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Over the years, we’ve seen quite a number of applications that are aimed at following after the success of more downloaded, more successful titles. Often times, these copies are near-blatant rip-offs, providing us with a photocopied experience of a well-known item. Occasionally, these copies are actual improvements on the original, more of an homage than a steal. Sadly, today’s review of Mad Chickens, from Khizer Husain, will lean much closer to the former. Despite all of its phenomenal presentation and attention to detail, the app is still an almost exact replica of Angry Birds, a fact we just can’t quite shake. If you’re looking for our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
To explain what we mean, let’s look at the core game mechanic contained within Mad Chickens: You will be cracking apart structures (or puzzles, we suppose) in order to send a bunch of pissed off avians tumbling downward to their demise. You’ll also need to crack open eggs and other items that are encased in each puzzle, too. Sound familiar?
With one notable exception, the gameplay you’ll get here is nearly identical to that of Angry Birds. The single difference is that, instead of lobbing objects at the puzzles to snap them open, you’ll instead be tapping with your fingers to break the layers apart. It’s a difference, to be sure, but it’s actually not one we favor. The fun in Angry Birds comes from haphazardly lobbing your missiles into the same stupid spot over and over—unsuccessfully, that is. It’s the gravity that gets us. Here, though, we found the experience (which is, as mentioned, a more-or-less replica) so much more unfulfilling. We don’t want this much control, especially not with this framework.
Graphics and Design
That being said, we do have to hand it to the developers: The game has been very well laid out, and is every bit as good looking as the app it is attempting to emulate. The cartoon graphics are derivative but good, while the touch controls are very precise—as mentioned, we aren’t fans of this. However, the app does fall short in terms of variety. You’ll find yourself missing the sheer number of birds, as well as obstacles to overcome. Angry Birds has years on Mad Chickens, which is only just getting started. And it shows.
Despite all our complaining, though, Mad Chickens is worthy of at least one point of praise: The app is free with 30 levels, which is certainly a lot more than Angry Birds gives you. Mad Chickens is a great application for those who simply cannot get enough of the original avian-tossing concept. However, if you’re looking to spend money on an app with this kind of concept, we can’t exactly recommend Mad Chickens as our first choice.
Mad Chicken requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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