Angry Birds Rio takes the famous Birds on a mission unlike the rest of the series. In the earlier series, and numerous updates, the Angry Birds were pitted against the equally famous green pigs. Now the series takes on a new twist. Angry Birds Rio was created by developers Rovio Mobile to promote the filmRio. The story of the game uses the movie’s main characters Blu and Jewel.
About the Game
If you’ve played the earlier versions of Angry Birds, then you’ll not have a problem adjusting to Angry Birds Rio. However, you may miss the green pigs because they were unfortunately left out in this version.
In this version, the Angry Birds are taken to the magical city of Rio, but they were birdnapped. Being the lead characters of the game, they do eventually escape but two of their friends, Blu and Jewel, are still being held captive. The Angry Birds then set off on a mission to rescue their two friends.
Angry Birds Rio has 6 episodes with 180 levels. To make the game even more interesting, the developers have even added 12 bonus levels. Hidden along the way are special fruits and it is one of your challenges to find all of them.
Angry Birds Rio also features a Boss fight and this is where you will need to bring out all the skills you’ve been able to master. You’ll see how good you really are when you meet the Boss.
Not much really changed on the way the game is played with Angry Birds Rio. You will still need to slingshot the birds towards a structure in order to free their friends. The level of difficulty may have changed a little because there will be some obstacles that will meet the birds even when they are still up in the air heading towards their target.
The birds that are locked up in cages are surrounded by structures, much like the earlier versions. These structures can be made up of wood, glass, or metal. You’ll find it easy to break through some of the structures. On other structures, you’ll need to come up with a strategy to reduce them to rubble.
Your birds still have different powers and you’ll need to know exactly when to use their powers so you can help the birds complete their mission. Some birds separate in the air, while other birds explode or get larger to create bigger damage. Knowing the right areas to target and using the birds’ powers will help you complete the levels.
Are you good enough to earn a rating of 3 stars for every level? The ratings really don’t carry any weight when it comes to completing the levels, but getting a rating of 3 stars proves how good you are at playing the game.
If you don’t really care for getting high ratings and you simply want to enjoy the adventure, then there are lots of adventures here that will satisfy your needs. You may be a little surprised if you find you can get through majority of the first 20 levels a bit easier than you expected. The game was created that way. The first 20 levels are a bit more forgiving, but the rest just keep on getting harder and harder.
The reason the first parts of the game are forgiving is so that you can develop your skills or polish them. After the first 20 levels, you’re expected to have had enough practice so the game throws everything it has at you.
If you’ve already played the earlier versions of Angry Birds, then you’ll already be familiar on how to play Angry Birds Rio. You will still need to drag the slingshot back, move it up or down to adjust the trajectory, release to let go and tap again to while the bird is in mid air to use the bird’s powers.
In terms of interface, nothing really changed from the other versions of Angry Birds, so you can focus more on the story than having to learn something new.
Graphics and Sound Effects
The graphics and sound effects of the Angry Birds series is what have helped make the game so popular. Angry Birds Rio certainly does not lack in any of these aspects as well.Riois more of tropical setting and the graphics reflect the lines and colors of a tropical setting.
If you’re looking at something tropical then you’ll need to be hearing tropical sounds to complete the feeling. The tropical sounds in the game make playing a little bit more fun. Hearing the sound effects gives the feeling of a tropical breeze gently playing on your face.
Veteran gamers of the Angry Birds series may find the early parts of the game too easy. To them, this could be considered as a drawback, but Angry Birds Rio was not created only for experienced players. It was created for those who have not played Angry Birds before, and even those who have no experience playing mobile games.
This way, Angry Birds Rio captures a wider market of gamers – from the beginners to the advanced. If you’re an advanced player then don’t worry about breezing through the early levels. You’ll get the challenge you seek soon enough.
Most games created to promote a movie really don’t do the movie any justice at all, but Angry Birds Rio is totally different from most games. The developers not only worried about promoting the movie, but about promoting the game as well.
The total package that the early versions had which made them so popular is certainly not missing from Angry Birds Rio, even though it was developed to promote a movie. Which one was a greater success, the movie or Angry Birds Rio – you decide.
Angry Birds Rio
Developed By: Rovio
Requirements: Requires iOS 3.0 or later
Compatible With: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
Other OS: Android, Facebook, BlackBerry