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      06.11.2012 16:56
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      A fantastic game at a bargain price!

      Sitting on the tube I kept seeing people around me playing this rather funky looking game on their iPhones, so I decided to investigate, ultimately resulting in me becoming hooked on Angry Birds.
       
      Angry Birds is my "bad day on the tube" saviour.  It stops me getting stressed if I am on a snail train.  I have now completed several in the series, including the Angry Bird Seasons, Angry Birds Rio and the Original Angry Birds.  Basically Angry Birds are go!
       
      -Who Created the Notion of an "Angry Bird"?-
      Angry Birds was created by a franchise of a Finnish computer game developer called Rovio Entertainment.  It was inspired by a sketch of stylized wingless birds with the first game being released for Apple software in December 2009.   Since then over 12 million copies of the game have been purchased from Apple's App Store and thus has since been redesigned for other smartphone brands.  In total over 1 billion Angry Birds games have been sold across platforms and it is the most successful app released so far.
       
      -Why do I Love Angry Birds?-
      Angry birds come in a variety of cute but angry-faced wingless birds which the player has to catapult into the targets and release, in the case of the "Rio" version these are captive unhappy looking winged birds and monkeys.  It's a simple idea which soon becomes very addictive!
       
      Here's Angry Bird Rio's synopsis:  "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 pairs the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the film."
       
      ...Let's look further at my at my little furry, digital friends from Rio...
       
      There's:
       
      1)      Little Blobby, furry red angry bird - he's the first one we meet and is just catapulted.
      2)      Big Blobby, furry red angry bird - he's a bigger more destructive version of little blobby bird.
      3)      Triangular, evil looking angry bird - he's a bit like a delta plane, very targeted.  After being catapulted if you tap the screen again Mr Triangular Angry Bird takes on a faster more defined hit and is good for target dives.
      4)      Mummy Blue Angry Bird - this is one blue bird, when after catapulting if you touch the screen again they multiply into three baby birds.  These are good for glass targets.
      5)      Eggy Angry Bid - this is an egg shaped Angry Bird which after catapulting if you tap the screen drops a bomb-egg.  Good for blasting target situations.
      6)      Blue Love Angry Birds - when catapulted this pair of adjoined birds is a little directionless, until you touch the screen, then they really go with force.
      7)      Bomb Angry Bird - he's a bomb, as suggested.  Catapult him then touch the screen when he is close to your target and he detonates - very effective!
       

      -Levels-
      There are lots of levels in every Angry Bird game which is great.  In Rio there are six episodes which are split into 180 levels, plus there are 12 bonus levels.  Lot's of play time here!  To pass a level you need to free all the caged birds, if you don't then you don't pass the level.  However there is another incentive - more points equal more stars at the end of a level.  Usually I go through and pass all the levels and then go back and replay the levels until I get the full three stars, meaning more points.  More points can be gained by not using all your Angry Bird hits, smashing more boxes etc and finding the special fruits which lead you to the bonus games.
       
      -Graphics-
      The graphics on this game are top-notch.  It is a very well thought out game with clear crisp images with a lot of detail both in the fore and background.  Even when you grow the screen to maximum size the picture is not at all pixelated and I am really impressed with the level of detail down to the background trees, the sea with boats moving in the background, the detail on the animals and the movements they make even when still or the clouds passing by when the scene is on an aeroplane.  Each level of the game depicts a different background scene, which is well thought out and consistently themed.
       
      -Difficulty-
      I'm not a games fan in general and would call myself an amateur when it comes to playing computer games so if I can complete this game it must be fairly easy.  Success in completing this game depends mainly on the player learning tactical moves, ie. what bird hits where best and at what point, plus the more you play the better your coordination with the game becomes.  I do find it much easier to play games by touch screen than on a keyboard on a PC and being able to touch the screen to manipulate the bird's moves does draw me closer into the game. 
       
      -Music-
      There is music and sounds, which I keep turned off as I don't want to annoy fellow passengers.  The music is quite funky and has a Latin American beat, inkeeping with the game's theme.  There are also sounds for each of the birds which is rather fun.
       
