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Angry Birds Card Game
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Mattel Angry Birds Card Game - Mattel W3969.
Based on the on the best-selling phone app game, Angry Birds
From the makers of UNO
The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake
Be the first person to strategically topple the structure cards
Roll the right bird to knock out the pigs to win
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52 of 52 found the following review helpful:
Decent game for young kids - Mostly luck with an ounce of strategyNov 22, 2011
By Sapere Aude
My 6 year old son got this as an early Christmas present.
HOW IT WORKS:
The game as two sets of cards, the power cards and the structure cards. Each person draws 6 structure cards and chooses how to line them up in a stack and each person starts with two power cards. On your turn you roll the dice, you need to roll the bird on the structure card at the bottom of your stack to remove it (knock it out). The structure cards are either a bird or a pig. If its a bird you have to roll the color of the bird on one of the dice. If its a pig you have to roll two of the same color bird. The dice have 5 different colored birds and a wild side with all the birds on them. If you fail to knock out a structure you get to take a power card. The power cards let you either give the opponent one of your pig cards, make the opponent take a new structure card or force a re-roll (either for you or your opponent). When a person knocks out all their structure cards they then get a chance to try to knock down the cardboard standup pig by flicking the dice at it. The first person to knock the pig down wins.
Once you get through the slight complexities of the rules, the game is a fairly simple one. There isn't a lot of strategy, so my 6 year old was able to play with no problem. It's mostly lucky, with some strategy around when you play the power cards.
There isn't much here that is going to occupy an older child or adult. Also, knocking down the pig is fairly simple for someone older and more coordinated but much harder for a younger child, so this somewhat unbalances the game in the favor of the older children if you have very varied ages. One solution is to let the younger child put the pig closer.
Not the most innovative or captivating game I've played, but I was pleased to find it wasn't just angry birds slapped on an existing game. It is different and my son really seemed to like it. My son took extra special glee in forcing me to re-roll when I had rolled to knock out my last structure card. I would say this game is best for ages 5-10.
47 of 51 found the following review helpful:
Angry Birds - Easy to play!Aug 08, 2011
By Carolyn D. Bodin
I got this game because my grandkids (ages 10,9 & 7)enjoy Angry Birds on the cell phone. It is easy to play but I didn't think there was much to it. You place your cards in order, then throw the dice to remove the cards. Extra cards allow you to add more plays to your opponents. To win, you must flick one die at the pig to knock him over. Our first game was over so quickly that I was a little let down. But the kids LOVED it. They played over and over again.
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Fun for a game lover!Aug 24, 2011
By Matthew Gilliam
We play games in my family every Thursday night and recently since Angry Birds has become so popular I had to get this when I saw it on Amazon. We played it the night we received it in the mail and had a blast. The games tend to go really quick so it seems you are doing more setting up then actually playing. Overall, I would recommend this to any game enthusiasts who are just looking for something different and wanna have some laughs!
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
FUN Family Game - ESPECIALLY Great for Angry Bird Fans!!Dec 23, 2011
By Lance Gross
"Reviews by Lance"
I admit, I'm not a die-hard Angry Birds Fan. I suppose proof of that is that I didn't even know the Angry Birds Card Game existed until my son shouted at me, "Dad! Dad! I've gotta show you something!" We were in REI of all places and he pointed to this card game as said, "I want that, can we get it!!??" Being the shrewd internet shopper I am, my mind quickly ascertained that I could surely get it cheaper online. Even though it was less than $10, I was thrilled at the opportunity to save wherever possible (I actually found it for $2 cheaper online, shipped).
Since I Christmas was just a few weeks away (and I knew this would make a great stocking-stuffer) I told my son we'd have to hold off on getting it. We have started the family tradition of celebrating St. Nick's around December 6th, and so this was the gift we had included in my son's stocking. He was THRILLED to get it! In this day and age of expensive video games, I thought it was pretty cool to be able to find something for less than $10 that would create such excitement.
Of course the true test would be whether or not the game was actually any fun to play. At first glance, I was expecting this to be just like UNO, only with an Angry Bird Theme. But after reading the rules and playing a few times I was quite pleased that this isn't a clone of UNO and it does a good job of putting the Angry Bird elements into a card game.
