App developer Andreas Illinger has devised an iPhone game so simple that you could play it with just one finger, thumb, toe or any other protruding part of your body, if you were so inclined; all you have to do is touch the screen when the ‘Tiny Wings’ bird is travelling downhill to gather momentum and release it just before you begin going uphill in order to allow your bird to realize its dream of flying, despite its, uh, Tiny Wings. As you hop from island to island completing such challenges as collecting points and touching the clouds, you can collect sun tokens and boosters that speed the bird on its way, which is useful as the game revolves around a battle against the setting sun; once nightfall arrives, it’s Game Over. The soundtrack is a child-like synthesized melody played over and over that somehow fails to get irritating and is punctuated by random tweets and chirping noises.
Compared with the mighty Angry Birds, it seems like Tiny Wings is a little simplistic and doesn’t share the depth of progressing through different levels battling thieving pigs using an array of different skilled feathered friends, ranging from the boomerang bird to an exploding eagle; this may be true, however, Tiny Wings does contain an element of intrigue and suspense that draws the user into wanting just one more shot at reaching the island that was just out of their reach on the last game. However, when it comes to game-play, user satisfaction and hilarious bird noises, Angry Birds has it licked.
Being able to launch a feathered missile into a pig shelter and watching trotters fly as your Angry Bird detonates an atomic egg, all the while on the bus to work is going to take some beating, (no pun intended…honestly). With the app developers Rovio regularly updating the themes with the latest ‘Ham Em’ High’ set of levels featuring pigs in cowboy hats, it would take something pretty special to knock Angry Birds off its perch.