Jan 31, 2017
Alrighty, AB Bast is yet another Angry Birds game.
But can you blame them? The flippin’ green pigs just won’t stop.
The game should look familiar to anyone who has played a Rovio game — and at this point,who hasn’t? High definition graphics, liberal use of color and very whimsical characterizations. A lot of the constituents will be familiar too, which can be good or bad for some.
Controls? Taps just about all through.
The main gist of the game is that the troublesome pigs are at it again; this time, they have trapped the birds in balloons. This translates to a portrait-orientation game, with a wooden frame housing balloons that are replenished endlessly from the bottom as some of them are popped.
Freeing the birds entails popping groups of multiple same colored adjacent balloons; one balloon can’t be popped, but at least two touching can. When they are popped, the birds physically fly out to freedom.
The first few levels are just about that: freeing the birds. The goal might be to,say, free 7 blue birds. Okay… did we mention that there is a move limit? Yes, you only get so many taps to get to the requisite 7 birds. The idea is to then tap groups (or, strategically pop others to manipulate such groupings) until the count meter is down to zero. In true Angry Birds fashion, we have the three-star scoring mechanism: completing with less taps is always good.
There are boosts to use,and as with other aspects, strategy comes in handy here.
As more levels are opened, the game does gets more complex — and more interesting. Soon, some of the elements from the original slingshot games (like crystal structures) make an appearance. Pigs? Yessir; there are levels where beating them up and defeating them by contact is the goal. These are pretty engaging.
In the end, AB Blast is a bubble popper. There is an energy requirement, but there are in-game tools (like video watching) that can help you avoid in-app purchases.