Angry Birds Mighty Eagle Explained

Since it’s release on iOS devices the Mighty Eagle has been shrouded with mystery. This article and Q&A aims to clear up some of that confusion.

So, what exactly is the Mighty Eagle? Put simply, the Mighty Eagle is an in-app purchase that can help you pass a level.  But that is not all.  It also adds a new dimension to Angry Birds — in a way it’s a game inside the game (more on that later).

Current Availability

The Mighty Eagle is currently available on the following platforms (last updated July 2013):

  • iOS: All 5 apps!
    Angry Birds on December 20th, 2010, Seasons on August 22nd, 2011, Rio on October 27th, 2011, Space on March 22nd, 2012, and Star Wars on November 8th, 2012.
  • Android via Google Play: All 5 apps!
    Angry Birds on August 8th, 2012, Seasons on March 13th, 2013, Rio on December 18th, 2012, Space on June 5th, 2012, and Star Wars on November 8th, 2012.
  • T-Mobile Android Devices: Angry Birds via the T-Mobile Mall on September 30th, 2011.
  • NOOK Color: Angry Birds on June 30th, 2011 for free within Barnes & Noble stores via Angry Birds Magic.
  • Chrome Beta: December 1st, 2011 (with a free trial in Poached Eggs).
  • Facebook: February 13th, 2012 (with a very different cost/payment system, so refer to its main post).
  • Need help getting feathers / total destruction? We have a bunch of Mighty Eagle walkthrough videos available for most of the more challenging levels. If no video exists for the level you need, you can make a request in the forum.

Important Disclaimer

Foremost, the Mighty Eagle is a separate in-app purchase for each app. In the original Angry Birds, Seasons, and Rio, a 1-time purchase will gain unlimited use, per the Q&A that appears below. In Space and Star Wars, “Mighty usage” is a consumable IAP and subject to different pricing. The Q&A below is not 100% accurate for these “consumable Mighties”, and you should refer to our Classroom Lessons for additional references and details.

Questions and Answers.

After purchasing the Mighty Eagle you can to use it to pass a level once per hour, or, if you’ve already passed a level you can use it as often as you like.   Using it will not yield any stars or points, but rather it calculates a percentage of destruction, with 100% destruction being Total Destruction.  When you do receive Total Destruction on a given level you will receive a feather.  Ultimately your goal is to obtain a feather on every single level of the game.  On some levels this is NOT an easy task.   Fortunately we have some video walkthroughs available for the most challenging levels.

Okay, so how does it work from within the game? After you purchase the Mighty Eagle you have to activate it from within a particular level.  This is simply done by tapping the eagle eye icon that appears next to the pause button on every level. It’s important to note that you can then use it in conjunction with your other birds (actually, on many levels you can’t receive Total Destruction without using them together).

After you activate the Mighty Eagle your slingshot is loaded with a can of sardines. You then hurl the can towards the piggies mocking you on the other side. After which, you wait a couple seconds…then…BLAMOH! T he Mighty Eagle drops out of the sky and smashes everything.  At that point your destruction is calculated based on the damage sustained. How much destruction really depends on how strategically you place you can of sardines, use of your other birds, and on some levels bit of luck. After you’ve used the Mighty Eagle the level selection icons display an eagle graphic to signify he’s been used.

That’s pretty much it.  We’ll use the Q & A section below to answers some of the more common questions we receive.  A big thanks to Rovio for chiming in on some of them.

