Few games have seen the quick rise to domination that Angry Birds has. Apparently, getting the chance to use a slingshot to hurl our fine feathered friends at odd-colored swine was a worldwide cultural itch that was just aching to be scratched. It's hard to pinpoint just what it is about the game that causes young players to swipe obsessively until every three-star rating has been achieved, or why it has grabbed the attention of those usually old enough to be found in a Bingo hall in much the same way. And it probably makes your dear old granny curse just as much, if not more, as when the old-bitty next to fills out her Bingo card first.
Trying to figure out what exactly was put into the magic formula that now makes Rovio worth roughly a bazillion dollars is something worth exploring. Would it have been as enjoyable if it were Angry Marmosets? Would millions of people have still downloaded Angry Llamas? Who knows? The bigger mystery is why Gameloft hasn't ripped the idea off wholesale just yet since that seems to be what they do. It's a shock that we haven't seen them release Perturbed Parakeets, in which brightly colored birds use a t-shirt cannon to shoot other birds at various awaiting livestock.
If you're reading this, then it's quite likely that Angry Birds has made you an angry nerd at some point. If not, what are you waiting for?
Art by Zac Landry. Words by Stephanie MacDonald.