App of the Week: Angry Birds Space
For a while now it seems that everyone’s been talking about Angry Birds. On the train, in the pub, at workplaces, schools and universities. Some people have even documented the phenomenom on t-shirts.
I was beginning to wonder just who these birds were and what had made them so angry. Should I be concerned?
I certainly hadn’t noticed anything different in the way the early morning chirpers outside my window conducted themselves.
Maybe people were only talking about specific kinds of birds, perhaps those not commonly found in your typical English garden.
When I heard that the birds had taken their annoyance into space I didn’t know whether to be relieved or intrigued but one thing was certain: It was time I investigated for myself.
My research led me to iTunes where for the very reasonable fee of 69p I was able to gain access to all the information necessary to get to the bottom of the issue.
The birds’ primary grievance, it quickly became apparent, is a concerted campaign of theft of eggs carried out by a gang of pigs described by one bird as “hungry, mutant, smug and green”.
A small, round, red bird with no discernible sign of wings, who did not wish to be named for fear of reprisals, said: “We’re just sick of these pigs coming in and taking our eggs. For some of us it’s our livelihoods they’re threatening but for others it’s our families. We had to take action.”
All of which made some level of sense. But after winning over the public as they fought against this injustice on earth, the battle has now, bizarrely, turned intergalactic.
A yellow, triangular shaped bird, for whom I was not able to find any near equivalent in my Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Guide to Birdwatching, told me: “Where the pigs go we go. We will go to the ends of the earth – and beyond – to get our eggs back.”
He added: “There are some fundamental differences to fighting pigs in space. For example, the many planets we have to negotiate each have their own gravitational field that affects our trajectory but we’re prepared. As you’d expect, many of the birds fighting in space have different skills, equipment and abilities to those that we’ve utilised previously. You could almost say they have superpowers.”
Right. But will the public respond to the space crusade in the same way as they have to earlier campaigns? It seems so. As of 26 March, just four days after the offensive was launched, over 10 million people had pledged their support for the birds’ latest endeavour.
Whilst the birds have attracted some criticism for charging extra for access to top secret elements of the campaign, with over 60 different scenarios for the initial subscription price all but the most dedicated ‘Birder’ should be happy with the return.
I, for one, am a convert. Now, where do I get my t-shirt?