What It Is
Mattel has taken the popular online game Angry Birds and turned it into an offline skill-and-action game. The Angry Birds Knock On Wood Game is a tabletop game that plays pretty much like the popular smartphone app. The pigs have stolen the birds' eggs, and the object is to destroy the structures where the pigs are hiding. But with Knock On Wood, one player draws a mission card and builds the structure shown. The mission card also lists what birds to use to shoot down the structure. Using the guidelines on the mission card, another player loads the required Angry Birds onto the launcher and catapults them to knock down structures and pigs and earn points. The first person to 1,000 points wins.
Each mission ranks in difficulty from one to four, so beginners can start out on the easy level and progress as they go. The more difficult missions are worth more points. There is also a freestyle level that challenges every player's ingenuity.
Angry Birds Knock On Wood features three Angry Birds, four green pigs, one slingshot-style launcher, 14 structure pieces, 40 mission cards, 16 points cards, a bonus points star, and a bonus points egg. It is for two to four players.
Why It’s Fun
This game is just like the smartphone app, but it interprets the game in a way that works as "real world" skill-and-action game. It adds a social, interactive dimension to the electronic game, and it fosters cooperation because kids can work together to build the structures on each turn. The competition and the build-it-knock-it-down action is perfectly positioned for younger kids.
Who It’s For
Angry Birds Knock On Wood Game is for ages 5 and up. It's great for kids who may be too young to play the Angry Birds app.
What to Be Aware of
Just like the smartphone app, there is a slight learning curve to Knock On Wood. It's a little tough at first to launch the birds, so it may take some time and patience to become an expert bird launcher. However, it largely uses gross motor skills and force so unlike the app, which requires some level of strategic thinking and (however obscure) understanding of physics, this is a game that kids in the target age group can feel successful playing.