      -Summary-
      One of the best games I have played in a very long time.  Its fun, even if a little frustrating if I can't complete a level, making it somewhat addictive, so beware!  I see many suited and booted professionals on the tube playing this game, however I can image it also being of interest to children, probably around eight and up because of the vivid graphics and great little characters.  Perhaps for those of you who are game pros you would find this game a little simplistic, but for anyone else I would thoroughly recommend it AND for just 69p from iTunes you can't go wrong!

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        24.11.2011 20:18

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        Good value for money!

        my husband has this game for his iphone! Not only is he addicted, but I am too, as well as my six year old. Plenty of levels equals plenty of fun, and can kill a huge chunk of time when bored. It is very easy to navigate, as I said, even my six year old can play it easily, and doesnt find it hard to navigate through all the different levels.

        I will say though, that it can be very frustrating, so please note this when getting to the harder levels, but winning the harder levels is great, gets the adrenaline pumping for sure! The game is very cheap for what it is, and I would consider it a complete bargain.

        I hope that when I have my Ipod fixed I can get this game redownloaded as soon as possible as I have missed playing it alot! A great game

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        22.11.2011 18:46
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        Fun little game for the money

        After angry birds came angry birds seasons which at first i thought was going to be rubbish and a waste of money as they always update the original angry birds anyway and it was ok but then this came out too and i was definitely skeptical over what it had to offer but although i think i probably wouldn't have purchased it if i was more informed it is an alright game.



        For those who don't already know angry birds is a game based on the idea of firing various "angry" birds at various articles that are based to protect the pigs inside it, to complete the level you must destroy each pig and during the process damage as much of the stuff on the levels to maximize the amount of points you finish with. You then get graded on a starts basis of 1-3 dependent on how many points you achieved on the level.
        The game follows this idea that we were first introduced to with the original angry birds and is essentially the same but it is based in RIO. We also see the addition of a few new birds, the birds on the game have different powers such as some explode, others have super speed and again on this version we see a few new powers however they are only discovered half way in to the game so i want give any spoilers away. The game play in this one to me seems much easier than the original and seasons at the beginning but quickly becomes much more difficult which made me give up after a while.
        Like the others the game is simple to play and easy to understand so this makes it appealing for those with kids to entertain or time to kill as you can just get lost in your own little world playing and it's so simple anyone can do it. It is however quite a large file download for an app so you're better off ensuring that you have a WI-FI connection when you download it otherwise you may use a substantial amount of your data and battery.


        The game is definitely worth the 69p if you're an avid Angry birds fan however if like me you just play every know and then, then maybe just stick with the others as they are so large the chances of completion are difficult in my opinion and i get the feeling that i will never finish the game.

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          31.07.2011 18:33
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          A great game with more birds that are angry!

          It's the return of Angry Birds. Except, this time they are in Rio. More levels, more fun and more addiction. Over all, more time spent on your iPhone/iPod. These new levels are interesting and challenging, ranging in difficulty levels, all out of the film. The navigation controls around the stage are easy to zoom in and out and scroll left to right. Some levels are hard. There are 5 sets of levels and there are about around 20 in each set. I found it difficult getting past the first set! It is challenging and it isn't a game that you will complete in a day. Even when you complete every level, the fun's not over yet. You can still earn stars. You get stars depending on your score. So you can set personal challenges to get every single level 3 stars, which will be time consuming and hard, but will keep you busy.

          The game is suitable for everyone. It doesn't take long to download and is extremely popular. It's really cheap, and for the hours of fun you are going to get out of it, it's worth it. I recommend this to anyone. It's easy to use, and you'll get the hang of the physics. The main objective is to free birds. For instance, in the first set, they are locked in cages. There is different types of birds. They all have different abilities including multiplying themselves and boosting themselves. The birds are on a catapult. There are usually obstacles in the way preventing you from getting to them. You must use tactics with the special abilities.

