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Rovio Celebrates the Chinese New Year with a Big Series of Updates

Posted by Ellis Spice on February 23rd, 2015
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Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BIRDTASTIC :: Read Review »

A series of updates have arrived for Rovio games over the past few days, honoring the Chinese New Year. 

Angry Birds Epic and Rovio Stars title Jolly Jam have events paying homage to the Year of the Goat, while Angry Birds Go! and Angry Birds Stella are following the goat theme by adding in a new kart and a new set of levels in the Island Map, respectively. Plunder Pirates is avoiding the goat theme but instead honors the celebrations by decorating the island and adding in a new character, Ching Shih.

All of the previously mentioned games are available to download from the App Store now, for free.

Jolly Jam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TASTY JAM
Jolly Jam is a Match-3 style game but with a different approach than most.
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It's Bird vs. Bird in the New PvP Mode for Angry Birds Epic

Posted by Jessica Fisher on December 19th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE RPGING :: Read Review »

Rovio and Chimera Entertainment have released the hounds! No...wait I mean Birds! Angry Birds Epic has gotten a shiny new PVP mode, so now you can crush your friends with your bird army.

The pigs are taking a break from the beatings to watch the birds fight it out on “Terence’s ship” docked on the south beach of Piggy Island. The new update includes a league system that will let you climb the ladder of success by destroying your foe's banner. Just don't let them destroy yours. The battle is turn-based with a focus on tactical game play.

The update isn't the only thing to get excited about. Coming Dec 21, the game will also have a holiday season for all to enjoy. So download Angry Birds Epic on the App Store for free today to start wailing on each other.

Angry Birds is Officially Five Years Old Today, and Gets a New User-Created Episode to Celebrate

Posted by Rob Rich on December 11th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: GREAT :: Read Review »

Angry Birds, the unassuming (at the time) little physics game that later went on to become an empire, has turned five today. And after five years of a somewhat obscene amount of spin-offs and merchandising, and a reported 600+ billion birds being tossed at rickety structures, Rovio is celebrating with a new episode, titled Play the Next Level.

What makes Play the Next Level special is that each of the levels has been created by series fans. Rovio pulled the best of the best from the thousands of entries to give us all 30 all-new stages to enjoy.

They're also celebrating in the real world by hosting a party for a couple thousand local children, and will be giving all babies born in Finland on 12/11 a special edition baby Flock outfit. Because, you know, why not?

If you don't live in Finland you're out of luck with regards to the party and special edition jammies, but you can check out the new Play the Next Level "BirdDay" (ugh) episode right now.

The Weird and Wacky World of Angry Birds Merchandise

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 4th, 2014

Angry Birds has been around for 5 years this month. The original game has spawned many successful spin-offs - not only via mobile gaming but also on games consoles and PCs. It’s been a phenomenal success story; the kind that few could have accurately predicted. It’s spawned more than just games, though. It’s also given us so many different pieces of merchandise. You could probably fill a house with the stuff. There’s stationery, quilt covers, cuddly toys, and so many other Angry Birds related bits and pieces, both official and unofficial. We take a look at some of the more unusual things you can buy to satisfy your Angry Birds loving needs.

Mmmm, Tasty - Having the Angry Birds for Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Nadia Oxford on November 26th, 2014

The very first Angry Birds debuted on iOS back in 2009. When you sit back and tally up the number of Angry Birds games out there and the impact they've had on pop culture as a whole, you just need to ask yourself: "How would the birds taste following a three-hour engagement with a broiler?"

No, seriously. The anniversary of the Angry Birds and American Thanksgiving are in the same neighborhood, date-wise. And while not everyone eats fowl for Thanksgiving (or meat in general, for that matter), Thanksgiving is still synonymous with roasted bird-meat. So let's sit back, loosen our belts, and have a solemn conversation about how the Angry Birds would fare as a main course this holiday season.

Come on, it's worth considering. There are no wings to contend with, no drumsticks - not even any bones if the way they fling themselves around is any indication. The Angry Birds are just big buttery balls of white meat. That said, some probably make for better eating than others. Let's get on with this vital holiday breakdown.

