At long last, Angry Birds v3.2.0 has landed, bringing with it incredibly unique gameplay unlike anything we have seen so far: Egg Defender Mode. This episode, called Red’s Mighty Feathers, has been teased for weeks. First, Rovio announced that the Red Bird would be gaining a new power, then later giving a name to the episode. The update has landed for iOS and Android via Google Play, with more platforms coming soon.
Update 10 July: Rovio Accounts are working there way globally, having just landed for iOS and Android in the US. For more information, see our dedicated post.
Now on to the details. As we said above, the gameplay in this update is not like we are used to in the Angry Birds universe. So let’s explain exactly what’s happening.
- Red’s Mighty Feathers includes 15 levels to 3-star, but a bit unlike normally. Foremost, stars are not awarded by score. In fact, there are no scores at all! Our walkthroughs are now live.
- The first star is awarded for protecting the Egg from the Bad Piggies. The piggies come in several waves, usually one contraption at a time with a pig or two within. If any pigs manages to grab the Egg and return it to their lair, you fail the level.
- The second star is awarded popping so many piggies in the level. You will see a “0/x” under the hurt piggy icon, meaning you must pop x pigs to earn the star.
- The third star is awarded for achieving the first two stars, by using a set number of birds. You will see a number listed in the red bird’s silhouette, which is the maximum number permitted for the star. Under the silhouette will be an active count of how many birds you have used.
Unlike in Bad Piggies and Icebreaker, these objectives must be completed in a single try in order to obtain all 3 stars. For example, if you don’t pop enough pigs, the game won’t even consider how many birds have been used.
Possible issue? A few people have noted the inability to zoom — or at least zoom significantly. While I’m certainly accustomed to zooming a bit, I’m not sure if it’s a major loss here. Since you need only attack one contraption at a time, you don’t need to see what’s coming next. However, it should still be noted I think.
Red Bird’s New Ability!
As teased, the Red Bird has finally be given a special power. While in flight, you will notice a small red arrow pointing toward the pig closest to the bird. Tapping/Clicking will cause the Red Bird to attack that pig directly, changing its trajectory as needed! Essentially, this is a Lazer Bird with even better accuracy!
A few strategies can be used here. Foremost, the Red Bird will always travel in a straight line until it hits something, after which it will succumb to normal gravity. That said, take advantage of where TNT are located to try to blast those. Also, note that the contraption can be shattered without popping the pig within, which will force you to use another bird to pop him. So adjust your trajectory and angle to pop the pig after breaking through the contraption.
Final note on the Red Bird: This power is episode exclusive! You can’t go back to Poached Eggs and try to use this power, so our leaderboards are at no risk.
What Are Your Thoughts?
We would love to hear your thoughts on this update, especially given the uniqueness of gameplay. We are guessing that this gameplay is a teaser for a brand new game. Some speculate that it could be Angry Birds Go, but I don’t see much racing going on. Your guess is as good as mine though, so we’d love for you to respond to the poll below.
A few words of caution here. As the world’s largest and most dedicated Angry Birds community (no asterisks here, it’s absolutely true!), you can bet your bottom dollar that Rovio will check here for peer reviews. That said, both compliments and criticisms should be CONSTRUCTIVE. Any comments like “I love/hate it” won’t help Rovio improve anything at all. Explain what you like, what you don’t, what you think should be tweaked if anything.