The Sky is Falling in Chicken Raid HD – iPad Game Review

In Chicken Raid, you won’t be going after the dastardly pigs. Instead, it’s the birds that are your target. In this game, you’ll be using an environment of elaborate structures constructed from rocks and planks to smash chickens and their eggs.

Visually, this looks a lot like the original Angry Birds, because it uses the same basic layouts, but the game mechanics, luckily, are different. Instead of hurling projectiles, you’ll be breaking items to clear levels.

The goal is to break the structures that the birds are standing on, which is done by tapping in strategic locations. When a chicken falls, or when something lands on one of the chickens, it will vanish in a puff of feathers, scoring you points.

Some chickens are more hearty than others, requiring stronger objects to crush them, so you’ll have to work out the best areas to tap in order to bring them all crashing down.

  

In addition to squishing chickens, you’ll also be able to gather treasure by cracking open treasure chests with the same planks used to smash up chickens. Coins come out of treasure chests, and the coins are used in the arsenal to buy special weapons like meteors, air strikes, and nukes, to do tons of damage.

You’re given up to three stars for each level, and your star reward is based on how many taps it takes you to finish a level. You’ll want to finish a level in as few taps as possible to reach the maximum score.

Though Chicken Raid game looks good with bright colors and Retina graphics, it also looks like a blatant copy of several other titles in the App Store. While the gameplay feels different, the use of angry looking chickens makes this app feel stale.

Still, even though it doesn’t look unique, the game has many innovative level designs, making it a solid puzzler that’s fun to play.

What I liked: Levels are neither too easy nor too challenging. While it can take some time to figure out the best combination, you can always progress through the game, making it suitable for players of all skill levels.

What I didn’t like: Sometimes the physics of the breaks aren’t logical. For example, occasionally, a tap merely puts a splinter into a board, which is frustrating, because it requires restarting the level for the best score. Sometimes, air strikes would fail to remove everything from the level, which was disappointing. I was also not a fan of the graphical style, which looked way too much like Angry Birds.

To buy or not to buy: This is a fun casual game that’s perfect for kids and adults alike. If you don’t mind the similarities to other games, I’d pick this one up for its fun gameplay and colorful graphics.

  • App Name: Chicken Raid HD
  • Version Reviewed: 1.0
  • Category: Games
  • Developer: FDG Entertainment
  • Price: $2.99
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