United for Wildlife and Rovio Join Together to Help Save Pangolins

Posted by Ellis Spice on November 17th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PASSING ACQUAINTANCE :: Read Review »

United for Wildlife, a collaboration between seven of the world's largest conservation organizations including WWF-UK and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Finnish game developers Rovio, most famous as the creators of Angry Birds, have announced a partnership in an effort to help prevent the extinction of the Pangolin. Pangolins live in tropical regions of Asia and Africa, and all eight species are being threatened by illegal poaching.

From now until November 23, players can take part in a special tournament within Angry Birds Friends, 'Roll with the Pangolin', where they're tasked with freeing illegally captured pangolins. Rovio has also created a series of videos featured The Duke of Cambridge, President of United for Wildlife, describing the situation they face and the activities the group of charities is carrying out, with these available to watch from within the Toons TV channel within all Angry Birds games.

Retry Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on October 31st, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOARING HIGH
Flappy who? Let Retry wash all those bad bird-related memories away on a cool retro-flavored flight... right into the side of a cliff. Over and over and over again.
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Angry Birds Transformers Review

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By Jennifer Allen on October 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TRANSFORMED BIRDS
Transformed in a way you wouldn't expect, Angry Birds Transformers is a quite entertaining auto-runner.
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Interview With the Angry Birds Transformers Team

Posted by Nadia Oxford on October 20th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TRANSFORMED BIRDS :: Read Review »

Angry Birds Transformers recently transformed and rolled out worldwide. This run-and-gun title is a hit with young Transformers fans, but the ample references to classic Transformers fandom has also earned it a place in the hearts of long-time admirers of Optimus Prime. Nick Harper (Game Director for Exient Entertainment) and Mika Rahko (Executive Producer for Rovio) kindly took a few minutes to talk to 148Apps about the problems and inspirations that came to them while cross-breeding birds and robots.

Angry Birds are Crashing Puzzle & Dragons Next Week

Posted by Rob Rich on October 17th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TOASTY :: Read Review »

Next week, Puzzle & Dragons is getting a little angry. Because, you know, Angry Birds. It's a... a pun. I thought... never mind.

Anywhosits, starting next week on 10/20 and running through 11/2, Puzzle & Dragons will feature a brand new dungeon inspired by Angry Birds Epic. You'll be able to recruit the help of familiar Epic characters, as well as some classic birds for those who might have missed the last crossover event, and you'll of course be fighting some mean old piggies along the way.

You can download Puzzle & Dragons - and even Angry Birds Epic for that matter - off the App Store now for free.

It Came From Canada: Angry Birds: Transformers

Posted by Jordan Minor on September 30th, 2014

Anyone afraid that throwing Transformers into the Angry Birds mix would result in a Michael Bay-level of childhood pillaging can rest easy. While Rovio’s famous fowls may be a 21st century staple, Angry Birds: Transformers wears its affection for the 80s on its sleeve. But is mere retro reverence enough to justify this crossover? We find out in this edition of It Came From Canada!

The opening video reveals how the classic birds we all know and love have transformed into birds disguised as robots in disguise. But aside from establishing the story, the lavish animated intro’s attention to Saturday morning detail, right down to VHS scan lines, might be the best part of the game.

Fortunately the gameplay itself, while about as simple as a typical Transformers episode, is also about as action-packed. Plus the animation isn’t as cheap. Angry Birds: Transformers eschews the physics puzzles the series is known for in favor of something resembling an on-rails shooter. As avian Optimus Prime or beaked Bumblebee constantly run from left to right, and players tap to shoot down Decepticon pigs in the background. Targeting weak points on fortresses to squish enemies more efficiently is about as close as the game gets to traditional Angry Birds strategies. Of course, since this is a Transformers game, players will also occasionally need to change their robots into vehicles to speed past collapsing columns.

