Angry Birds Rio

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Angry Birds Rio
Angry Birds Rio.png
Angry Birds Rio logo
Developer(s) Rovio Entertainment
Fox Digital Entertainment
Blue Sky Studios
Publisher(s) Rovio Entertainment
Producer(s) Peter Vesterbacka, Niklas Hed, Mikael Hed, Petri Jarvilёnto.
Designer(s) Markus Tuppurainen, Jaakko lisalo
Series Angry Birds
Engine Box2D
Platform(s) iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows, Symbian^3, HP webOS, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Windows Phone
Release date(s) March 22, 2011
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Angry Birds Rio is the third puzzle video game in the Angry Birds series, developed by Rovio Entertainment. Based on the wildly successful Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio was released for devices using Apple's iOS, Google's Android and Mac OS X in March 2011.[1] The game was released as a marketing tie-in with the 20th Century Fox animated film Rio, and was promoted along with the movie.[2] While utilizing the same basic gameplay as the original game, Angry Birds Rio added a number of new elements, most notably the first use of boss levels. The game is consistently one of the top downloaded applications on both the App Store and the Play Store.

Gameplay[edit]

In Rio, the Angry Birds have been kidnapped and taken to Rio.[1] Just as in the original Angry Birds, players use a slingshot to launch birds at nearby structures, with the intent of hitting targets located on or within them. Instead of the pigs that have stolen eggs, players must now rescue caged exotic birds or defeat Nigel's marmosets, depending on the level being played. Because of the game's setting, several characters from Rio make appearances. Blu and Jewel both feature as types of bird exclusive to this game, along with all the existing birds from the series.

The game also includes the first boss fights to appear in the series, when the player uses the birds to defeat Nigel, the main antagonist from the film, as well as Mauro, the leader of the marmosets. In other levels, Luiz helps defeat the marmosets and destroys materials and blocks to get the player extra points.[3] as well as hidden items to collect as the player progresses through the game.[4]

Release[edit]

Angry Birds Rio initially included two chapters, "Smugglers' Den" and "Jungle Escape", each with 30 levels.[5] Since then, the game has been expanded with three additional 30-level chapters—"Beach Volley" (released in May 2011), "Carnival Upheaval" (released in June 2011), and "Airfield Chase" (released in August 2011)—along with a 15-level chapter, "Golden Beachball", which is unlocked by finding a hidden item in "Beach Volley" (iOS, Android) or by entering a redeem code from Rio DVD (PC, Mac). A final named "Smugglers' Plane" (released in November 2011) was released with initially with 15 levels, with the final 15 levels released later (January 2012). Each chapter has a special fruit that may be rarely found as gold. "Smugglers' Den" has pineapples, "Jungle Escape" has bananas, "Beach Volley" has watermelons, "Carnival Upheaval" has papayas, "Airfield Chase" has apples, "Smugglers' Plane" has mangoes, "Market Mayhem" has strawberries, and "Rocket Rumble" has golden rockets. In July 2013, the "Golden Beachball" episode received 15 more levels, golden cherries, and a new background. This episode is now available from the start of the game.

On March 2012, the Trophy Room update was released, with 12 new levels that are each unlocked when a player finishes a chapter or collects all 15 of a certain golden fruit. This update was first released in the Android (Amazon AppStore ad-free) version before making its way to iOS.[6] On December 18, 2012; a new update landed for iOS and Android adding 24 new levels. This levels are earned by getting from 30 to 70 stars on each episode or by earning 10 Mighty Eagles' Feathers on each episode (4 extra levels on each episode). This episode also added Power-Ups. The Power-Ups were Super Seeds and Sling Scope from the Angry Birds original app and 2 new power-ups (Samba Burst and TNT Drop, which this has been seen on a previous Angry Birds Friends Christmas Tournament). On March 11, 2013, another update was released, adding a "Market Mayhem" episode with 34 levels (3 stars levels and 1 Mighty Eagle level). On July 25, AB Rio's app icon was updated and Golden Beachball added a golden fruit and 15 new levels. In addition, The trophy room levels were combined into the episode they were earned from.

Four Angry Birds Rio episodes — all visually tied to Rio 2 were be released from late 2013 to July 2014 and these episodes will feature refreshed graphics.[7] The Timber Tumble episode adds a hint feature that tells where to sling the bird.

