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Angry Birds Evolution
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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What's it about?
ANGRY BIRDS EVOLUTION takes a sharp left turn from previous games in the series by adding role-playing to its physics-based gameplay. Led by the evil Don Bacon (who wants to turn Bird Island into a hotel chain), those despicable pigs are at it again, pestering everyone's favorite fearless fowl. Players collect and power up over one hundred new birds with multiple evolution states Pokemon style, and fight off the swinish hordes with bands of bird brawlers. Familiar slingshot-style gameplay is spiced up with scouting for treasure and online arena battles.
Is it any good?
This funny action-RPG starts strong, but quickly descends into bugging you to pay for progress. You'll be happy as a lark powering-up its hilarious new bird fighters; with their varying powers and clever references to public figures, they're fun to play and a real hoot to collect. Still, once you get to around level ten or so, you'll find the free-to-play fun gets as endangered as the Dodo. In order to level up fighters, you need two things: gold and “fodder” - low-level birds to fuse to your high level ones. These things are won by fighting, fulfilling missions, and by using your scout team to search for them. What you discover too soon though, is it's hard to have enough of those essentials. Levels can't be replayed without scouting, and limited scouting runs means waiting for timers to tick down. Sure, you can fill some time creating or joining clans, participating in weekly events, or taking on other players in the “Oinktagon,” but eventually, things come to a halt as the app makes more and more demands for money. It even goes so far as to suggest you sign up for an auto-renewable subscription at $24.99/month, and that ain't chicken feed. Still, it's a tempting idea. Provided you have a sizeable nest egg, Angry Birds Evolution has a ton of flighty fun in store for you. And if you don't, well, you might go away from it as mad as a wet hen.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-game purchases.)
- Release date: June 14, 2017
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Adventures
- Size: 801.00 MB
- Publisher: Rovio Entertainment Ltd
- Version: 1.8.2
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
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