  • Q. What devices currently support the Mighty Eagle?
  • A. Right now the Mighty Eagle is only available to purchase on iOS devices (ipad, iPhone, and iPod Touch). NOOK Color owners can access the Mighty Eagle from with Barnes & Noble, but there currently is no option to purchase. Rovio has stated many times that expects the Mighty Eagle will eventually land on most devices and come to different versions of the game (like Angry Birds Seasons).
    Update: This list has since been expanded. See the full list above.
  • Q. I am having a hard time passing a level. Do you have Mighty Eagle walkthroughs available?
  • A. Yes, we have many video walkthroughs for some of the most challenging levels.
  • Q. Will this yield 3 stars every time?
  • A. Per Rovio, “Using the Eagle doesn’t give you any stars, but the scoring goes into the Eagle mode. The destruction is calculated in percentages, and getting a 100% Total Destruction awards you with an eagle feather for that level. This gives you a reason to revisit all the old levels again, even if you’ve got three stars on all of them. So, when skipping a level with the Eagle, you still have to come back and earn the three stars in the regular fashion.”
  • Q. How will affect leaderboards? It seems kind of unfair to rank these people higher than those who passed the level without the Mighty Eagle.
  • A. Per Rovio via Tweet, “No effect on leaderboards”. Per Rovio, via comments below, “The Mighty Eagle can be used with the regular set of birds, and this might be required to maximize your Eagle score in some levels (or, first destroy some difficult-to-reach blocks with the regular birds before launching the final blast with the Eagle.”
  • Q. Does this incentive Rovio to make the upcoming levels harder, if not almost impossible?
  • A. No.  This question was asked before the Mighty Eagle was really understood. Since it’s not supported on all devices this just wouldn’t make since.  Also, as we’ve shown above, the Mighty Eagle is like a game within the game, so there is no affect on the normal game play.
  • Q. How much will it cost?
  • A. “The price point is $0.99/£0.59/€0.79″ per app.
  • Q. What do you get when you purchase the Mighty Eagle?
  • A. The Mighty Eagle comes with two features:
    1. It allows you to skip a level in the event you’re stuck and just want to move on.
    2.  It’s basically a n
    ew “mini-game” where your goal is to obtain feathers by receiving Total Destruction.
  • Q. Is it a single use item or do you only have to purchase it once?
  • A. You only have to purchase it ONCE per app.  Per Rovio, “The Eagle is NOT one use only, but it ‘recharges’ for a time before it can be used to skip a level again. However, the Eagle can be used repeatedly in any level you’ve already managed to unlock.”

Updates:

12/20/2010: The Mighty Eagle update is available on the iPad.
12/23/2010: The Mighty Eagle update is out for the iPhone and iTouch!
06/30/2011: Mighty Eagle Now Available on NOOK Color via Angry Birds Magic
08/22/2011: Mighty Eagle Now Available in Angry Birds Seasons
09/30/2011: Mighty Eagle Lands for Android Exclusively via the T-Mobile Mall
10/27/2011: Mighty Eagle Now Available in Angry Birds Rio
12/01/2011: Angry Birds Chrome Update Adds Mighty Eagle
02/13/2012: Angry Birds on Facebook Out Now with the Mighty Eagle
03/22/2012: Understanding the Mighty Space Eagle
06/05/2012: Angry Birds Space Eagle & Danger Zone Now Available for Android
08/08/2012: Mighty Eagle Finally Lands on Android in Latest Surf & Turf Update
11/08/2012: Angry Birds Star Wars Now Available! Try it, you will
12/18/2012: Angry Birds Rio Update Adds Power Ups, Bonus Levels, Mighty Eagle for Android
03/13/2013: Angry Birds Seasons Update Adds Power-ups, Bonus Levels, Mighty Eagle for Android

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Comments (540)

By angrybrid12345

hi, i am trying to get the mighty eagle on seasons, but every time i try it says, you must purchise the app that this item is before you can purchise the item, plaese help

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

I would make sure In-App purchases are enabled (Settings -> General -> Restrictions) and make sure you’re connected to WiFi.

By angrybrid12345

i already tried that, but its still doing the same thing

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Did you originally purchase the app on this device — and with the active iTunes account? Otherwise, you will need to contact Apple directly.

By angrybrid12345

actually i did use another account, thanks for the advise i know what to do now

By Muggur

i cannot get total destruction on level 2-9 of the original Angry Birds game. I get 99% and I cannot see anything left! What can there be to destroy? Anyway I don’t see a walk through for that level. Please post one!

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Sometimes the Mighty Eagle will throw blocks off-screen that do not break. Keep trying using your existing method and you will likely get 100% relatively soon.

By Chris

It’s rather the bomb that throws blocks off screen than the Mighty Eagle.

To get Total Destruction in 2-9, don’t use any birds first. Only use Mighty Eagle.

