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How Do People Cheat to Get High Scores on "Angry Birds"?

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Leaderboard Cheats?

If you check the Angry Birds high scores on Game Centre, you will see some shocking scores! So how do people cheat and get such high scores in the game? Well, this article will hopefully shed some light on the subject. If you want an idea of how people are getting such high scores and how they are dominating the global leaderboards, this guide will fill you in.

What Is Angry Birds?

Angry Birds is the most well-known iPhone and iPad app out there. The game has caught the imagination of millions of people the world over. When you play the game, the idea is to kill little pigs with your set of birds and basically score as many points as possible.

With the release of Game Centre last year, players now have the ability to register their score on a global leaderboard. However, this has caused some people to question the integrity of certain players.

This is a screenshot of the leaderboard for "Angry Birds."

This is a screenshot of the leaderboard for "Angry Birds."

Massive Angry Birds High Scores

I have been playing this game for a long time. My total score is currently around the 18.5 million mark, which puts me at a global rank of about 8000. I will improve my score as I play on it more and more; however, some of the scores on the leaderboard are simply not possible when you play the game in the standard way.

The top score comes in at a crazy 9,223,372,036,854,775,807. Strangely, the second place score is identical. These two scores are head and shoulders ahead of anything else, but I would say that the top 7 scores are all ridiculously high and must have been fabricated in some way.

How Did They Do It?

People who see these scores and try to come up with answer as to how people have managed it assume it’s some secret based on golden eggs. Others think that maybe it has something to do with the Mighty Eagle. But the fact is there is no way to score extra points on the golden eggs levels or by using the Mighty Eagle. So these players must be getting their incredibly high scores from somewhere else.

Above is a screenshot of some of the scores; as you can see, the list really does boggle the mind somewhat. So how are players obtaining such high scores on Angry Birds?

Conspiracy Theories

I have trawled the net, talked to friends, played the game for hours and basically done everything I could to find answers to the question of how people get such high scores. I am sorry to say the answers are inconclusive. The fact is that, of the millions of players who play Angry Birds, only 7 people have managed to cheat the system, so this is obviously a pretty closely guarded secret. However, there are plenty of theories out there.

Did They Make One Lucky Shot?

One such theory is that players have scored all those points on a single lucky shot. Surely not, I hear you say. However, just think for a moment: Have you ever fired a bird and got it wedged somewhere in between two obstacles? Very occasionally this can happen, and slowly your score starts to tick up. Usually, after a while, the bird breaks free and the points stop. But once or twice I have obtained a few thousand points from a lucky shot like this.

Could it be that a player has got a bird stuck somewhere and then just left it to accumulate a mass of points? Chances are, to register enough points to top the leaderboard, you would have to leave the game running for weeks on end—but it could happen.

Did They Install Cheat Patch Software?

Another theory that is far more plausible is that someone has come up with some kind of cheat patch software. The idea is this gives you unlimited chances of scoring points and makes the game very easy to manipulate.

Was Game Centre Hacked?

Another simple idea is that someone has simply hacked into the Game Centre control centre and doctored their score in that way. Again, this is something some people are no doubt capable of, and it would explain the extreme scores. One thing that really is a mystery is why the top two scores are the same. If you were able to just put in any score you wanted, surely you would make it higher than the first place score.

We May Never Know How These Scores Were Achieved

The fact is that there are possibly only 7 people in the world who know exactly how these outrageous Angry Birds high scores have been achieved. It’s interesting to look at some possibilities, but to be honest, it probably doesn’t matter. Many people believe that Game Centre should remove the top scores from the list as they are clearly fake, but as to whether they will or not remains to be seen.

So for now, don’t worry about trying to get 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 points on Angry Birds. Just play the game for fun and do your best to create your own high score.

Have Your Say

Comments

Andrew Orrell (author) from UK on August 09, 2019:

Can't argue with that logic!

ozzy on June 20, 2015:

my brother is crazy, medically... he has the time but will firget he did it....

August on December 22, 2011:

The score of 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 is also the high score for World 1. The names attached to this score have made/entered/hacked this score somewhere within the first 21 levels.

Tobi on December 17, 2011:

It's really unfortunate, this. Why not devote your hacking skills to building things that will add value to the lives of others rather than using them to cheat on such a casual game as angry birds. I saw the vid on youtube.. without even touching the screen or firing any bird, the everything on stage just turned to dust, including the pigs. it's really bad for the gaming spirit, i hope rovio can do something about it

nima on November 04, 2011:

k is completely right i think. that is a big int. but the scores are totally stupid!

Kelv on October 12, 2011:

Hoping someone can take action and removes the obvious cheating one.

Xavier on October 09, 2011:

the score that you see has to do with the way the maximum score was program in Angry birds. it doesn't matter if a player score more than 9,223,372,036,854,775,807. the counter will stop at 9,223,372,036,854,775,807. therefore, you wont be able to acumulate more poits.

James on September 13, 2011:

Just a follow-on to my previous comment which I can't edit. It's probable that the score for Angry Birds is held in a 64-bit integer variable in the programming language it's written in. So you can't higher than that.

James on September 13, 2011:

9,223,372,036,854,775,807 is 2 to the power of 63 minus one. Which is the largest 64-bit signed integer you can have. Why not to the power of 64? Because that last bit is used for the sign (ie. positive or negative number). Why minus 1? Well, because the numbering starts from 0 :).

Aardie on August 12, 2011:

I have noticed that the World 9 - Total Score board now has thousands of players with the same score of 991,440.

My theory is that someone has hacked the server and changed all of these scores. I can't imagine that all of these players each hacked their score to the same score.

Will on May 29, 2011:

These high scores are done by jailbroken ipods and iphones.

Deirdre R on May 16, 2011:

Cool - a whole load of Angry Birds Hubs to read though - thanks!

Kevin on April 25, 2011:

I know, this is crazy. I am currently playing Angry Birds Rio and there is one guy who scores 9 million points on 1 chapter!

I have tried every possible ways, get all the stars for the first chapter, get all the fruits and all the points I got is around 2 million.

K on April 18, 2011:

The high scores being the same is not odd at all -- they are the maximum allowable scores given a "bigint" variable -- 2^63.

albert on April 13, 2011:

see this video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td586ydLU40 for your answer

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