The Physics of Angry Birds

By Jason Fitzpatrick on May 24th, 2011

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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/24/11
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