[Review] Angry Birds Epic

Angry Birds Epic is one of the most trending topics this week, so let us see what Rovio has in store for us this time.

Download Links

  • Angry Birds Epic [Android, iOS, Windows Phone]
  • Price: Free
  • IAPs: Yes
  • Age Category: 4+, but beware of IAPs since there is no way to restrict them.

Overview

Angry Birds Epic is a free game that takes your favorite limbless poultry to a cartoony RPG, where the villains are naturally the Pigs. It still is Angry Birds – your kids’ favorite and much-adored characters, and even though you no longer need to aim and shoot at various structures to free the eggs, or birds, or kill the piggies, the game still holds that familiar childish touch to it.

In this respect, little has changed and those who weren’t touched by the previous Angry Birds’ charm, or simply got tired of it, aren’t likely to revive the crush. However, if you are still loyal to Rovio, or are a kid, you will definitely enjoy this funny, light-hearted adventure.

Gameplay

Epic starts off with you having one bird only, Red. It’s the same red bird, but wearing a helmet, armed with a ‘sword’ and a shield. Red is strong in melee attacks and can cast a shield over its team members. As you progress and complete levels, you unlock more birds – Chuck the Wizard, Matilda the Healer, the big black bird-bomb I don’t know the name of, and more, but you only have three bird slots, so you can only take three birds to fight.

The Pigs are represented by Prince Porky, pirates and well, all sorts of greenery. At first, the gameplay is light and easy, so any child will be able to pick it up and play immediately without spending time to sort out the birds’ special abilities.

However, as you progress, you will inevitably have to go to the Nest and explore your options in weaponry and potions. Be careful not to waste your coins on too much Banana drink at start when the geame is easy – you are going to need it later on when it gets tough.

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The Epic world is a well-drawn Map, the kind you saw in the Candy Crush and Farm Heroes Saga. With each new level, pigs run further away with the eggs, and the birds chase them. Overall, the gameplay is light and enjoyable at the beginning, as you unlock new birds and explore their abilities, toying with Banana drink and Chili. Speaking about the pepper, it gets filled up as you fight, and when it’s full you can use it to boost one of the birds’ attack power.

Each battle is a turn-based tap and attack melee, simple yet solid. The pigs are always positioned on the right, the birds on the left. The birds attack first, but then they need to deal with the damage. The less damage you get, the more stars you win at the end. As usual, you can win 3 stars max, and the corresponding number of loot you get by spinning the wheel. Loot can later be used to make potions and craft stuff that can help you fight.

IAPs

Once you unlock four birds, the game gets suddenly tough, since you’ve already spent the coins ‘snoutlings’, drank up all your Banana cocktails to boost health, and your birdies are on their own against the unfairly increasing number of green swine. So, begins the drastic bird massacre and unless you/your kids can tolerate waiting and trying different bird configurations and mingling with the Nest, you will have to buy.

In-app purchases are pretty expensive, and don’t last long enough since potions and purchasable stuff is quite expensive. Besides, there is no way you can restrict the IAPs, so that the little impatient fingers don’t get your savings account in trouble. There is, however, one great solution to that – create a standalone user account with no payment methods attached and let your kids have all the fun they want.

Having said that, IAPs are understandable since the developers need to monetize their work, and Epic is free, but you can simply lose the rush to play after you lose the same battle 10 times in a row, i.e. if you don’t want to pay. Nonetheless, if you bet the Angry Birds Space or Star Wars without IAPs, you can beat the Epic some day, too.

Gold coins get you additional fortune wheel spins; silver coins get you gear upgrades; there are also gems, but I missed what I got for them. You get incentivized for watching ads and connecting your Facebook account.

Visuals and Music

As usual, cartoony graphics are fine and age-appropriate, while the sound score is utterly dull and after a while I turned it off altogether.

Pros

  • Accessible and fun gameplay
  • Solid for kids and genre newbies, but too light on the RPG veterans.
  • Loads of unique content
  • Has both depth and challenge

Cons

  • IAPs – no parental gate. The materials you need to obtain are too slow to unlock – gold coins, gems, weapons and shields, and if you resort to in-app purchases you can cash out $5 for 1250 silver coins, but provided one potion ingredient costs at least 100 coins, you run out of money quickly.
  • Internet – the game needs stable Internet connection to run, and comparing with the recently reviewed Star Wars: Assault Team, Epic is very slow to load, and too quick to lose connection. Reconnect doesn’t work for me, and each time I had to shut down the game from the AVG’s process monitor and re-launch it – quite annoying and discouraging. It also disqualifies Epic from the list of ‘take it to the road trip’ for kids games.
  • Sound score is overall dull and unimpressive.
  • The game gets repetitive and somewhat boring when you start losing the uneven 3:5 battles.
  • Not too much to explore

Conclusion

A big fan of the Angry Birds series and all things Rovio, especially the Space, Star Wars, themed rubber key chains and Bad Piggies, I wasn’t too impressed with Epic, although it has its peculiar charm. Internet connection requirement with a certain focus on IAPs make it a king of the day for the Angry Birds loyal fans and kids. However, when the novelty wears off and the gameplay gets tough, Epic’s silly-hat charm starts to fade. Should you try it – definitely yes, and you are most likely to enjoy it than not, but my guess it won’t be your favorite Rovio release.