So, friends and followers, you may ask what I’ve been up to since the A to Z challenge and Camp Nanowrimo wrapped up this year.
The plan was to dive into critiques for the TNEO workshop and short story revisions.
Instead, I’ve been spending a lot of time gaming on my iPhone. 😉
Back in March, I downloaded Angry Birds Epic. It’s currently in an iOS soft launch for the Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand App Stores only, so you might not be able to get it on your own mobile device until the wider release later this year.
But I’ve been having a lot of fun with it, and losing a lot of time to it. Instead of the usual Angry Birds slingshot game format, this is a turn-based adventure game. You start as the Red bird, a level 1 warrior, in the bird’s nest on South Beach, as the pigs have carried off all his friends and their eggs. Gradually you explore the map, which is full of locations where you can fight pigs – generally referred to as ‘dungeons’ even though they’re not underground.
During the first fights, you have only a few choices each turn – attack a pig, (by dragging your finger from Red to the pig you want to attack,) or defend (by tapping on Red.) Each pig gets their own chance every turn, either to attack you or maybe use a special power.
During the fight, a chili icon at the bottom of the screen gradually fills up with red light until it’s full to bursting, letting out steam. Then you can use the chili with Red during his turn, unleashing a super-power attack on the toughest pig left standing.
As you proceed through the map, you can rescue the other birds, who join the group with their own special skills; Chuck the yellow bird is a sorcerer, Matilda the white bird a cleric, Bomb the black bird a pirate, the three inseperable Blue birds are thieves. Once you have more than three birds in the party, you have to pick which three go into any particular fight.
There’s a lot more going on in the game; tracking resources, weapons and other gear, treasure, wave battles and so on, but I think this gives you an idea of why it’s kinduv compelling. Hopefully while the phone is charging, I can actually get some real work done this afternoon!
Interesting post in light of a news report yesterday telling parents not to let their children play Angry Birds because of some deleterious side effects. I’m glad you are at an emancipated age 😉
Very interesting report! I think it’s interesting that they categorized Angry Birds as ‘non-educational’ and scored kids who had been playing it on verbal tests. Personally, I think for most of the games, they have some educational values, but on non-verbal subjects. They illustrate lots of logical and geometrical principles very well.
Angry Birds Epic is more word-based than some (mostly reading descriptions of the various pigs and items,) but also has a stronger arithmetic component. I’m strong on doing arithmetic in my head, but was actually pulling up a calculator to check my numbers on ‘that pig has 132 health left, Black bird has a 3*38 core attack and a 15% attack boost from blue, can he knock out the pig in one turn?’ 🙂