The object of this card game is to discard all of your structure cards and be the first person to knock down the King Pig with a flick of the die!
The Set-up is Simple:
The first thing to do is to place the King Pig into the provided stand. You don't need him right away so you can just set him to the side for now. Then you can shuffle the Power Cards and deal 2 cards to each player. Next, shuffle the Structure Cards and deal 6 to each player. After shuffling both the Power and Structure cards you can place both piles face down into separate draw piles.
Here's were a bit of strategy comes into play (though it's still up to the roll of the die). Your job is to look at your 6 structure cards and place them in the order that you want to "know them out." You want to place them face up (so everyone will see), in a vertical column (this is called your "Castle"). The card at the bottom will be the one you'll try to know out first.
You can look at your special Power Cards but keep them face down (so you'll be the only one to see them).
How to Play:
If you're the youngest player, you get to go first! You begin your turn by rolling the dice. Your goal is to try and "knock out" each of your Structure Cards, one at a time, beginning with the Structure Card at the bottom of your vertical column (Castle). In order to knock out a Structure Card you must roll the Angry Bird shown on the card. Remember, you must knock out you cards in order, beginning with the one closes to you.
So if your first card is a `red bird' then you need to roll a die with at least 1 red bird on it. If you knock out a Structure Card then you can remove it from your Castle and place it on the discard pile (for Structure Cards).
Note: If you happen to roll the Angry Birds needed to knock out both the 1st and 2nd cards in position, you may remove both Structure Cards. Keep in mind though that you MUST go in order. You can't knock out card number two until you've knocked out the Structure Card before it.
If you fail to knock out any Angry Birds (Structure Cards) then you still have the opportunity to play a Special Power Card.
Winning the Game:
Once you've removed all your Structure Cards, the next step is to knock down the King Pig piece. You'll want to place him at least 2 feet away from you on the table (or floor, your neighbors airplane tray, or wherever you might be playing). Your goal is to flick (not throw!) one of the dice at him in hopes of knocking him down. Everyone loves this part! And of course, the first player to knock down the King Pig Wins!!
So Is This Game Any Fun to Play?
In short, Yes!! I was impressed by the fun factor. Whether you like Angry Birds or not, I think this is a card game anyone (kids in particular) can enjoy.
Pro's and Con's:
There were several things I liked about this game. First, it's pretty easy to learn how to play. There were a few things we overlooked the first time around, but after re-reading the rules a second, and third time we were pros! Second, I like that there are a few elements of strategy such as how you place your Structure Cards and the utilization of your Power Cards throughout the game. The game is simple enough that younger kids can play without much though, while older kids and adults can enjoy the little bit of strategy involved. I love that to win the game it comes down to skill. You've got to click that die and known down the Pig. We created some variations of this to suit the varied age and skill levels of our family. I would put the King Pig about 6 inches from my 6 year old daughter, 1 foot away for my 8 year old son, and I stuck with the recommended two feet (though I think I'll try 3 feet next time, Yeah!!!)
I like that the game is compact (it's easy to take on a trip or vacation) and it's also a fairly quick game to play. It depends a bit on the role of the die, but you're looking at anywhere between 5-15 minutes a game (approximately).
I think the one possible negative to the game is the dice flicking. For some kids (including my own) this can be a source of frustration (if they can't get their wee little finger to flick the die). But as I mentioned previously, you can change some things to help accommodate them such as moving the King Pig closer and give them more tries.
The game says this is recommended for kids ages 5+. I'd day that's about right. My 6 year old needed some help but had fun playing with us. My 8 year old just loves anything to do with Angry Birds (he even has an Angry Bird stuffed animal he sleeps with!), so he loves the game. My other daughter who is 10 finds it ok, but it's not something she would go out of her way to play.
For the value and fun factor I gave this 5 Stars (particularly if you're an Angry Birds Fan). If you're looking for something simple and fun that the whole family play even if you don't have a lot of time, then I would highly recommend the Angry Birds Card Game.
For more details about this game including a video of how to play you can check out my review at: ReviewsByLance (dot) com
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
More fun than we thought it would beSep 24, 2011
By Martine Kerr
Purchased this for my son's 5th birthday. What a nice surprise - it's fun for the whole family to play. Note that it's a little tough to learn for the little ones, but with parents involved, really enjoyable.
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