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Is your iPhone resplendent in an Angry Birds iPhone case? Have you played the official Angry Birds board game? Do you cuddle up to an Angry Birds plush toy in bed? Got the Mighty Eagle, read every page and watched every video clip in the walkthrough guide? Been there, done all that and got the T-Shirt? Welcome to the world of the true Angry Birds fanboy...

So you think you qualify for the epithet 'Number One Fan' when it comes to Angry Birds, do you? OK, you've completed the entire main game as well as the seasonal variations and done so with a full compliment of three star ratings. You've even unlocked all the hidden golden eggs from around the various levels, and deserve praise for your dedication. But to be awarded the ultimate fan accolade you really need to go a little bit further; you need to think outside the box, be it iPhone or Android powered.

The Mighty Eagle

Having said think outside of the box, we are heading straight back inside it and the game itself for the first of our Angry Birds fanboy essentials: the heroic Mighty Eagle. It's an in-game purchase that costs just $0.99 for iPhone users and brings an additional bird into play. Actually, that's not really an adequate enough description as the Mighty Eagle is not just another bird to throw at the evil egg stealing pigs: it's the ultimate bird of mass destruction.

The Mighty Eagle let's you skip a level if you are having trouble completing it (call yourself a fanboy, you sound more like a lightweight) by simply barrelling through whatever you point it at. You can only use the big bird once every hour in this mode though. So why would a real Angry Birds fanboy want such a thing? easy, you can use it (without the timing restriction) on levels you have already completed. And why would you want to do that? Easy, again, as you get new Mighty Eagle highscores and achievements as a result. The complainers will moan about paying extra for a single bird, just like they complained about paying extra for Angry Birds Seasons. But we are only talking pennies here, it really is loose change territory and real Angry Birds fans will think it money well spent. Angry Birds Walkthrough Guide

There are many different guides to the Angry Birds game, ranging from free ones on the web through to every level exposed on YouTube, so why would anyone, least of all a fanboy, bother with buying one as an app? Well the simple answer is that's what fanboys do. The slightly more detailed answer would be because this particular walkthrough guide from PLH Apps is one of the best around. Yes, it costs more than the game itself at $2.99 for the full Mega-Pack edition but that includes free updates for life. So not only do you get full text, image and video guides for getting three stars on every level of every Angry Birds game including both Seasons variations, as well as a guide to getting all the golden eggs should you need it, but you also get a promise of guides to every future level and game variant as well. Real fanboys will love the ability to press a button in the app and submit a better solution than the one on offer, that's the real deal appeal I reckon. GEAR4 Angry Birds iPhone Case

OK, now we can really start thinking outside the box. All around the outside of the box, in fact, with a range of officially licensed Angry Birds iPhone and iTouch cases from GEAR4. You'd have to be mad to go for the green Pig King case unless you secretly want to make those birds even angrier, I mean why would anyone want an egg stealing pig, heck the king of the egg stealing pigs, wrapped around their iPhone. Don't panic though, as GEAR4 also has a red bird and yellow bird case available. Phew! They all cost $34.99 and, as you might expect considering these are officially licensed products from a well known case manufacturer, they are high quality polycarbonate clip on affairs that provide a decent amount of iPhone protection while leaving full access to ports and camera. Angry Birds T-Shirt

You can't really be a hardcore fanboy without having at least one Angry Birds T-Shirt, and thankfully there are plenty to choose from if you shop at the official Rovio shirt store. Kids sizes start at around $12, while adults can expect to pay $18 with hoodies and sweats coming in at around twice as much. Design-wise you get a choice of red bird or green king pig (what is it with the pig fans?) and there's one with both birds and pigs on. Of course, real fanboys might prefer the subtle understatement of a white feather from the Mighty Eagle. Well, it would have been understated were it not for the bloody great Angry Birds banner alongside it. Angry Birds Plush Toys

Now that's what I'm talking about! At last some Angry Birds merchandise where pigs fit right in, especially the one with the cracked helmet which is just adorable, not least as you can throw one of the birds at him and pretend that did the damage. Seriously, these soft and cuddly plush toys are not just for the kids (although it's a great excuse to buy some) they are an essential part of any Angry Birds fanboy collection. Being official Rovio products again, they are of a decent quality and really do look the part. It's like stepping right into the game for a moment in real life. Erm, does that make me sound just a little bit too sad? Hey, I was asked what I wanted for Christmas and who wouldn't respond with all nine of these at just $12 a piece? Actually, three of the pigs cost $15 for some totally unexplainable reason, but hey ho. There are four pigs and five birds, including the truly hysterical black bomb bird. Now, when is the Mighty Eagle making an appearance?Angry Birds: Knock on Wood

I have, naturally, saved the best until last even though it is not even yet on sale. However, the official Angry Birds board game from Mattel was out on display at the Consumer Electronics Show recently so it does exist. In fact, it is very real indeed: and made of wooden looking plastic. It looks like being a true classic as well, taking inspiration from the likes of Mousetrap and Jenga, as well as the Angry Birds game itself of course. The idea being that you build a 3D version of the towers that you see in the iPhone game and populate it with pigs that you then have to destroy by catapulting the angry birds (as picked from cards at random) at it all. Personally I can't wait until May when this is rumoured to be ready for retail release at around $15.

here's a video of the game being played:


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About the Author

A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...


I dont even like Angry Birds

happygeek 2,411

I bet you enjoyed reading that then :)


Cool.. There is Angry Birds board game... :)

Dexxta27 14

I really didn't know what Angry Birds was till about a week ago...after i downloaded and ran the free version for about two levels, i sat there for about five minutes. O.O what the hell do people see in this game. Congratulations to the genius who invented this cyber-crack. You can retire in two months.

alexsmth114 -3

Angry Birds is a real fun game, I am a big fan of the game!!..


Its another one of those 'Why didn't I code that???' programs....


You've gotta be a real fanboy of this game to purchase the additional bird.
Fun game anyway..:)

janellelk -1

LOL, I cannot believe that guide!!! It is sort of hilarious. I have Angry Birds on my phone, but unfortunately I've never been talented enough at it to develop an obsession with it.

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Is there any reason why this article, good as it is, is stuck to the top of this forum?

My kid's just got a new iPod Touch and he's driving me bananas with the blasted game, "Oh, Dad.. ohhh. nooo.. c'mon... yeah!". I refuse to look at it. I used to have this habit... best not to talk about it though...