Summary There is a race on Piggy Island. Get your soapboxes reader and drive hell for leather to achieve your road to victory.
Description Type: Racing
Age: Any Age
Game Time: 1-2 mins per race
Developer or Designer: Rovio Mobile Ltd
Publisher: Rovio Mobile Ltd
Lots of different race modes
Lots of unlockable characters
Character specific power ups
Takes up a lot of memory
Angry Birds Go! is a spin-off to the original Angry Birds game. Tired of their kamikaze target practice, the birds have decided to battle the evil piggies on the race track.
The one thing they couldn't resist bring with them, however, was their trusty sling shot, which catapults you into action. To start a race you drag back the sling shot with your finger and release. Be careful not to let go before 'go', or you'll have a false start and get all dizzy.
But there won't be any racing at all unless you have something to drive. Starting off with a basic 49cc soapbox, you will be able to upgrade it as you progress through the game by collecting coins. You can also buy supercars with crystals. Crystals can be collected in gameplay, but also bought from the Angry Birds online store.
Each grand prix has five different kinds of races to complete. The first being a standard race against other characters. To unlock the next race, you must place at least third.
Considering the visual quality of many tablet games, I was disappointed by the grainy tracks and objects. This, however, is made up for by the easy controls. You can choose between tilt or touch screen. Often I find racing games such as these are awkward in tilt mode, either being to sensitive, or not sensitive enough. Angry Birds Go! has just the right balance.
Once you have played a standard race five times, you then unlock a series of tasks that you have to complete, such as collecting so many coins during a race, or placing first. There are an almost endless number of goals to keep you occupied, and ensures the replay-ability of each track.
The second type of race is a time trial, where you have to navigate your way through objects such as ice blocks and TNT. If you hit these objects then not only does it slow you down, but damages your soapbox kart too.
Fruit Smash is a unique mode, and the concept is as simple as the name. Smash into as much fruit as you can to get the highest score possible. The fourth race is a vs. match against one other character.
Finally it is the boss match. You have to beat the boss three times before opening the next set of races. Once you beat the boss, they become a playable character. What I particularly like about unlocking new characters is that you are forced into playing them. You know how you sometimes get into the habit of sticking to just one particular character? You can't do that here. After five races the birds and piggies are pooped, and you need to swap them for a substitute.
Apart from the graphics, which are by no means bad - just not pristine - Angry Birds Go! is even better than the original, and has tons of content. With all the different features, however, it does take up a lot of memory that cannot be transferred to the internal SD.