The day has finally come… Angry Birds Rio! An all new game from developer Rovio Mobile (http://www NULL.roviomobile NULL.com). At about 11:00pm ET the iOS app store was updated with the new $0.99 game. The fundamentals are the same, but you’re not killing pigs, you’re resucuing rare birds from the film Rio (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=Bf6zeRwk5LE). There looks to be a lot of staying power for the game as well, there seems to be a lot of different levels, but only the first 2 are unlocked at first. The others look to unlock similar to how Angry Birds Seasons handled Christmas, with time. Each month March and April are already unlocked (April 15th is when Rio hits theaters) and then one level each month till November (I’d assume this is when the DVD/Blu-Ray will hit stores). Over all a great marketing idea by 20th Century Fox, keeps people that are playing the game because of the movie playing it until the movie can be purchased.

As for the game, it’s the usualy Angry Birds but there are minor differences, yeah wood, cement and glass structures are there, but there are other materials too, took me a couple of tries to figure out how to use them to my advantage. Gone are the Golden Eggs, replaced by Golden Fruit, but still just as hidden. Only down side to a seasoned Angry Birds player is that it’s simpler to master the first couple of levels, which is expected for a all new game, but I expect them to really ramp it up and quick since the game is extremely popular.

More insights, the gameplay trailer and screenshots after the jump

Now the reviews show that people are just as dissapointed in the fact that ‘ads’ are in the pause screen, but they seem to be more responsive than what showed up in the most recent Angry Birds update so it doesn’t lag. I’d also like to point out that these are not ads as in hawking products, they simply show you other items from Rovio Mobile like the other Angry Birds games, Mighty Eagle trailers, their site where you can get plush toys etc. As a true fan I don’t mind this because it’s just showing you where you can get some cool fan swag.

Over all, I consider this a must buy, yes it’s not free (but there is a free version out there) but it’s only $0.99, you lose much from your pocket when you sit down in your car.


 

Description

Angry Birds Rio

What happens when everybody’s favourite fierce fowl get caged and shipped to Rio? They get very angry!

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 to save their friends, Blu and Jewel – two rare macaws and the stars of the upcoming Fox motion picture, Rio. Angry Birds Rio will pair the physics-based gameplay of the original game with unique twists based on the film.

Angry Birds Rio features:
– Two fantastic episodes with 60 exciting levels!
– Completely new achievements!
– Special Hidden fruits – discover them all!
– Put your Angry Birds skills to the ultimate test in a spectacular boss fight!

Expect plenty more where this came from: Episodic updates throughout 2011!

The most exciting of avian adventures continues! Help the Angry Birds to free their friends and defeat the evil smugglers! Stay tuned for further fun episodes!

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