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Sponsored Game Review: Bad Bad Birds

July 29, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Bad Bad Birds is an Android game that takes classic tower defense gameplay and mixes it with the color matching jewel gameplay of games like bejeweled. Set in Rio Grande, Bad Bad Birds tells the story of a jewel that turned birds evil, causing them to attack peaceful birds that just go about their business high up in the trees. With colorful graphics that should appeal to everyone, Bad Bad Birds mixes a little tower defense, a little Angry Birds and adds some puzzle gameplay to the mix to create a fun Android title that casual gamers of all ages should be able to find enjoyable. Let’s take a closer look at Bad Bad Birds shall we.

How it Works: First off, you’ll need to download Bad Bad Birds from the Play Store before you can get started. After the small download is complete you’ll be given a sort of introduction into the game.

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Once you’ve gone through the intro, Bad Bad Birds will go over the simple gameplay, which is easy to pickup fairly quickly.

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Matching different colors together will deal more damage to the same color birds, and obviously the more gems you match the more damage you will deal.

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When you defeat birds that come attacking, you’ll be given gold to collect by touching it. It’s this gold that will help you buy more powerups and such, which you can add into the mix of gems by touching the blocks above.

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There’s a lot of levels to play through in Bad Bad Birds, with each of them getting steadily more and more difficult.

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A nice touch is that sometimes levels will have specific requirements needed for you to complete them. Like this one.

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Opinion: At its heart, Bad Bad Birds is a fun, cartoon style game that will primarily appeal to younger and casual gamers, however the game is designed for all ages and it is nice to see a positive game that doesn’t focus on violence or anything. The mix of match 3 puzzle gameplay and tower defense gameplay comes together to create a really fun game. If you like puzzle games, this adds an extra element to things and if you enjoy the rhythm and pace of a tower defense title, then you’ll also get a good kick out of Bad Bad Birds. It’s an interesting game to pickup and play, as each level often asks something different of you than the level before it. A compelling puzzler that has a nice pace to it, Bad Bad Birds is worth taking a look at if you’re a puzzle game fan or tower defense player.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Both the pacing and the overall performance of the game are fairly good here with no problems in sight.
  • Features (4/5) – Bad Bad Birds takes elements from a lot of different games and puts them together to great effect, with genuinely challenging levels here and there.
  • Theme (4/5) – The overall look and feel will appeal more to a younger or more casual audience, but that’s not necessarily a problem here as Bad Bad Birds has some complex gameplay to master and there’s nothing wrong with a positive color scheme being used in a game.
  • Overall (4/5) – A nice mix of different gameplay styles, Bad Bad Birds is one of those games that brings different styles together to create something new, and the end result is good fun.

Pros

  • Easy to pickup, but difficult to master with different challenges from level-to-level.
  • Lots of levels on offer, with a feeling of progressing through an adventure as you play.
  • No need to spend lots of time learn finnicky controls or anything like that.
  • Good game for younger players as well as those big kids out there.

Cons

  • Cartoony graphics might put some older players off.
  • Would be good to see the game take better use off tablet displays.

Conclusion: With a mix of tower defense, match 3 and more, Bad Bad Birds is one of those games that’s just a lot of fun to play. The cartoon graphics will certainly appeal to younger players, but the game is a lot of fun for all ages. Bad Bad Bird’s rhythm and pacing here work well with the fun match 3 puzzle style of gameplay and there are a lot of levels to play through as well.

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