Playing Angry Birds for the First Time, I killed more Birds than the Pigs

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Today was my first day to play Angry Birds. Yes, as popular as it is, I have kept a way from playing the Angry Birds. The funny part is I have downloaded the app every time I get a new phone but never tried to play it. But I have followed every step and  every news about  Angry Birds. Well, since the game was introduced to Facebook just before the Valentines Day this year, I have been tempted everyday to check it out.

So today I did.  Unfortunately on my first day of playing, I killed more of the disgruntled birds than the targeted  pigs and pig stations. Poor birds. So if you green on this like me , let me give you a little bit of the background I picked from Wikipedia. Angry Birds is a puzzle video game developed by Finnish computer game developer Rovio Mobile..Inspired primarily by a sketch of stylized wingless birds, the game was first released for Apple’s iOS in December 2009. Since that time, over 12 million copies of the game have been purchased from Apple’s App Store, which has prompted the company to design versions for other touchscreen-based smartphones, such as those using the Android operating system

In the game, players use a slingshot to launch birds at pigs stationed on or within various structures, with the intent of destroying all the pigs on the playfield. As players advance through the game, new birds appear, some with special abilities that can be activated by the player.

When I started playing I did not realize that the game needs deep analytical thinking to deal with ugly pigs within the structure. That is why the birds might be regretting having me as a player. But once I started  analyzing  the obstacles, I became good at destroying the pigs and I went to Level Six.. Ok for now, I am stuck there but it can’t be worst than that on the first day.

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I must say that this time round I was on the mood, a apart from the Angry Birds, I tried Partypoker but I am coming back to that later.  I like the fact that Facebook Angry Birds App adds social components to the game. The social aspect allows players to compete with their Facebook friends for gold, silver, and bronze crowns in any level. At every level you can see scores of your friends on the same level and there is a button to invite others. I realized that you tell or  brag about your scores to your friends on Facebook.

I will try not to get addicted, now that I had downloaded it on the Samsung Galaxy Note. If you have seen the phone, you know it is perfect for such things. By the way,  it is said that  the  mobile version of Angry Birds has garnered more than 700 million downloads to date, making it one of the most popular games in history. According to Mashable

Thanks to the success of Angry Birds, game maker Rovio emerged as a gaming powerhouse, and it’s looking to go public as soon as 2012. Right now, the company is worth more than $1 billion, according to CMO Peter Vesterbacka.

That success has made me thinking about how  Kenyan Developers can make  it big on gaming. Back in 2010, online and mobile games generated about a third of all games software revenues globally. It is estimated that in five years’ time from then they will generate 50 percent of all games software revenue. That is around a fifth more revenue than pure console games.

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Back to Angry Birds before a sign off.. Being a fan of Fantasy Football, I liked the idea of  having online gaming  tournaments on the site.


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