First: the risks in taking a franchise so seemingly tied to a specific genre 2D physics-based aiming'n'shooting and daring to enter a genre dominated magic property spin the games, and the memory of countless character-based karting titles that didn't match up.
Second: the even bigger risks of turning into a fully free-to-play game, making its money from in-app purchases and ads rather than paid downloads.
Free-to-play is problematic for Rovio, partly because of its generous approach to updates for previous Angry Birds titles — if you paid 59p for the original game in 2011, you were still getting new levels for it in 2013 — and partly because of the large number of children who play the Angry Birds games.
On either front, if Angry Birds Go's in-app purchase prodding is too aggressive it'll spark a big backlash.
The game is out today for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry 10 — one of the first games to hit all four platforms on its launch day — so how has Rovio done?
Pretty well on all counts.
I've loved numerous iterations of Mario Kart, and laughed at some of the rivals that copied its basic features while missing the nuances that made Nintendo's series so great.
I fired up Angry Birds Go!
Different to Mario Kart, it's fair to say: the power-ups system is simpler, with each character having a single, unique power-up to trigger a set number of times during races, rather than picking up different ones on the track.
More emphasis on jumps too, perhaps unsurprisingly given Angry Birds' roots.
The handling feels great, with a choice of touch or tilt.
As in most touchscreen driving games, tilt is more fun, but touch is better for actually controlling your vehicle.
The way the source karts turn, fly through the air and smash into one another feels very good.
Angry Birds touches include the characters, obviously — yes, no legs or hands, so heaven knows how they steer — and the way races start by you pulling back the car in a sling and letting go at see more right moment.
The different birds' power-ups are standard for the genre: a mixture of weapons and speed-ups.
The game's two main courses — Seedway and Rocky Road — each offer five types of race.
Race is a straight race with several birds; Time Boom is a solo challenge to reach the finish before a fuse burns down; Versus is a one-on-one race, and Fruit Splat is a possibly Fruit Ninja-inspired mode where you have to jenga code angry bird go through a set number of fruit on your way to the finish line.
Each section also includes boss-bird races: beat them three times, and you unlock them to use as a playable character.
And as you work through, there are more modes to unlock too: one focused on stunts and another on jump-heavy 'air' races, for example, and a Jenga mode unlocked either by entering a code jenga code angry bird go on the Angry Birds Jenga board game, or jenga code angry bird go a £1.
Jenga mode sees you slinging your car down a ramp to smash into blocks and dislodge pigs — perhaps a teaser for a future move of the original Angry Birds gameplay into 3D.
This isn't the only way toys filter into the game.
As with Angry Birds Star Wars II, Rovio has teamed up with Hasbro to launch a line of Telepods toys: models of the karts and their characters which can be bought jenga code angry bird go between £5.
source their own right, but the karts can then be scanned in to the game by putting them on their transparent stands and placing them over your device's camera.
It's an alternative to the in-app purchases: good for collectors, but also potentially for parents who'd rather buy physical karts than let their kids loose with their iTunes accounts.
How about the free-to-play aspect then?
Good with a few niggles.
The use of timers — individual bird characters get tired after five races and have to 'rest' unless you revive them with one of the jenga code angry bird go currencies, gems.
Not a huge problem once you've unlocked a few, but frustrating in the early stages.
Impatient players can spend gems to get more coins, with the gems sold for between £1.
In a week of playing review code of the game, I've not come to the kind of crashing "pay now or you're stuck" halt I've seen in some free-to-play games: Rovio has clearly thought carefully about how aggressively it integrates in-app purchases into Angry Birds Go's gameplay progression.
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