Angry Birds Go! review, or how annoying in-app purchases can actually be

Developer: RovioPlatforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10
Genre: Casual Kart RacingPrice: Free (with in-app purchases)

Last Wednesday, Rovio launched its newest game featuring everyone's favorite wingless avians. It is called Angry Birds Go! and it is unlike anything we've seen from the Finnish developer so far. Like it or not, this time there's no flinging anything at a barricaded mob of grinning piggies. Rovio is presenting us with a cute and colorful kart racing game instead, presumably in effort to spice up its massively popular franchise. Curious to know what Rovio has put together this time, we downloaded the game right after it was made available. Here's what we have to say about it. 

This is a game that you get the hang of as soon as you pick it up. Thanks to the convenient and forgiving touch or tilt controls, the karts in Angry Birds Go! are super easy to keep on the road. So where's the challenge then? Well, you do get rivals to race against, and the further you progress, the more aggressive they become. Actually, at first we were underwhelmed by the game's low difficulty, but pretty soon, arriving first at the finish line got much harder. That is why it is important to use your special abilities at the right time and to take advantage of the boosters scattered across the track. 

There's plenty of variety in Angry Birds Go!, even though we do have a few remarks. First and foremost, there are different cars and driver birds to pick from. Cars can be upgraded to be faster or more stable on the road and each bird has a unique special skill to unleash upon their opponents. Multiple race modes, various challenges, and most importantly, new driver birds become available as you progress, so the game does not get too monotone too quickly. Tracks, however, are repetitive and much shorter than we wish they were. Seriously, a race lasts for roughly a minute, which isn't what we'd call fun. 

But that's not the only thing we're annoyed by. You see, driver birds get tired as you play. Once their stamina is depleted, you either have to wait for your birds to rest, or use 10 gems to recover their stamina. Sure, gems are collected during races, but they are really, really scarce. Unsurprisingly, the game reminds you every once in a while that you can buy extra gems for a few dollars so that you can keep on racing. By the way, there's an extra powerful kart available as an in-app purchase as well, priced at "only" $61.99. 

Angry Birds Go! is a nice and relatively simple racing game that you can easily kill a few minutes with. Its easy-to-learn controls, short tracks, and moderate difficulty make it highly suitable for casual gamers and kids of all ages. However, we think that the guys at Rovio have gone a bit too far with the in-app purchases. We're fine with having the option to buy extra in-game currency, but we don't like having to buy it in order to keep on playing. Still, if you can live with the lengthy waiting times, then Angry Birds Go! is a game you might want to check out.


  • Easy to play
  • Variety of modes and drivers


  • Too reliant on IAPs
  • No multiplayer
  • Repetitive tracks
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Developer: RovioPlatforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10
Genre: Casual Kart RacingPrice: Free (with in-app purchases)



6. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This game is really fun on one hand, Rovio clearly has nailed the gameplay, and the short courses work great for mobile phones, since it shouldnt take more than 2 minutes to play through a level. I also like its unique soap box derby style, as opposed to just doing a mario kart ripoff. However, the energy system really hurts it as well as the lack of courses. Its a 9 out of 10 game as far as gameplay but it's a 3 out of 10 as far as how bad those aspects are, so it averages out to a 6.

3. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

i got really excited when i heard about this game. I thought: 'Finally!!! A decent Mario Cart copy that will run smoothly on Android.' But immedatly got put off when i heard about how many IAPs there were in the game. For this reason, i didnt even bother installing it, knowing it was gonna be crap

4. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Exactly. Why oh why is there a kart that's $60??

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Looking great but IAP is bad.

1. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

I Hate IAP. They ruin everything. I would have paid $10 dollars for Dead Trigger 2. But no, Madfinger has me waiting about 3 more REAL DAYS to virtually build my M4 that I paid 200,000 in game cash to buy....

5. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

OMG they ruined a potentially perfect game (Dead Trigger 2) with all that IAP crap. and waiting 3 days to purchase stuff. Angry Birds Go! really isn't that bad. you dont necessarily have to buy anything and waiting for your bird to rest is an indicator that you dont need to be playing games on your phone all day.

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