Can’t get enough Angry Birds? Wish you could hurl disgruntled fowl at thieving piggies while simultaneously celebrating international holidays like Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween, St Patrick’s Day, and Easter?
Well you’re in luck, because Rovio Mobile has bundled the iconic images of these numerous yearly hols into a bonus batch of Angry Birds levels.
But, like the main Angry Birds event, these seasonal spin-offs are tricky physics puzzlers with tough scoring systems, plenty of hidden goodies, and a handful of tough new stages.
Thankfully, Pocket Gamer is here to help. In these guides to Angry Birds Seasons we’ll walk you through each holiday with top tips, video strategies for clearing every level, and the locations of those devious golden eggs.
As Angry Birds Seasons is basically a set of bonus level packs with spooky, snowy, lovey-dovey and stereotypically Irish themes, these basic Angry Birds pointers - borrowed from our main ‘Birds guide - are as relevant as ever.
Simply killing all the birds will unlock the next level, but if you want to get the maximum three stars on each stage, you'll need to aim for some high scores.
The key to getting a high score in Angry Birds Seasons is a mixture of deadly efficiency (unused birds net you an automatic 10,000 points each) and unrelenting damage (smashed objects give off small but quickly accumulated points).
You'll often need to use both strategies at once, though: simply using a very small number of birds might not get all three stars if you didn't cause much damage.
Angry Birds Seasons contains a deceptively sophisticated physics engine, which allows its structures to topple and fold realistically. That means that offsetting balance and attacking weak points is always a more effective strategy than blindly firing at the main reinforced walls.
And some materials are sturdier than others. It's no use fruitlessly bashing away at a stone wall (especially because it takes about three direct hits to finally smash one) when you could focus on the easily destructible wooden platform that's holding it up.
Pinch and zoom to see the entire battlefield on one screen, so you can quickly see how far away your catapult is from the pig's base.
Every bird leaves a trail of dust behind, meaning you can replicate (or slightly deviate from) previous throws without the tedious guesswork.
You don't always have to attack from left to right: if you aim the bird high enough you can attack from above. Perfect for levels with fortified walls, but exposed roofs.
Wait until your previous bird disappears. If you hit your last bird's dazed body, your attack will be significantly dampened.Red
Plain old projectile birds. Won't do anything when tapped, and isn't very tough either.Blue
Scattershot birds dissipate into three small projectiles when the screen is tapped.
Think of these little guys like a shotgun. You can make a scattershot early to hit a good range of targets, but ideally you want to release these fellows close to the target so all three birds will smash into a small area at once. That's how you inflict the most damage.Yellow
Kamikaze birds rocket at super speeds when the screen is tapped.
Despite their greatly increased velocity, they still won't do much damage on materials like stone and glass. They rip through wood like it's wet paper, though, allowing you to quickly attack enemies buried deep within a structure.Black
These are caustic birds that explode to create shockwaves and destroy close blocks and birds. They blow up in their own time, but if you tap you can explode them instantly.
Remember, these guys are so heavy that they'll destroy even a large chunk of stone in just one hit.White
Egg dropping, maternal birds. Tap the screen to launch an explosive egg from your backside before firing your now deflated friend into the stratosphere. Get as low to the target as possible for maximum splash damage.
Don't forget: these enemies can still be used as classic red-styled birds if you don't tap. Useful if you just need a boring old projectile.Boomerang
Boomerang birds turn around and fly backwards at roughly double the speed when the screen is tapped. Learning their trajectory is just a matter of patience and experience. In the right hands, though, these exotic toucans can be deadly accurate, and very powerful.
You can fire them backwards, and then quickly tap the screen to make a fast-flying bird. You'll be hard pressed to make efficient hits in this way, but it's a useful trick to keep under your belt.Big Brother
At the time of writing, the Big Brother bird is the game’s final poultry-type, offering up enormous power. This pot bellied evolution of the classic red starter rips through wood and glass like butter, and can take out concrete without too much bother as well.
He has the destructive power of the black bomb bird, just without the explosive finale. His giant size makes it tough to squeeze into tight corners, but he can wipe out entire structures just by wiping out the bottom foundations.
There’s little strategy here: just let him loose and watch materials smash and pigs pop!
This new bird was actually introduced in Angry Birds Seasons, and made his debut in the Ham'o'ween theme. He looks like a scrawny little chap when he's sat in the catapult, but one tap of the screen unleashes his true power.
He puffs up like a self-inflating dinghy, forcibly pushing aside blocks and pigs alike. He's a little like the bomb bird but smaller (perfect for entering tight spaces) and his power is more destructive than explosive.
Look for tight openings and fire the Orange Bird right in. When he puffs up you'll dislodge the foundations, making anything above tumble to the ground.
This girly birdy was introduced in Angry Birds Seasons, alongside the Back to School theme. She's a bubble-blowing chick who can seriously disrupt the pigs's fortresses.
When fired, you can tap the screen to make her blow a number of bubbles. Anything caught in these bubbles - including pigs and any level-building material - will momentarily float into the air, before crashing back down to earth.
You can use this technique to drop bits of masonry on a pig's head. You can also use it to lift up the corner of a structure, but blocks that are buried under too much rubble will refuse to budge.Abra-ca-bacon Back to School - Piglantis Cherry Blossom - Year of the Dragon Ham'o'Ween - Mooncake Festival Summer Pignic - Easter Eggs Go Green, Get Lucky - Hogs and Kisses Season's Greedings - Trick or Treat
Pocket Gamer's Guide to Angry Birds Seasons
Back to School - Piglantis - Cherry Blossoms
Year of the Dragon - Ham'O'Ween 2011
Summer Pignic - Easter Eggs
Go Green, Get Lucky - Hogs and Kisses
Season's Greedings - Trick or Treat Other Angry Birds Guides: