Yes, I realize that I’m writing this in 2020, but that doesn’t stop Angry Birds 2 from being an incredible game that has aged really well. Seriously! This game is almost five years old and I would argue that it’s just as fun today as it was when I first played it. I was browsing through Google Play Games on my Pixel Slate and saw that I still had it installed. My four year old asked me for something to do, so we started it up. Here we are two hours later screaming victory over the pigs at the end of a boss level and I can say that I’m happy I introduced him to it. I can also say that I completely forgot about Angry Birds and you probably did too.
You see, we are inundated with thousands of games which enter the mobile marketplace every day. In fact, the Google Play Store had over 2.56 million apps alone as of the first quarter of 2020 and the Apple App Store had over 2.9 million. Although it’s hard to get exact numbers due to many variables, I’m willing to bet that a hefty percentage of those are games. It’s almost staggering to think about how many colorful characters and stories are put in front of our eyes each day.
Sometimes, though, it’s nice to return to classics. It’s infinitely satisfying to sling birds at structures and watch gravity and physics take over. The chaos that ensues is almost a game in and of itself. As many of us remain in quarantine, looking for new and exciting games to play, let’s not forget about the ones that started us off on our mobile gaming journey.
Angry Birds 2 is packed full of content too. Various birds with really cool abilities which alter gameplay, 90 interesting levels and mechanics taken from many of the Angry Birds games that came before it. Don’t forget that it has also taken a cue from Angry Birds Friends and allows you to connect your Facebook account to go head to head with you those you can’t meet in person right now. I think that any game that has social features in a time like such as this should be commended.
I honestly never thought to put this game in front of my son, but that’s simply because I’ve long since moved on to other experiences. The appeal of wacky anti gravity physics and pigs flying at the screen as birds explode had him cracking up as though he had just walked into a room full of kids his age and started playing. That’s something he hasn’t gotten at all for the past several months due to the pandemic. Sure, he calls a few people via Duo every now and again, but a kid’s gotta have fun too, right? I mean, the parks and rec centers are all closed and he’s not as used to isolation as we are. It’s easy to pass the time as adults, but let’s keep in mind that the appeal of the simple games we grew up with can provide hours of fun for our little ones. Heck, we may even rediscover our love for games like Angry Birds along the way. After all, this time is best spent doing things together and re-establishing some of those family values we lost so long ago, so sling on, my friends. Sling on.
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