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12-Year-Old Builds Real-Life Angry Birds Game Using Pumpkins

Sam Beards, a 12-year-old Angry Birds fan from England, has taken his obsession with the popular video game to a whole new level, by creating a real-life version using pumpkins and a giant cannon.

Just like millions of people around the world, Sam spent hours every day playing Angry Birds on the tiny screen of his iPod, but when he got the idea of making a real-life adaptation of his favorite game using a pumpkin cannon his father built last Halloween, he jumped at the opportunity. In Angry Birds, players have to shoot various types of birds at their mortal enemy, the pigs, using a slingshot, but in Sam Beads version, people use the giant cannon to shoot pumpkins painted as the popular birds at other pumpkins painted as pigs.

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Sam explained told his father, Dorian Beards, about Angry Birds and his idea of recreating it on their farm, and although he had never heard about it, and always wondered what his son was doing on his iPod every day, the farmer from Barford, Warwickshire, thought it would make a fine attraction for tourists. The destructible environment that protects the egg-thieving pigs in Rovio’s hit game was constructed in just one hour, using straw bales, wooden planks and a few old barrels, and the $800 pumpkin cannon was ready to cause some damage.

 

Sam’s siblings, sister Jessica, 16, brothers Ben, 14, and Davy, four, with their father Dorian are in charge of painting the pumpkins as Angry Birds characters, and Sam fires the compressed air cannon that can shoot a pumpkin up to 500 meters. ‘They had a great time firing the pumpkins at pretend targets. I think we might make this a regular event and get the customers to join in,’ Sam’s mother, Fiona, says.

With the ever-growing popularity of Angry Birds and the media coverage this story is getting right now, I’m pretty sure the Beards are going to be overrun by tourists this Halloween. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for my daily Angry Birds gaming session.

Story by Caters News via Asylum