Angry Birds Seasons

Angry Birds Seasons: A Geeky Holiday Gaming Tradition Comes to an End

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The holidays are filled with various traditions and it is these traditions that make them so memorable and comforting (at least the good ones do). The most common holiday traditions are centered around family activities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your own personal/individual holiday tradition. After all, sometimes you could really use some time to yourself...a break from all the social gatherings that tend to take place this time of year.

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Several years ago I stumbled on to my own such personal holiday tradition, a gaming tradition. I’m not a huge gamer by any stretch, but I have certainly been known to spend an hour or two here or there playing a video game or two. I started playing Angry Birds. Sounds like more of a confession than anything doesn’t it? But it wasn’t just your garden variety of Angry Birds. No. I started playing Angry Birds Seasons, specifically the winter themed game within the Angry Birds Seasons collection of games. The game works a bit like an advent calendar, where each day you get to open up a new door/level in the game. The game starts on December 1st and the last stage or level is opened up for play on Christmas Day, December 25th. It's pretty much the only time all year that I play Angry Birds and it has become a tradition for me. If you get a full 3-starts on all 25 levels then you get to play a bonus stage. Every year there are at least a couple of levels that are really difficult for whatever reason to get 3 stars. But its all part of the challenge.

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Traditional Game Play

So starting on December 1st every year I start playing my Angry Birds game again. Typically I get up in the morning, grab me a cup of coffee and play for a few minutes. I would love to say that I curl up by the fireplace, but I live in Florida so that just doesn’t happen (although it did happen one year when we went back to Kansas for Christmas). If I don’t beat the level within a short amount of time then I pick it up again in the evening before bed. If I am still playing that same level into the next morning I may punt and look up a “how to beat this stage” video, but only if I am really desperate. After all, traditions should be fun and not frustrating right? What I like so much about this tradition is that is lasts for 25 days. It is also nicely spaced out across the holiday season, so it gives me lots of little breaks and something to look forward to each day. It also has more than one way to beat each level, although typically there is only one way to rack up enough points to get the coveted 3-stars.

But Not This Year

So on December 1st of this year I opened up the app and the winter themed game from 2016 was the only one listed. I contacted Rovio, the developer behind the Angry Birds franchise and they told me that because of everything they had on their plates they were unable to devote as much time as they had in the past to the Angry Birds Seasons games. So sadly there will be no new winter holiday update to the game in 2017. Rovio did say that they were hoping to develop new “Seasons” games in 2018. So I guess there is always next year…

A Holiday Gaming Tradition: Angry Birds Seasons

I'm not a big gamer by any stretch. I either stick with retro gaming or maybe a story-based or puzzle game on iOS, but I really don't spend a lot of time playing video games. However I did get hooked on playing the Angry Birds Seasons (iPhone and iPad) game every December. I've been doing this ever since the game came out in 2010.

The iOS gaming version of an advent calendar

The iOS gaming version of an advent calendar

The game works a bit like an advent calendar, where each day you get to open up a new door/level in the game. The game starts on December 1st and the last stage or level is opened up for play on Christmas Day, December 25th. It's pretty much the only time all year that I play Angry Birds and it has become a tradition for me. If you get a full 3-starts on all 25 levels then you get to play a bonus stage. Every year there are at least a couple of levels that are really difficult for whatever reason to get 3 stars. But its all part of the challenge.

A year or so back the Angry Birds Seasons game started getting a lot of ads that would pop up during play. I searched and searched for an option in the app to make an in-app-purchase to make the ads disappear but to no avail. I even contacted the developer and requested that they consider adding that as an in-app-purchase option. They responded and said that in-game ads were a significant part of their business model and that they had no plans to provide an option to buy your way out of ads. They have to make their money one way or another so I really can't complain. Given the current app economy I totally understand where there probably just aren't enough people willing to pay to remove ads to make it worth their developers time. The first year the ads appeared the ads would actually disrupt the game and cause errors. Luckily that has gone away. Ads or no ads I still enjoy my little holiday gaming tradition...

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