The latest Angry Birds Classic update saw a new episode — Red’s Mighty Feathers — that ushered in some entirely new gameplay. Based on the poll and the comments on our release post, there is little doubt that it was received with a mixed reception. Many thought it was fun, others found it way too different, while others were frustrated with the gameplay itself. It’s important to remember, that many of those who commented and took the poll probably hadn’t actually played that much. They were basing their opinion on their initial reception to the new episode and gameplay. I’m not criticizing, that’s just the nature of the bird.
Update: In v3.3.0, auto-aiming has been disabled. You know manually aim the Red Bird.
I personally played through the entire episode, so I wanted to share some of my own pro tips and tricks. Before I do though, I have to give partial credit for this article to Rovio themselves, as they were nice enough to create a helpful article, “5 tips to master Red’s Mighty Feathers”. Their tips are below (obviously you’ll need to check out “the article for the full context):
- Aim carefully
- Smashing things
- Find the right route
These are definitely helpful tips, but as I mention, I also wanted to add a few of my own.
Our Pro Tips
Flip it and Wait
If you happen to tip over or flip a contraption upside down be patient and the piggy should exit and start running away. When they do, wait for them to clear the contraption and take aim.
Slow and Steady
These crazy piggies must love Transformers, because many of their contraptions transform as they get closer or capture the egg. Sometimes they get weaker upon transformation, so use this to your advantage. In other words, if you find yourself frustrated and stuck see what each contraption does and how you might expose its weakness.
Old Habits Die Hard
It doesn’t matter where you tap on the screen, as Red will always head towards the closest pig. I found that my ability to 3 star levels improved once I got over my desire to aim. That said, I understand this is tough, as we’re mixing strategies in the same game.
TNT Go Boom!
I win the award for overly obvious pro tip, but I am going to mention it nonetheless. If the piggy was foolish enough to mount TNT to their contraption see if there is a way to blow it up. I found that much of the time this is your best bet at quickly popping the pigs using as few birds as possible.
Not Up to Code
These pigs are ingenious, but they use shoddy materials and poor construction techniques (they need to take some lessons from ingenious pigs over at Pigineering). As a result, once all piggies in a contraption exit, the contraption becomes very unstable. You can pop a fleeing pig by sending Red through the contraption’s debris field.
Bring Your Patience
Some of these levels are very fun, but some, such as F-7, F-14, and especially F-15, are frustrating to the point of not being fun (I really only had this problem with F-15). Realize this when you play and you’ll save yourself a lot of aggravation.