The latest installment of Angry Birds Rio is entitled “Airfield Chase” and includes level 9-11 (sound familiar?) featuring a mock airliner being bombed by egg-dropping birds, with the intention of destroying targets inside the airplane. I find this particular level of the game to be in poor taste.
As an American, I am particularly sensitive to the events of ten years ago, on September 11, 2001, when 2,753 of our fellow citizens were ruthlessly killed by terrorists. I find it less than appropriate that Rovio Entertainment Ltd. would choose to release this particular level so close to the 10th anniversary of that fateful day in our past.
Among other details of note are the game’s introductions of exploding jet fuel (which I don’t believe has ever been part of any of the previous game segments), mock control tower, complete with operators and caged passengers. Additionally, the major “bonus” of this level is to completely destroy the airliner, after which the player receives an award of a “Golden Apple” (representing New York?).
While I feel that Angry Birds is a brilliant game, I believe that the makers of the game owe an apology to all Americans, as we were each affected directly and indirectly by these past events. Rovio shoud also remove or replace this level of the game. In my opinion, ten years is still too soon to make light of such a tragedy. I also think that Rovio, a Finnish company, should consider the negative image that this insensitivity imparts on our comrades in Finland.
I would also ask the sponsors of Rovio to reconsider their association with this company until the aforementioned apology is forthcoming.