          Great fun for everyone, highly recommended!

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          04.04.2011 22:38
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          Fantastic application - I would thorougly recommend it! x

          Within a week of writing a review on Angry Birds seasons (the Angry bird application that I believed was "ingenious" and the best of its kind) the massively exciting Angry Bird Rio, application for Iphone and Android was released. As suggested in the title this is a review on an application which is extremely new on the market, literally only been out a few days and therefore I cannot give a full view on all the levels (especially thinking that some levels come out in the following months of May, July, October and November respectively (a feature which has been adopted from the previous special addition Angry Birds Seasons and something I will comment on shortly).

          ==Introduction==

          If this application was to have a movie-introduction it would go a little like this (please imagine the appropriate voice, the fidgeting of children behind you and popcorn being spontaneously stepped on): 'From the creators of Ice age and the Developers of Angry Birds comes a game so brilliant, one could call it the best application... In the world'.

          You may be wondering: what is the application so called Angry Birds Rio (I will from now on refer to Angry Birds Rio as 'Rio', because I personally think Angry Birds Rio is rather laborious to say fourteen times let alone more). The easiest way to help improve you understanding is to do two things, first give you a brief introduction into the idea of Angry Birds and another description of the up and coming (2011) to be 20th Century Fox Entertainment animation Rio.

          ==Angry Birds==

          Angry Birds as a whole is a very simple concept you have an arsenal of birds, all of which have different powers for example there are blue ones (which split into three little ones) there are white ones (which fire eggs - as if they were a stealth bomber - or more of a B52 bomber plane as they are far from stealthy), there are little red ones and big red ones which smash through everything, there are black ones there are yellow ones and there are green ones.
          You take these birds and you aim them carefully with one finger, then... Bang... Let them fly. Then watch as the chaos unfolds. Though it sounds slightly simplistic it is far from it... I can assure you that!


          ==Rio==

          Rio is an up and coming animations from Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox, it is said to be a "potential must see" and is predicted to be a top seller. It is about two very rare parrots from the same species (Spix's Macaw) that fall in love in Rio de Janeiro and embark on a wondrous adventure when they get captured by poachers, wanting to sell them for a tidy profit. And that is all I can say as of course I have not seen the film because not even I have the powers to fast forward to its preview date, watch it then retell the story back to you.

          As far as I am concerned the generalise description seems perfect for an Angry Bird story line - but wait a second, a story line for an Angry birds game... how can that work?

          ==Now you know the background, a little more on the game==

          ===What makes Rio different to 'Seasons' or the original?===

          First of all, I will comment on the most obvious aspect, you don't flatten pigs anymore... instead you break the cages of trapped birds (of course attempting to fit in with the story line) and watch vibrantly colours birds flutter out as you set them free.

          I am unsure about this change in idea. I am sure some would argue that it is a step to far away from the basic structure of the game, after all that is all one could do on the originals. I too can reason with this argument, this difference is rather shocking at first, however in my opinion there is a second light to the matter - which becomes more apparent the longer you play the app.

          I think setting the birds free instead of popping pigs is a way of setting the app free. It opens a whole new horizon of ideas, an endless spectrum of possibilities, which is far from negative it is exciting. It is like giving that same old bedroom a new 'lick' of paint. It is fresh vibrant, of course different, but I deem it a sensible change in direction for Rovio.

          ===Secondly...===

          The interface of the game has slightly altered, along with the graphics. Simple things such as the star rating systems at the end of each level have been animated, so that you see your star rating improve as your score increases. The idea being it is more exciting. I however do not think it works as well, I think it looks a bit too 'Arcady' - far from the sleek professional appearance the previous two provided.

          Furthermore the interface of the game has remained similar to 'Seasons' the idea being new levels will be unlocked at different times of the month, with updates providing the needed data. Similar to seasons I think this aspect is fantastic. It makes the game all the more interesting the fact that the next month a whole new door will be opened. The same idea makes the value of the application better for the Iphone user, as usually, granted not always, but usually the updates are free (this only refers to Iphone users as Android users can get this app for free whereas Apple users have to purchase it for 59p).