As players blast more pigs they’ll open up more parts of the map, unlocking new characters with unique weapons like lasers or missiles. However, we weren’t able to access special Jenga levels since we didn’t have the codes. Between battles players can also upgrade characters to increase their strength and durability. Doing so gives players a close-up look at the bird bots themselves, and their colorful boxy models amusingly marry the aesthetics of both franchises while still maintaining what separately makes them iconic. And even better, there are barely any hints of ugly, cluttered 'Bayformers' in their designs.

Apart, Angry Birds and Transformers have already made all the money in the world. So we can’t imagine what they can do together - especially with Skylanders-style toy integration. Expect Angry Birds: Transformers to transform and roll out everywhere soon.

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Plunder Pirates Review

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By Jennifer Allen on September 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: JOLLY ADVENTURING
Build a base and explore the high seas in Rovio Stars' Plunder Pirates.
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Angry Birds Stella Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: THE SAME
A few tweaks to the familiar format, Angry Birds Stella will appeal to fans, but will also infuriate at times.
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A Beginner's Guide to Angry Birds Epic - Tips, Tricks, and Pig-Walloping Strategies

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 24th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE RPGING :: Read Review »

In some cases, Angry Birds Epic is going to be many players' first encounter with a turn-based RPG. While it might not be the deepest of experiences to old-hands at the genre, we felt it was the perfect time to provide you with some helpful hints to start you off, as you work towards wiping out the evil pigs yet again.



Basic Battle Strategies


Regular RPG players will tell you that there are a few core principles that apply no matter what game you're playing. Angry Birds Epic is no different in that respect.

  • Knowing your enemy is always key in these kind of instances. Angry Birds Epic makes it simple with holding a finger to each pig - enabling you to see what abilities they possess, so you know exactly what to expect.

  • There's no penalty for exiting to the map at this point so you can easily do that to change birds or hats (special abilities), so that you're at your strongest for each fight. Remember: different classes work better in different situations!

  • Generally, you should always focus on healer pigs or ones that can resurrect other downed pigs. There's no point inflicting plenty of damage on other enemies if the healer can undo your good work with one spell!

  • Some pigs are immune to certain statuses, so consider that before you make your move. A pig that can resist poison? Well, don't bother trying to poison it then! It's a simple idea, but one that can easily be forgotten about in the heat of battle.

  • There's nothing to be gained from weakening multiple pigs at once, so always focus on one pig at a time. Ideally, and assuming there aren't healing pigs to pick on, you should go for the weaker and smaller prey first before taking out the big brutes.

  • After you've built up a sufficient number of attacks, you can use a rage chilli to perform a special attack that relates to that character's abilities. Use it up whenever possible. They don't carry over between battles so there's no point letting it go to waste! The only exception here is when dealing with wave battles as it's better to save the chilli for the start of a new wave. They replenish frequently so you can often use a couple during a series of battles.

  • Unlike in other RPGs, using a health potion doesn't take up a turn. It's a small yet significant thing to consider, given it can make all the difference in battle.

  • Struggling to defeat a particularly tricky foe? Watch the videos that Rovio keep offering. These give you a 20% increase in health and attack power. They're limited in number so try to save them for a special occasion. They can really make all the difference.

  • Always have a healer in your party. Attacking like crazy is all well and good, but it's pointless if you get wiped out too soon. Healing helps. A lot.



    General tips

  • Equipment is key throughout Angry Birds Epic. It's simple enough to craft from pieces gained during battle, but there are some useful ways to make it all the better.

  • Replay missions often for more items and loot that can then be used elsewhere. Plus, aim for those magical three-star victories. These are based upon how much health you have at the end of a battle so heal up just before the end for the maximum chance of three stars.

  • Check the scavenge points every day for new loot to be acquired. It can be pretty profitable.

  • Similarly, daily dungeons unlock after a certain point and these are invaluable.

  • Get friends involved as they can enable you to re-roll when crafting equipment. Re-rolling dictates whether you get the fabled 3 star piece of equipment or a weaker 2 star one.

  • Save up for a Golden Anvil. It's not cheap, needing Lucky Coins to buy one, but keep leveling up and play naturally for a week or two and this should be possible. A Golden Anvil means better gear, which makes all the difference in battle.