Birds, You Can Do Better

It has the hallmarks of an ancient Egyptian site – a sphinx, pyramids, ankhs, hieroglyphics, sacred gods atop head adornments, gold face masks, balloons…

Balloons?

Balloons

Oh.  Apparently it’s not an ancient Egyptian site.

Instead, it’s a recent offering from Angry Birds’ entitled Powerslave Tournament.

I’ll talk about that title in a bit.

In case you’ve been living in a cave, Angry Birds is an immensely popular video gameangrybirds on phone franchise.  Angry Birds was created by Finnish company Rovio Entertainment in 2009, and that’s a long time for any video game to survive.

The Birds shows no sign of getting less angry.

The series focuses on multi-colored birds vs. green-colored pigs, their enemies.  I got hooked in 2015 and I’m not embarrassed to admit it.

The reason I’m hooked is because it’s fun, and involves some strategizing, hand-eye coordination, geometry, a touch of physics, and blowing things up.  You can get rewarded with online versions of gold stars, a gold crown, and if you win the tournament, a gold trophy:

Gold Crown.jpg

Hey – I never said it was brain surgery.  It’s just satisfying entertainment.  Winning is fun, and nobody dies.

The Rovio team shows a lot of creativity in their themes, sound effects and graphics.  It’s the graphics I started out with, so let’s go back to that.

I hadn’t seen the ancient Egyptians graphics theme before, and it, too, is clever.  Evil pigs disappear and return and wrapped as mummies.  The star-lit sky is streaked with lightning.  The sphinx – which has bird face, rather than a human – makes ominous noises:

Lightning.jpg

So I’m having fun with the game, but I really have to question Rovio’s choice of title:

Powerslave

Powerslave?

I think this goes way beyond poor taste and right into the realm of truly, politically incorrect.

C’mon, Angry Birds team.

Cause now, I’m getting angry.

what were they cropped

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