The title of this post is misleading. I don't really do game reviews on iPhone J.D., in part because I don't play a lot of iPhone games so I can't fairly rate which are better than others, and in part because sites like Touch Arcade and Macworld do a better job than I could ever do. But I will make rare exceptions, such as when one of my favorite arcade games of my youth comes to the iPhone.
Angry Birds is such a great game that also deserves to be an exception. This $0.99 game involves physics (setting up the correct angle when you shoot a bird to hit the targets) and puzzles (on each level, you need to figure out the best way to aim your shots to cause different reactions to clear the level). The game is very simple to learn; my four year old son learned how to play the game in about a minute, so I promise you can figure it out too. It is a great casual game because there is no time pressure and you can play it in small increments in time, but each level is different so the game can keep you occupied for hours and hours.
As noted yesterday by Jeremy Sikora of TiPb, the game was just updated to support Game Center, to add Retina Display support, and to add 15 new levels.
Angry Birds is the best selling game on the App Store, so there is a good chance that you have at least heard about it. If you enjoy puzzles and casual games, just go ahead and spend the buck on this one. The game is great fun, and you won't regret the purchase.