Released: 2009
Developed by: Rovio Entertainment
Players: 1


“Our craft is dying while people are playing Angry Birds and poking each other on Facebook. What is poking anyway? Why won’t anybody do it to me? I’m cool.”
“So it’s really that bad out there. I mean, you’re Aaron Sorkin. Speaking of Angry Birds, do you know how to beat 11-4? It’s just a red guy and a green guy.”
“The key is do not use the green guy as a boomerang.”
— Aaron Sorkin and Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), 30 Rock, “Plan B” (S05E18)

For those that have been living under a rock, in a closet, or buried in a bomb shelter like in a bad Brendan Fraser movie, the premise is this. You are a bird. Evil pigs stole your eggs, and then decided to sit around, surrounded by stuff. You use a giant slingshot to fling yourself bodily at the stuff to hit the pigs and rescue your eggs. Simple.

Why It’s Must-Play: It’s not possible to ignore the mobile platform when it comes to games development anymore, and considering the worldwide phenomenon that followed this game’s release, it is surely essential that you try out this addictive, frustrating, impossible-to-put-down piece of time wasting genius at least once. 

Platforms: Initially designed for iOS and Android, the game is now available for consoles, PCs and Macs and is pretty much accessible by every consumer on the face of the planet.

Sequels and Spinoffs: Angry Birds Seasons (2010), Angry Birds Rio (2011), Angry Birds Space (2012), Bad Piggies (2012), Angry Birds Star Wars (2012), Angry Birds Star Wars II (2013), Angry Birds Go! (2013), Angry Birds 2 (2015)

In Other Media: A tepidly received 2016 feature film unimaginatively titled The Angry Birds Movie.

Notable Merchandise: Toys, three board games, candy, soda, home decor, Lego and so many phone cases.

Total Estimated Sales: Over 2.5 billion total downloads.

Did You Know? Angry Birds Land opened in April, 2012 at the Särkänniemi adventure park in Finland.

About the author


Jason Murdoch is an occasional contributor to Geek Speak Magazine, ninja, wargamer, lover of breakfast, co-creator of the Unfauxcast Malifaux podcast, master of his own underwear.