By Chris

I think they break, but they don’t count. Only blocks that break on the screen count.

By johann aguilar

how ill get it

By imaxmain

what is was to buy it in angry birds rio would it work in angry birds and angry birds seasons?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Mighty Eagle is not available for Rio.

By imaxmain

but would it work if i bought it in seasons would i have to rebuy it for angry birds?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Mighty Eagle is a separate in-app purchase for each app

By imaxmain

so is that a yes that i would have to but it twice one for seasons and for the original

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Yes, once for each app.

By Sharon Rombyer

Can u purchase the eagle for the iMac games?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Not yet

By Joan Wolckenhauer

Would love to have the Mighty Eagle for the iMac version. I have been stuck on a level for months!

By simon

If you buy this on angry birds seasons, do you have to buy it again on normal angry bids to use it on both apps?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

The apps are separate, so the purchase are separate as well. (Rovio did not want it this way, but was required to. AppStore terms and conditions.)

By okavangolily

Is it possible to achieve Total Destruction without the Mighty Eagle and if so, do you get a feather?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Maybe it’s possible, but no you won’t get any feathers. The mini-game for Total Destruction starts when you load the sardine can.

By Cassandera

Hi im an angry birds fan and i have a question can i download the angry birds game and the mighty eagle on my computer? cause i dont have a phone

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

You can download Angry Birds for computer a couple different ways, but each is different. Unfortunately, none of them have the Mighty Eagle.

1) For free, you can play at chrome.angrybirds.com. This is sort of a demo version, but data is only stored on your computer and may be deleted when your Internet’s cache clears.
2) For free, you can play at plus.google.com. This is the same deal as above, but data is stored “in the cloud” — so it’s good forever.
3) For the full version, you can buy the app from download.angrybirds.com. The cost is $4.95 US. There is also a demo of this which allows you to play 21 levels without buying. This version will likely receive the Mighty Eagle at some point down the road, just not quite yet.

By jj

I have one question kind of off topic but is angry birds free for Android cause I downloaded it but it said it was free and as for the mighty eagle r they gonna make it downloadable for Android phones

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Be careful here. In the Android Market, the apps are called “Angry Birds (original/seasons/rio)” which cost $0. These are the full version of the game, but are ad-supported and cost $0.

On the other hand, on Amazon Appstore for Android, there are these apps which are ad-free and cost $.99. There are also these apps with “Free” in the title, which are trial-type versions with only 15 levels or so total.

And yes, the goal is to have Mighty Eagle on Android phones. The first step towards this has been done, for T-Mobile Android devices.

By jj

oh i see thank u very much i was wondering why it was free…do u now when it will come out for the android phones for verizon?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Sorry, we don’t know. Rovio is working hard on the project, but there is no ETA.

By Sara

What happens once you get all of the feathers?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

No balloons or fireworks, sorry.

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By Kartflyer (@kartflyer)

Does anyone notice that a trophy with an eagle feather on it in the main screen? How do you get it?

By Hugo Estrada

I bought the eagle on an iPhone, and every time I attempt to use the mighty eagle, it prompts me to buy it. I already checked for the issues that you mentioned on the question for September 19. I still can’t use it. Do you know what else we can do?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

What happens if you go through the whole process to “re-purchase” the Mighty Eagle.

By Hugo Estrada

It says that it has already been purchased.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

And asks if you want to download?

By Hugo Estrada

Yes, it said that I could download it again for free. I clicked on OK, and the app crashes.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Are you sure you have In-App purchases enabled in Settings > General > Restrictions? And that a Restrictions passcode has been set?

Otherwise, Try contacting Apple about the issue.

By Hugo Estrada

Thanks for the help. It seems that there is a general problem connected to this https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2689262?start=0&tstart=0 Although we are trying one last fix. There is a second account floating in our iphone, and we suspect that this could be one of the problems.

By Mariah

i originally bought Angry Birds on my iphone but I’m using the same app on my iPad. Is that why i can’t purchase the mighty eagle?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

You should still be able to purchase the Mighty Eagle. Go to Settins > General > Restrictions and make sure In-App Purchases is enabled.

