Angry Birds Friends is a social version of the popular pig-splatting game, in which you can challenge your Facebook friends to see who is the best.
What is Angry Birds Friends all about?
The basic premise of Angry Birds Friends is much the same as any other Angry Birds game and you should know the form by now - shoot birds with a catapult to bash down the pigs' constructions and wipe them all out.
Just like the Facebook-only version of Angry Birds Friends, the game includes some special power-ups that help you in your quest, such as laser-sighted catapults, turbo-charged birds and the ability to make piggies tremble so they fall over.
Though the gameplay is the same as Angry Birds, the format of Angry Birds Friends is very different. Instead of making you play through a series of levels until you finish the game, the levels in Angry Birds Friends are updated with new ones every week. When you play a level you're not only trying to destroy all the piggies, but you're also trying to beat the best score for that level of all of your Facebook friends who have played that level.
Besides competing with your pals for gold, silver and bronze trophies for each level on a weekly basis, Angry Birds Friends features daily challenges where you can scoop rewards.
Is it easy to play?
Angry Birds Friends is just as easy to pick up and start playing as any other title in the series. There are five tutorial levels (which must be completed) at the start, which walk you through the basics but the only thing different to you might be the power-ups - unless you've played the Facebook version of Angry Birds Friends before. These appear as icons along the top and can be activated simply by tapping them.
The online element of Angry Birds Friends is clear to understand. Once you've signed into your Facebook account and agreed to link it with Angry Birds Friends, all of your friends who are competing are shown in a leaderboard on the right of the screen, allowing you to see how many points they attained on the current level and where you relate.
You can invite friends to join in with Angry Birds Friends and even send them gifts through the app. If you already play Angry Birds Friends on Facebook, your scores using the mobile app will be synced across to Facebook.
How does it look?
As you'd expect from a Rovio game, Angry Birds Friends is very slick and well presented. The cartoony graphics are as cute and wacky as ever, and the classic soundtrack has been included (whether this is a good thing or not is down to your personal preference!)
The Tournament Resultspage is also well designed and makes for a bright and colorful way to view your performance against others.
The nature of going head-to-head with your buddies on Facebook makes Angry Birds Friends an absorbing challenge that you'll have tons of fun with. Just don't expect anything new in terms of the gameplay itself.
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The most recent update to Angry Birds Friends now allows you to play the game without being logged into Facebook. So non-Facebook users can now play the game fully, and earn bird coins, too!