Angry Birds Epic
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Angry Birds Epic is a turn-based combat game that takes the familiar characters from the Angry Birds universe and puts them in a new style of gameplay. Rather than flinging themselves at structures, the birds fight the pigs directly. Although the violence is all cartoonish, it might be too much for very young players who like the original. The game is free but heavy with ads and subtle in-app purchase incentives (prices range up to $90).
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What's it about?
Rather than flinging birds at structures, ANGRY BIRDS EPIC puts them on the ground to fight against the egg-stealing pigs one-on-one in a turn-based combat scenario. Players control one to three birds, each of whom has an offensive move, a defensive move, and a special ability. The trick to winning is using these in the right combination against a variety of pigs, who also have their own special moves (ranging from calling in reinforcements to throwing up a smoke screen). As you level up with experience, you can craft new items and defensive tools.
Is it any good?
Angry Birds Epic isn't perfect, but it's a credit to the developer that the long-in-the-tooth series is finally trying something new. Turn-based combat is more niche than the physics-based game the franchise is known for, but those who stick with the game will find it to be surprisingly deep, with a varied assortment of enemies and abilities that keep the game interesting, despite its rather repetitious nature.
Overhanging all this, though, is the push for users to buy items, eventually leading to an in-app purchase with real money. You don't necessarily have to buy something, but the game becomes incredibly hard to win without doing so after an hour or two. Still, Rovio has managed to take a genre that can easily become too convoluted and made it accessible -- and fun. It's definitely worth checking out, even if you think you've had it with Angry Birds.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free (In-app purchases range from $1 to $90.)
- Release date: June 10, 2014
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Size: 96.50 MB
- Publisher: Rovio Entertainment Ltd
- Version: 1.0.8
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
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