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The Physics of Angry Birds

Shooting enraged birds out of a sling shot brings millions of casual gamers happiness but is it scientifically accurate? One dedicated blogger breaks it down to the basics.

At Wired Magazine, Rhett Allain ran some serious calculations on the trajectory and speed of the birds in Angry Birds. By using screen capture software he was able to capture the launch of the birds in frame-by-frame detail. Armed with a pile of frame grabs he started crunching the numbers to see if the birds behaved as they should if constrained by real physics (would, for example, birds shot horizontally go faster than birds shot straight up?)

His investigation is probably the most thorough examination of the physics of Angry Birds you’ll find anywhere. Hit up the link below to see his methods, equations, and conclusion.

Is the Launch Speed in Angry Birds Constant? [Wired]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/24/11

Comments (3)

  1. Hatryst

    Oh come on, its just a game :D
    Hats off to Mr. Allian for the research !

  2. Carlos Ferrari

    “His investigation is probably the most thorough examination of the physics of Angry Birds you’ll find anywhere.”

    And still pretty much useless! :P

  3. Roi

    Nah pretty useful if I want to make a clone ;)

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