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

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