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Freemium Field Test: Angry Birds Fight is a truly puzzling turn for the series

Andrew Hayward | July 8, 2015
Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it's difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we'll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it's really worth your time (and money).

The verdict

Angry Birds Fight has Rovio's trademark production values, with a great-looking tweak on the usual bird designs along with amusing character interactions. But it's window dressing on a game that doesn't deserve the attention, as it misreads the appeal of the match-three genre and loses the plot with its empty battles.

Fight is fun in the early moments: It's cute and fast-paced, which makes it ideal for short sessions in your commute or other slow moments. But everything else feels poorly conceived, not to mention designed primarily to push you toward in-app purchases. Rovio used to be a mobile leader, but now it just chases trends--and often badly, at that. Angry Birds Fight is only the latest proof of that.

 

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