Angry Birds Epic

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Angry Birds Epic
Angry Birds Epic App Icon.jpg
Developer(s) Chimera Entertainment
Publisher(s) Rovio Entertainment
Series Angry Birds
Engine Unity
Platform(s) Android
iOS
Windows Phone
Release date(s) Canada, Australia, and New Zealand
March 17, 2014

Worldwide
June 12, 2014

Genre(s) Role-playing
Mode(s) Single Player

Angry Birds Epic is a free-to-play role-playing video game that is the ninth installment in the Angry Birds series, developed by Chimera Entertainment and published by Rovio Entertainment. The game was announced on March 12, 2014 and features turn-based combat and a crafting system. The game was soft launched March 17 on the Australia, New Zealand and Canada App Store,[1] and was released worldwide on June 12, 2014.[2]

Game details[edit]

The storyline begins with the player, playing as Red, trying to recover the stolen eggs by the Pigs. As the player progresses, new birds from the Angry Birds universe are added to the roster, including Chuck, Matilda, Bomb and the Blues (Jay, Jim and Jake).[3] Players are limited to choosing three birds from their roster - and sometimes fewer - in the various battles against the pigs.

Angry Birds Epic is set on Fantasy Piggy Island, with its characters residing in the existing Angry Birds universe. Pigs and the birds take on various acting roles in the game's cutscenes.

The logo of Angry Birds Epic.
Angry Birds Epic's Logo

Gameplay[edit]

Whenever a player selects a level, he or she can choose up to 3 birds, depending on the level. After selecting the characters and tapping the play button, enemy pigs appear on a landscape. Battles may be normal, involve multiple waves of enemies, or boss fights. To attack, players simply swipe from a bird to a pig. To use a secondary skill (mostly defense types), the player taps the bird. If the player swipes a bird into another bird, the secondary skill of the bird will be received by the other bird. Whenever a character (bird or pig) gets damage, a "rage chili" indicator fills up at the bottom of the screen. When full, players can swipe it to a bird to use their "rage" ability. After finishing a battle, the players can earn up to three stars, depending on their performance in that battle. More stars indicates more resources that the players receive as a reward for winning the battle.

Crafting System[edit]

Whenever the character is not in battle, players can equip and craft weapons, off-hand items, and consumable items. These items are obtained by spending an in-game currency called "Snoutlings", and include blueprints, abilities and crafting materials. These are earned by defeating pigs, opening Treasure Chests, and completing battles. Whenever the player crafts or brews something, their quantity (Potions), damage (Weapons), or health increase (off-hand items) are increased by a random number from zero to three. The golden Lucky Coins, however, are rare and used to buy certain classes, spin the Golden Pig Machine, hire the Mighty Eagle, buy permanent upgrades and emergency consumables in battle. They can be earned by defeating a "Daily Golden Pig", levelling up or through in-app purchases.

Reception[edit]

The game has received generally favorable reviews with a Metacritic score of 69/100 based on 11 reviews.[4] Cnet praised the solid gameplay, but did not like the numerous In-app purchases combined with the slow delivery of in-game items, as well as the always online to play requirement.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robertson, Andy (18 March 2014). "'Angry Birds Epic' Game-Play Reveals Detailed Tactical Combat". Forbes. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Angry Birds Epic Worldwide Release this Thursday, June 12th!". angrybirdsnest.com. 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Let’s Meet the Characters of Angry Birds Epic". AngryBirdsSecrets.com. 
  4. ^ "Angry Birds Epic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  5. ^ Starr, Michelle (2014-03-21). "Angry Birds Epic: fun, but heavy on the IAP - Games: PC, DS, PlayStation, Xbox & Wii". Cnet.com.au. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 

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