The birds are angry. Let’s get this straight first. I mean, wouldn’t you be more than a bit annoyed if a group of nasty green pigs had been stealing YOUR eggs? But December is a time of year when many people around the world are celebrating holidays based on kindness , generosity and giving. Where does the most popular HTML5 game of our time fit into that paradigm? And what the heck is the Mighty Eagle anyway?
To answer the second question, it certainly isn’t NFL head coach Andy Reid!
But to return to the Angry Birds and whether they will still be mad during this festive time of year, you only need to check out Angry Birds Seasons, the holiday-themed edition of the insanely popular franchise.
In this version of the HTML5 game, available to play on the Chrome browser or to download for iPad, Mac, Android (News - Alert) and iPhone platforms, the halls of the Angry Birds universe are decked (and soon to be wrecked) in holiday images, from snowy backdrops to ornaments, from elf hats to reindeer antlers.
With the tagline “Help Angry Birds Save the Season,” the holiday version also boasts the Mighty Eagle feature. If you’ve ever played the game and been stymied by those meddlesome pigs (or a fundamental lack of understanding of physics – just how hard SHOULD I pull back on that slingshot?!), the Mighty Eagle acts as a sort of deus ex Aquila to allow you to bypass any level.
For a one-time fee of 99 cents, you can purchase the services of the Mighty Eagle and you can use it once per hour to skip the toughest obstacles or fill up your destruction gauge for extra points.
Perhaps the best news here is that this holiday edition of Angry Birds is absolutely real, unlike the fake version of the game downloaded by many angrier-than-the-birds customers over Thanksgiving weekend.
Too bad those Birds fans didn’t have a Mighty Eagle to take out their wrath on the scammers. It would have been worth the 99 cents!
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Rich Steeves is a TMCnet copy editor. He taught writing for nine years. He has also worked as an editorial assistant at Penny Publications. He has written short stories, newspaper columns, blogs and recently published his first novel. He attended The George Washington University where he received his bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in education. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Jennifer Russell