The Angry Birds: Knock On Wood Game is a real-life version based on the 2009 global phone app phenomenon that hooked everyone in with its addictive comedy action. Now you can have a go at building castles and then launching Angry Birds at them to destroy them and have your revenge against the egg-stealing pigs!
Who knew back in 2009 that a phone app game featuring an absurd bunch of comic Angry Birds taking their revenge on pigs who had stolen their eggs would be such a huge hit? Well since its launch over 12 million copies of the game have been purchased from Apple’s app store, and a myriad of Angry Birds merchandise has hit high street stores across the globe. The Angry Birds board game “Angry Birds: Knock on Wood” is one of the more inspired of these products, essentially allowing players to re-create the electronic game in real life.
The basic game is as follows: you are provided with 3 Angry Birds, 4 pigs, 1 bonus points star, 1 bonus points egg, 1 bird launcher, 14 building blocks and various playing cards. Each card has a different point value and level (there are four levels in all) and depicts a castle structure. Each player takes it in turn to build the castle on the card and then use the bird launcher to destroy it with the number of birds specified on the card – destroy the castle successfully and you get the points and move to the next level of castle difficulty!
As you can imagine, anything that involves building stuff and then destroying it is going to be popular! Yes, the Angry Birds board game takes a bit of patience and coordination when you’re building the structures (no bad thing in my book) and yes, you may have to spend time relocating the bits after they’ve been scattered all over your living room, but anything that gets kids away from their screens and interacting with each other with a more traditional style game has got to be good! I also really love the fact that when you get to the fourth level, there are special cards that allow you to build your own freestyle castle structure: it’s a great way to engage creative thinking. It’s also one of those all round games that the whole family can enjoy, as it can be easily mastered by five-year-olds and fifty-year-olds alike!
Another bonus that I can see is that it’s the kind of Christmas game or toy that doesn’t necessarily have to be played in game mode: it can actually be played with by just one person – there’s hours of entertainment to be had simply building castles and busting them up or playing make believe with the bird and pig characters! So, the Angry Birds board game is two games in one – what’s not to like!?
The Angry Birds Knock on Wood board game is one of Tommy’s top 20 Christmas toys for 2011.