Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
Rovio may be shedding jobs, but the machine that signs off Angry Birds merch continues to chug away. Standing out from the tat is Angry Birds Arcade. A videmption game made with US restaurant chain Dave & Buster’s in mind (it’s a timed exclusive), it’s a collaboration between Big Buck Hunter dev Play Mechanix and redemption expert Ice.
The cab features a portrait 55-inch touchscreen at the end of an enclosed transparent tunnel, through which players launch foam balls using a pinball-style plunger mechanism attached to an aiming array. The casing is brightly coloured and designed to look like one of the precariously balanced wooden constructions from the game, while dots along the side offer little actual aiming guidance but lend authenticity.
Angry Birds Arcade is certainly a step up from unimaginatively ported arcade versions of mobile games, a different spin on Rovio’s porcine bombardment simulator. Whether the game, which lands worldwide this autumn, proves as successful as an advert for the dwindling-in-popularity mobile series is another matter.
Game AngryBirdsArcade Manufacturer Play Mechanix, Ice