Angry Birds Rio – Review – No egg-stealing pigs to destroy here, only smuggled birds to be saved

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On February 21, 2012

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Angry Birds Rio – Review – No egg-stealing pigs to destroy here, only smuggled birds to be saved

Our rating:

By: Rovio Mobile Ltd

Version #: 1.4.2

Date Released: 2012-01-26

Developer: Rovio Mobile Ltd

Price: 0.99

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Can you imagine playing Angry Birds without the devious pigs who stole the birds’ precious eggs, thereby provoking their ire? If not, then chances are you haven’t played a single episode of Angry Birds Rio.

Angry Birds Rio, available for the iPhone at only $0.99, is another title in the popular Angry Birds series. Unlike the other Angry Birds offerings, though, Angry Birds Rio is devoid of those gosh-darned, sneering swine, which by dint of ubiquitous marketing have become almost as popular as the titular birds themselves. But, you may ask, if there are no pigs to anger the birds, then how come they’re still angry in Angry Birds Rio? Good question, one whose answer lies in the name of the game itself.

Angry Birds Rio is the result of a tie-up between Rovio Mobile, the creators of Angry Birds, and Blue Sky and 20th Century Fox, the producer and distributor of the hit 2011 animated film Rio. In the movie, exotic birds are smuggled by shady syndicates. In the game inspired by the movie, the birds of the original Angry Birds get kidnapped to Rio de Janeiro, and the moment they see all the smuggled birds in the smugglers’ den they get angry. So angry that they eventually break out of their cage in order to free their captured kin.

The familiar slighshot setup of the original game has been rehashed not with the aim of destroying enemy pigs but of helping bird friends break free by destroying their cages stacked among boxes, blocks, and crates. Newcomers to the Angry Birds world will be benefited by the game’s introductory help tips, including tips on the basic act of dragging and releasing the slingshot to hurl birds into the air and on the different abilities of the differently colored angry birds. The basic red birds fly towards the cages without any fuss, and the yellow ones gain fresh momentum and the blue little ones divide into three when tapped mid-flight. There are also the white bomb-dropping birds and the black exploding ones.

More kinds of angry birds are introduced as you progress, but none are as powerful as the Mighty Eagle. The Mighty Eagle is a $0.99 in-app purchase that you can use for as many times as you want, with each use giving you instant escape from a particularly tricky level.

Angry Birds Rio offers hours of projectile puzzle-solving with its 180 levels divided into six chapters. These chapters are inspired by the sequential set pieces in Rio: Smugglers’ Den, Jungle Escape, Beach Volley, Carnival Upheaval, Airfield Chase, and Smugglers’ Plane. This way you’re not only playing Angry Birds Rio but also reliving the story of Rio, complete with a festive Angry Birds Rio samba theme.

Quick Take

Value:Very high.

Would I Buy Again:Yes.

Learning Curve:Low.

Who Is It For:Fans of the original Angry Birds game and fans of the movie Rio.

What I Like:The Rio-inspired back story, doing away with the enemy pigs.

What I Don't Like:No clear-cut instruction on what constitutes a three-star score.

Final Statement:Angry Birds Rio, like Rio the movie and Rio the city, is lots of fun.

Read the Developer's Notes:
What happens when everyone's favorite fierce fowl get caged and shipped to Rio? They get very angry!

In Angry Birds Rio, the original Angry Birds are kidnapped and taken to the magical city of Rio de Janeiro, where they eventually escape their captors and set out to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the hit motion picture, Rio. Angry Birds Rio will pair the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the film.

The latest Angry Birds Rio update features the exciting conclusion of Smugglers’ Plane! The Angry Birds have followed the smugglers to their airplane, and they have the ringleader cornered. But can they defeat Nigel in time to save their friends?

The new update features fifteen new levels, a nail-biting boss fight, and the new Orange bird!

For iOS, users can earn even more achievements to impress their friends! Mighty Eagle also now available!

We'll have more levels for Angry Birds Rio coming up soon, so stay tuned!

Angry Birds Rio features:
- Six fantastic episodes with 180 exciting levels!
- Completely new achievements!
- Special Hidden fruits - discover them all!
- Put your Angry Birds skills to the ultimate test in spectacular boss fights!

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