Episodes[edit]

# Rio 1 Episodes Levels Release date Special Features
1 Smugglers' Den 36 March 22, 2011 Golden Pineapples
2 Jungle Escape 36 March 22, 2011 Golden Bananas, Nigel Boss Fight
3 Beach Volley 36 May 12, 2011 Golden Watermelons, Sand, Luiz
4 Carnival Upheaval 36 June 8, 2011 Golden Papayas, Balloons, Mauro Boss Fight
5 Airfield Chase 36 August 18, 2011 Golden Apples
6 Smugglers' Plane 36 November 22, 2011 Golden Mangos, Nigel Boss Fight
7 Market Mayhem 36 March 11, 2013 Golden Strawberries
8 Golden Beachball 36 August 1, 2011 Golden Cherries, Hard Difficulty
B Bonus Awards 12 March 16, 2012 Unlocked by collecting golden objects, later combined with each episode
# Rio 2 Episodes Levels Release date Special Features
P Playground 5 February 20, 2014 Levels have infinite Power-ups and Mighty Eagle uses
1 Rocket Rumble 26 December 18, 2013 Golden Rockets, Fireworks
2 High Dive 26 February 20, 2014 Golden Chests, Fluid Physics, Caged dolphins, rescuing Nigel by accident
3 Blossom River 26 April 10, 2014 Golden Anchor, Boats, Nigel Boss Fight
4 Timber Tumble 26 July 15, 2014 Golden Gears, Logging equipment, New power-up - Call The Flock
H Hidden Harbor 15 July 15, 2014 Bonus episode unlocked by item in 12-14

Reception[edit]

The game has received generally favourable reviews, with a Metacritic score of 87% based on 18 reviews.[8] Ryan Rigney of GamePro saying the iOS version "boasts some notable improvements on its predecessors"[9] and Levi Buchanan of IGN, in his review of the Android version, calling the game "a smart, snappy new chapter for the series".[10] Jim Squires of Gamezebo complimented the game's attempts to add new material and mechanics, saying "some evolution needs to happen if it wants to have the long term staying power of a Mario or a Pac-Man."[3] However, Squires did take issue with the new boss battles, calling them "a little anti-climactic".[3] Tracy Erickson of Pocket Gamer noted that "what Angry Birds Rio lacks in new ideas and freshness, it makes up in quality gameplay and good value".[11]

Since release, Angry Birds Rio has been downloaded more than 10 million times,[12] and it has been one of the top downloaded games at both the Apple App Store[13][14] and Google Play.[15][16][17]


Ports[edit]

At the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, Rovio and distribution partner Activision announced plans to bring Angry Birds Rio and two other games, the original Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons, to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS systems.[18] Bundled together as Angry Birds Trilogy, the games will be built specifically for their respective consoles, taking advantage of their unique features, such as support for PlayStation Move, Kinect, high-definition displays, and glasses-free 3D visuals.[18]

It is also available for Wii and Wii U as part of Angry Birds Trilogy.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paul Suarez (2011-01-29). "'Angry Birds Rio' Release Teams With Hollywood". PCWorld.com. Archived from the original on 5 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  2. ^ "New version of Angry Birds game will tie into animated movie Rio". VentureBeat. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  3. ^ a b c Jim Squires (2011-03-22). "Angry Birds Rio Review". Gamezebo.com. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  4. ^ Rovio Mobile (2011-03-22). Angry Birds Rio (v1.0.0). Rovio Mobile. Scene: Level Select Menu. 
  5. ^ Rovio Mobile (2011-03-22). Angry Birds Rio (v1.0.0). Rovio Mobile. Scene: Level Select Menu. Level/area: 1-1. 
  6. ^ "Updates for Angry Birds and Angry Birds Rio!". Rovio.com. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  7. ^ Johnston, Susie. "New Angry Birds Rio Rocket Rumble Update Out Now!". AngryBirdsNest. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  8. ^ "Angry Birds Rio for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  9. ^ Ryan Rigney (2011-03-24). "iOS Game of the Day: Angry Birds Rio Review". GamePro.com. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  10. ^ Levi Buchanan (March 22, 2011). "Angry Birds Rio Android Review: You will know why the caged bird flings.". IGN. Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  11. ^ Tracy Erickson (2011-03-23). "Angry Birds Rio Review". PocketGamer.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  12. ^ Chloe Albanesius (2011-04-04). "Angry Birds Rio Downloaded 10M Times". PCMag.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  13. ^ "News - Top iPad Game Apps: Contre Jour, Peggle HD See Fast-Selling Debuts". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  14. ^ "News - Top iPhone Game Apps: Cover Orange Leads Free Charts". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  15. ^ "News - Top Android Game Apps: Cut the Rope, Death Worm Head Platform Sales". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  16. ^ "Angry Birds Rio". Androidrank. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  17. ^ "Top Arcade Android Games for 2014-08-10 Part 4". Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  18. ^ a b Greg Miller (2012-07-10). "Angry Birds Trilogy Coming to PS3, 360 and 3DS". ign.com. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 

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