By Mariah

I’ve already made sure it was enabled. I purchased it in the Angry Birds Seasons with no problem.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

What error arises when you try to purchase it?

By Mariah

That I must purchase the app that it’s in. I’m trying to buy it for the full version of Angry Birds.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

You should contact Apple about how this will work. It gets a little funky if you didn’t originally purchase the app on that device with that iTunes account.

By ASDeer

When will the eagle be out for driods?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

At this time, the only Android devices with the Mighty Eagle are T-Mobile devices.

By max

i don’t have wi-fi i can’t download on comp

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

You must purchase from within the app. Can’t purchase in iTunes and transfer.

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By alfredhartojo (@alfredhartojo)

Can we get feathers for Golden Eggs?
:D

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By teogeo (@teogeo)

No, and I don’t think this will change since many GE levels have weird fixed structures that would make it impossible to throw the ME and get a total destruction…

Unless I am mistaken about how ME works… (still waiting for him on Android :()

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By alfredhartojo (@alfredhartojo)

Yeah,me too,hope it comes very soon,hopefully 25th December,haha :D

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By Habanero (@habanero)

Is my Angry Birds addiction waning??

Very probably not, but I must admit I lost interest in retrospectively going back through all the Rio levels just to get 100% TD with the Mighty Eagle. Got 60 feathers or so and then called it a day…

Thinks it’s just the retrospective trawling back really. Really enjoyed working through Mooncake Festival and Ham ‘o’ Ween where I 3 starred and 100% TD’d each level in sequence. Probably just got used to that way of doing things.

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By Bird Leader (@birdleader)

I can’t blame you. I love the big beak, but I have a hard time just finding the time to retroactively get TD on 100+ levels. I don’t think this reflects on a lack of desire to play AB, but the reality that one has to have priorities. :)

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By Habanero (@habanero)

Thanks Bird Leader. I feel a bit less guilty now :)

By AngryBirdsEpic

I wish this was on Android phones… Rovio should make Android Mighty Eagle. RAWR

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By Bird Leader (@birdleader)

With the Amazon App Store now supporting In-App purchases it may be possible in the not so distant future.

http://androinica.com/2011/11/amazon-appstore-for-android-2/

By joey

i bought the mighty eagle on my ipod and then i got a new ipod and used the same account but it says i have to buy the eagle again

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

That’s ok. “Buy” it using the same ID and it will be free.

By TheZee

PLEASE HELP!!!
I purchased Mighty Eagle a few days ago, and hour after I purchased/used it, I got a push notification “Mighty Eagle is back on business” or something like that, I know you can only use Mighty Eagle once per hour for levels you have NOT completed. However the push notification won’t go away and it’s SO annoying it’s a (1) Red notification like when you have (1) new message.
I have an iPhone4S PLEASE help me, and if you can’t, PLEASE tell me who to contact for this? Deleting the game will delete its data, but if I must, then I will, I would just like to keep that option my last one.

Thank you in advance!

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

I believe you’re being a bit over-dramatic about this. It’s as simple as disabling notifications for the app.

iPhone main page > Settings > Angry Birds > Notifications > Disabled.

By TheZee

LooL ya i realized I was being a little over dramatic xD… it’s because I did turn off the notifications… but apparently to switch off “Notification Centre” is not enough… you need to switch off “Badge App Icon” it was just getting frustrating :P
Thank you so much !!!

By travis1997

when i try to get mighty eagle on (angry birds)it says that it cannot connect to itunes but i have internet

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Have you tried restarting your device, signing out/in to iTunes manually?

By Mey

On a few levels, especially 2-12 which I haven’t gotten total distraction yet,
I’ve managed to destroy every single brick on the screen …
Absolutely nothing was left.. But I still only got 93%..
why is that??

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Sometimes the Mighty Eagle throws blocks off-screen which do not break. Have you checked out our video walkthrough for some help? Plenty of users have commented there as well.

By Mey

Oh I was thinking the bricks flying outbid the screen are counted as broken. I’ll check the videos . Thank you

By ???

do you have any idea when Mighty Eagle PC will come out for windows and if you do will you need to pay for it also?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

We don’t know when, but it will be an additional cost.

