Angry Birds Epic



Surprisingly deep app trades aerial combat for ground fight.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The play style is different from what you might expect from an Angry Birds game, but it's very easy to learn. 

Violence & scariness

You'll fight the pigs with weapons in hand this time, though that's never explicitly shown. But there are dustups and the sounds of a fight as they battle relentlessly. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Copious ads appear between levels, and there's an underlying push to purchase power-ups, though the game is less in-your-face about this than some others. There also are some areas of the game that are locked off unless you get Facebook friends to assist you or pay to access them. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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). 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stealing -- and how angry it can make people. 

  • Families also can talk about whether violence is an acceptable solution when you're upset. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 10, 2014
Category:Role Playing Games
Size:96.50 MB
Publisher:Rovio Entertainment Ltd
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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