11
Dec
11

Rovio's newest game is about what the Finnish developer knows best – birds. Though, they seem decidedly less angry this time in their little downhill race carts. Like it or not, this game is going to be huge.

Angry Birds Go is Rovio's first major free-to-play game on Android, so expect to be hit up for cash on occasion (maybe a lot of it). This is a casual racing game built around a variety of quirky downhill tracks. The birds we know so well from the original games are here with hastily assembled vehicles and special powers that harken back to their physics puzzler roots.

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The graphics in Angry Birds Go seem solid from a quick inspection. It has a sort of 3D cel shaded thing going on. However, there is a legacy menu button... I don't even know what to say about that. There also seems to be no sign of Google Play Games, but there is Facebook and Twitter support.

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In addition to upgrading your regular carts in the game, there are Telepods to collect. You're probably familiar with the concept – they are physical toy figurines that you can beam into the game by scanning a tag with the camera. I suppose it's an out-of-app purchase. Anyway, the game is free to try right now.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • jpelgrom

    And the game ISN'T COMPATIBLE with the 2012 Nexus 7?!

    • LJ

      should tell indian Nexus 7 winner :>

    • Tom

      yep, i wanted to install but not compatible,... wtf?!

      • Chris

        Apparently Rovio are looking into the problem with the Nexus 7 2012.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. That's pretty sad.

      The 2012 N7 is more than capable of handling this easily. It looks like they just didn't add it to the compatibility list.

      • Fresh360

        Yeah must be an oversight, it loads and plays pretty well on the Gnex...

        • Simon Belmont

          It does! That's actually the device I threw it on, too, to try it out.

          It runs great on my G'Nex running stock Android 4.3. Good stuff!

        • Moosa Mahsoom

          I contacted rovio support. They said it is some error on the OS side.... Anyone have an idea about this?

    • Anthony Perry

      I found a workaround to get angry birds go onto a nexus 7 through the Amazon app store. See my youtube video for the tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQqX5YGiGvk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Aleksey_US

    The Verge review was right, this game is TERRIBLE! You need to wait 10 minutes in order for your energy to recharge so you can keep playing or spend $. This practice sucks. Wasted opportunity on Rovio's part.

    • David Hart

      It really sucks, the game actually looks fun.

      The Rovio team are good developers, they just have some pretty crazy practices.

    • NotPlayingThisCrap

      For some reason, it says I have a 24 minute wait to recharge one energy. Maybe they think I'm gullible?

      • mustbepbs

        Your name fits so well with your comment.

  • LJ

    no 4.4 full screen support, no thank you.

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php rarely online

    With $100 IAP I wouldn't be getting this unless it is a cracked version.

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    Wow, Angry Birds! Is it really 2010-11 again? :-|

  • http://www.facebook.com/danieltye88 Tungmeister

    I'm actually pretty impressed with this game, Yes you need to wait for birds to recharge but if you're not that desperate to play the actual gameplay is pretty good and the graphics are quite nice, It's much better than I was expecting!

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha. I love your line "if you're not that desperate to play the actual gameplay is pretty good."

      Sounds sort of oxymoron-ish, but I thought it was humorous. Cheers.

  • Sepp

    is there any apk mirror, N7 (2012) is not compatible??

    • EatinPonies

      That's EXACTLY what I was upset about. Crashes on my GS3 and it won't install to my Nexus7. This is the first decent game that I've seen that doesn't support the OG Nexus7!! Unreal... Here's to hoping that they update it with more compatibility!

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  • Dairox

    WTF? A car IAP 50 bucks? Really?

    • John Smith

      they want their christmas bonuses too. LOL.
      The maximum price of IAP's is always a good indicator to see how greedy the gaming company is.

  • VREV

    Because of some IAP cars (and a very recently released hacked version), this game should have a ranked multiplayer feature.

  • Intruder7s

    So, is there any multiplayer in there ?
    I can't find anything on the article.

  • Alex

    On my AT300 Tegra3, It just minimizes when I try to start it...

  • unadulteredrage

    game was quite decent, until you've met the the energy system/the unbelievable IAP cars ( 50$ rovio are you serious? )

    I just downloaded the mod version somewhere and enjoyed it instead

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      Did that too, that version however messed up the settings and the quality is just bad, looks 720p badly upscaled to 1080p

    • gargamel

      Your reaction is actually disgusting. You don't like it? Don't play it! But you decided to steal it. Shame on you.

  • Marcell Lévai

    I'm so sad :( This is such a missed opportunity. Imma go 'yarr-harr' on this one.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Legacy menu bar on my HTC One GPe... £37.70 IAP for a 'special edition'... what the fuck

  • Tatsuya

    Again with this globalized Dreamworks-Disney-Rayman western style...
    so tired of it.

  • uKER

    It won't install on my device. It doesn't appear when I search the store either, be it on my phone or the desktop web browser. What's weird is that if I enter the page directly, it allegedly lets me install it on my Nexus 4, but nothing happens on the phone.

  • Sean Lumly

    Gameplay aside, one of the things that this game does so very correctly is rendering resolution. On my 2.5K Nexus 10 screen (or 2K if you prefer), the game seems to be rendered at what seems to be 720p HD and scaled-up to fit the screen. This reduction of 4M pixels to 1M pixels results in very smooth frame rates and the gameplay still looks great. This is the best of both worlds: high resolutions screens and great game performance. I'm glad to see more developers embracing this concept as mobile displays are continually trending upwards.

    This joins the semi-recent Asphalt 8 and Real Racing 3 as games that take performance seriously and limit rendering resolution to a reasonable level. It would be ideal to have control over resolution, but this is a fine compromise.

    My only wish is that these titles turned hardware anti-aliasing on -- especially when rendering at lower resolutions. The Mali GPU in the Nexus 10 is capable of 4x MSAA (multi-sample anti-aliasing) which isn't perfect, but reduces the jagged "staircase" at polygon edges with a very low performance penalty. Royal Revolt turns anti-aliasing on, and the game looks amazing! (* it is running at native res, though)

    Still, it's nice that while our GPUs are quickly approaching the power of the consoles of yester-generation, they will not be hindered by ever increasing screen resolutions that would challenge a gaming desktop!

    • Eric

      its crisp as hell on my note 10.1.14. which is also 2.5k

      btw. you can enable msaa in the developer settings..

      • Sean Lumly

        Thanks! I actually forgot about that option! I am going to turn it on right now!

  • freedomss

    The cash cow goes "moo"!

  • AtiRage

    You're missing a "!" in the title.
    And why do you capitalize the title anyways??

  • merman1983

    Those birds don't look angry at all!

  • Michael

    I just want Diddy Kong racing!

  • Abhinav

    Not compatible with galaxy note

  • John Smith

    Mario Kart.

  • Lee GB

    Bought my autistic son a nexus 7 for Xmas and he's mad on angry birds , REALLY!!!!!! the go app dosnt work with a nexus 7 ???????? .
    i really hope they sort the compatiblity issue out before Xmas day arrives or I'm going to have a big problem....

  • Gopal Bhaire

    Rovio is here to make serious money :P

  • kyluvlee

    Not compatible with nook hd+ either... so dumb!

  • Wynter

    I had Angry Birds Go! on the Kurio. Then I reset the Kurio to factory
    setting and now it says Angry Birds Go! isnt compatible with the
    device. Is there anything I can do to get it back on the Kurio?