          ===Apart from that...===

          As assumed before the release and to my relief the game has not strayed away from its inherited fame of the previous two angry birds. It is still as exhilarating, simplistic and plain 'fun', as the others however it has an additional 'Brazilian spice' which not only makes the game more recommendable but also makes it more addictive!

          ===What does Rio offer that the others don't?===

          Interestingly, this is the first Angry Bird application that has a solid story line, thus making it play more like a fully designed game rather than a carefree app (which I had previously like), but by no means is this negative. On the contrary the story line makes this version, Rio, slightly different; more unique than the other two were.

          Not only this but Rio offers a whole new structure of achievements and prizes, if you were familiar with the Angry Bird structure you would have remembered the golden egg prize format (golden eggs where hidden prizes, Easter eggs being the technical name, that you collected as a form of achievement). Fittingly Rovio (the producers of Angry Birds) have modified these Easter eggs and changed them into golden fruit, for example Pineapple. I personally love this aspect. I have found as of yet ten out of the fifteen golden pineapples (the first fruit unlocked out of a possible twelve) and I have been playing on the app for some time over the past week. So as you can see not only does this add another dynamic to the game it also vastly increases the potential gaming time. Thumbs up in that respect!

          Unfortunately the golden fruit (as far as I am aware, however I am sceptical about what happens when you find all fifteen of one fruit) do not unlock new levels to play on as the golden eggs did. But like I had previously mentioned I will update if I find otherwise.

          ==My favourite aspect==

          My favourite aspect of Rio is not the new interface, the rhythmic sound track or the traditional gameplay. No, it is the new backgrounds. I may seem like a rather sad, monotonous person as you read this but I think that the new backgrounds, a variety of detailed settings of which differ depending on the level make Rio stand out thoroughly compared to the tedious green and brown back ground of the ones before. A perfect example of this is the cargo hold backdrop, which is filled with crates that have been strategically placed to make the graphics seem slightly more in-depth and partially three dimensional (of course I am only commenting on the illusion 3D graphics as angry birds is not in 3D)

          ==Additional information==

          It is important to mention that the 'Rio' is only free on android and sadly and rather frustratingly for Apple users it is an additional fee of 59p which of course isn't worthy of breaking the bank but it seems slightly unfair how it costs via ITunes for exactly the same app when it is free on android. However it is not all gloom and doom for the iphone user as the only negative I have with this app is the reason why it is free on Android... ADVERTS!

          ==Adverts, the one and only negative==

          I completely realise that the only reason that android users get the game free is because Rovio and fellow producers Fox and Blue Sky can recuperate their costs through adverts and therefore don't have to charge me, or you, the users. However the adverts not only are an eye sore, being rather un-aesthetically pleasing but more frustratingly, they slow the whole application down. This is the first Angry birds App which has had to load on both my Ipod touch and my HTC Desire HD, i.e. after every level it almost buffers to allow succinct gaming on the next level. This of course is unexpected and rather annoying.

          Retrospectively my improvement: There should be the choice, like other games offer, to remove the adverts at a cost for both apple users and android. It seems strange why one has to pay and one doesn't...

          ==My lasting opinion==

          I really like this application. I think Angry Birds have done an exceptional job with not only improving previous series but revolutionising them. To take such a simple application and manipulate it to incorporate an animated story line, as clever and as imaginative as the one seen in Rio is extremely clever and without a doubt has pulled off (with a recorded 10 million downloads in ten days - impressive)

          I would highly recommend this to you, to your children, to your friends to your family. It is a fantastic application along with a really good fun game. I cannot urge you enough - modernise you mobile, your app list, unleash the full power of the little red bird - unleash Angry Birds Rio - and you will be flying back for more!

          Thank you for reading, I hope I have helped you either by informing you or helping you with your purchase, if you have any questions on anything I have not covered please feel free to send me an email or get in contact via my dooyoo account.

          BazzaBoyT

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