of birds might not get all three stars if you didn’t make much damage.
The iPhone packs a powerful processor that’s more than capable of pumping out a pretty convincing simulation of physics. That means that offsetting balance and attacking weak points is always a more effective strategy than blindly firing at the main reinforced walls. Plus, some materials are sturdier than others. It’s no use fruitlessly bashing away at a stone wall (especially because it takes about three direct hits to finally smash one) when you could focus on the easily destructible wooden platform that’s holding it up.
Pinch and zoom to see the entire battlefield on one screen, so you can quickly see how far away your catapult is from the pig’s base. Every bird leaves a trail of dust behind, meaning you can replicate (or slightly deviate from) previous throws without the tedious guesswork .You don’t always have to attack from left to right: if you aim the bird high enough you can attack from above. Perfect for levels with fortified walls, but exposed roofs. Wait until your previous bird disappears. If you hit your last bird’s dazed body, your attack will be significantly dampened.