By Crystal

Do u have to purchase it once on every device or once per itunes account? I used my account to buy it on my sons ipad but i cant use it on my ipad which uses the same itunes account! I bought it once per every angry birds rio, seasons, and regular!

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

If you are using the same iTunes account, the same app (as in both HD), then you should be able to go through the process and repurchase for free

By Stephen

Hi,

I am having trouble purchasing the mighty eagle on my iPhone 4 for angry birds (original), I have completed all the levels so far with 3 stars, the phones restrictions are off and I purchased Angry Birds using my iPhone 4!

The messages are as such:

confirm your in app purchase….BUY

You Cant Purchase This Item With This Account…….OK

Cannot Connect to iTunes Store.

I can however connect to the iTunes Store and purchase songs, apps etc using my iPhone!

It appears Im not the only Angry Birds Addict having this issue…..Please can you shed some light on this problem.

Regards,

Steve.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

Are you running on 3G, or are you connected to WiFi? Perhaps using WiFi will be sufficient. Also, in Settings > General > Restrictions, make sure that In-App Purchases are enabled (and you should have “Allow > On” for iTunes and Installing Apps).

By chuckisgreat

As several others have posted, I’ve purchased the ME on my iPod Touch gen2 for Angry Birds Seasons. I see eagle feathers displayed in various places suggesting that I’ve got the ME and when I try to re-purchase the ME I get the message that I’ve already purchased it and do I want to download it again for free. Still, every time I tap the eagle eye, I get the “purchase app” dialog…which, if I tap to purchase it again just tells me I’ve already purchased it and do I want to download it again for free. I’ve not been able to use it at all yet, so, it doesn’t seem that this would be related to using it only once per hour. No matter when I click the eagle eye I get the purchase dialog. I have in-app purchases enabled. In fact, I’ve turned off the restrictions just to be sure nothing there is preventing the ME from working. I’ve powered down and cold booted the iPod. I’ve tried all the suggestions posted above (none of which were issues for me to begin with). When I did purchase the app initially, the game stopped and took me back to the icon screen, but, it says it’s already downloaded, so….

Anyone have some ideas that I could try?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

You should contact Apple about the issue.

Note: The fact that the feather counter appears under each episode is not indicative of having purchased the Mighty Eagle. Rather, it indicates that your device has the Mighty Eagle capability.

By chuckisgreat

OK. I’ll report a problem to Apple. Also, thanks for the clarification about the feather–I hadn’t noticed it before.

By chuckisgreat

Well, I cannot report problems with the Might Eagle using iTunes “Report a Problem” button or by clicking the “Report a Problem” in the email receipt for my purchase because the Mighty Eagle is an in-app purchase and Apple states that I must contact the developer for in-app purchase issues.

I followed the link for support in iTunes and posted the problem about a week ago at the developer’s site using the online report form but I have yet to hear anything back from them.

Any ideas about the best and easiest way to get some attention about this? Is it best to complain to Apple or to Rovio?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

If you contact iTunes directly, you can ask them to remove the original Mighty Eagle purchase from your account and credit you $0.99. Then restart your device and attempt the purchase again.

That’s my best guess, sorry I can’t be more helpful. IAPs are funky.

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By Trev17piano (@tnatiuk17piano)

Sometimes on my PC i have accidently pressed the mighty eagle button, but i couldn’t get the already gone birds back. I think i could ask Rovio about an Undo Mighty Eagle icon.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

On PC?

I doubt they will do that. Once you press the Mighty Eagle icon, a lot changes in the gameplay settings and cannot be undone.

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By Trev17piano (@tnatiuk17piano)

Ok its just that i do that sometimes and i have to restart, thats all

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By Austin (@austin18)

Um, so how did you press the mighty eagle button on PC? I don’t see one on my PC.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

He probably means Chrome.

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By Austin (@austin18)

Oooohh. okay, thanks slim. :)

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By Trev17piano (@tnatiuk17piano)

Yes i do mean Chrome. I probably shoud of said that previously. Sorry!

By joe

i paid for mighty eagle on my ipod but every time i press the eye it says you must purces

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

If you are using the same iTunes account, you should be able to “re-purchase” for no charge.

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