What do you get when you take a popular mobile game franchise and turn it into a free-to-play role-playing game? You get Angry Birds Epic, the latest release from Rovio. Year after year, they’ve been adding titles to expand from the original Angry Birds game, which was an incredibly popular paid download featuring our fine feathered friends in a physics-based puzzle game. Now the birds star in a turn-based RPG where you need to battle enemy pigs on Pig Island.
A lot of the story is the same. Pigs steal eggs. Birds are, well, angry. Birds chase after pigs to rescue the eggs. Action and hilarity ensues. In this game, your birds have different classes–ranging from warrior to healer, and you need to fight a variety of enemy pigs on your quest to rescue five eggs.
The game is also free-to-play, which as mobile gaming experts understand, rarely means it’s actually free. Although you can get very far in the game without ever spending real money, the temptation is there and the game mechanics make it very easy to quickly shell out a lot of dough to make in-app purchases. So far the only real shared criticism of the game is that the IAP methods are too aggressive, especially to those who are used to the paid download model of the early Angry Birds games.
Personally, I love the game and have gotten pretty far along without having to spend any real money. I’ve been relying on Angry Birds Epic cheats and walkthroughs that I’ve found at various places on the Web. There’s lots of strategy involved, just like with the original games, but it’s a different sort of strategy–more of a combat mentality than knocking down towers. In the end, though, it’s a really fun game to play.