The "Angry Birds" have been roosting on mobile devices for years. That said, it's bizarre that they've never really come to mainstream game consoles — save for a release of the original as a downloadable game for PlayStation's "Mini" service last year. But Activision has finally released the $40 "Angry Birds Trilogy," a compilation that contains three of the series' most popular games, complete with a high-definition touch-up, new levels, online leaderboards and new control options.
The games — "Angry Birds Classic," "Angry Birds Rio" and "Angry Birds Seasons" — all follow the familiar gameplay setup, as you launch birds at huge structures containing evil pigs.
Using a game controller with "Angry Birds Trilogy" is probably the best way to go. Aiming and executing your launches feels just right with an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controller, and you can restart with ease simply by holding down a button, rather than going into a sub-menu as you have to in the original games.
Unfortunately, Activision and Rovio wasted time adding motion controls. Both the Kinect and PlayStation Move setups are too complicated to be any fun, requiring you to move your arms to execute your shots. We can't even count how many times we tried to aim with precision and failed miserably.
But the graphics are well-done. The teams did stellar work reconditioning these games for high-definition, complete with fluid animations, beautiful backgrounds and the ability to zoom in or out with the press of a button. The sound, on the other hand, hasn't changed much, with the usual array of squawking birds, snorting pigs and relaxing music.
Activision has also added online leaderboards so you can compare your scores with others and also has added 19 new levels that will challenge your bird-tossing skills.
But that's about all there is to this game. You get three "Angry Birds" titles and the small extra features for $40, a steep price compared with the $2 each they go for in the App Store. The fact that newer games like "Angry Birds Space" and the forthcoming "Piggies" weren't considered is a missed opportunity.
The bottom line is if you really like your "Angry Birds" and want to see them on the big screen, "Trilogy" is worth a look. But you're not really missing much if you choose to stick to the iPad versions.
RATING: 2.5 / 4