Angry Birds Telepods combines actual toys with digital play for the best of both worlds.
The basic kit is a race way that you have to set up. You use the mechanism at the start to get your cars — this one came with a red bird and king pig — to the end of the track. The first car to make it will hit a treasure chest and knock off the pig on it. The kit comes with two decorative pigs beside the pig you knock off and the two cars.
It comes with all the same frustrations — stickers that you have to put on to customize it and place pieces that don’t always want to snap into place. I found that some pieces were rather loose while others just didn’t want to fit. One place where the two tracks came together looked connected but weren’t, which caused the cars to slow down and not get to the end of the tracks. We figured it out, and then were off to the races.
You’re supposed to beat your opponent. There’s several swinging pieces and a lever. When the lead car hits it, this will move the lever to block the other side of the track and push your opponent off the track. So whoever’s in the lead is going to win period. There’s no way for you to come up from behind.
It seemed like racing took a lot less time than putting together the track. I think this would be frustrating for some kids. On the other hand, it comes apart easily so you can store it in the box. Another thing I noticed is that the size difference of the cars meant that the king pig simply moved faster all the time. The cars should be the same size or weight to be fair.
One frustration we had is that the hanging “TNT” kept falling off completely. There’s a notch that’s supposed to hold it in place, but it just doesn’t work when the karts hit it as they go by on the track.
The gimmick here is that you can “teleport” your carts into the game. The toys come with this telepod, which is actually a magnifying glass that you put against the bottom of the cars. Each card has a QR code and this allows you to scan it into the Angry Birds Go app.. or so I assume. You see, it says it’s compatible with my phone but after I installed it from Google Play, it wouldn’t quite load. Areas of the screen simply remained black. However, the app should be compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
Assuming it works on yours, you can unlock your karts in the game with your camera and play, but I’m not sure how the game play went since I had trouble with the app.
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