Angry Birds Rio Smugglers Plane Walkthrough Level 30 (12-15)

Boss fight! Smugglers’ Plane level 12-15 is quite a bit of fun and features exactly one of the first seven birds! One strategy is to fire the Red bird toward into the TNT below. The shower of stones could potentially do a significant amount of damage to Nigel. The Blue bird can be used to trigger TNT if possible, or score a direct hit on the cockatoo. Use the Yellow bird to trigger any of the TNT on the far-right of the level. Then bomb Nigel with the Black bird and the egg of the White bird. By now, Nigel should be toast, so sit back and enjoy the cutscene.

If you have a different strategy feel free to leave a comment below; however, don't just post your score via the comments, as that's what the leaderboards are for.

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Tags: Rio Chapter 12
Category: 06. Smugglers' Plane, Angry Birds Rio, Walkthroughs, Walkthroughs
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Avatar of sal9Rank: Boss Hog with 14590 points
By sal9 (@sal9)Score: 136,600

red bird strait down to first pile of tnt, chain reaction detonates most of tnts to the right and center.
shoot blue birds when nigel moves to the left looking confused :D

Rank: Master Slinger with 7030 points
By TruckDriver (@truckdriver)Score: 137,410

Nice strat, Sal. As you can tell from my score, it worked really well. It seems to me that this iteration of Nigel was easier to defeat than he was in Jungle Escape…

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By Bird Tester (@bird-tester)Score: 125,040

Yes but 4 me – 3B now.

Rank: Boss Hog with 14745 points
By MVNLA2 (@mvnla2)Score: 144,590

Remember the real angry (threatened) birds! Now that you’ve reached the last episode, and spent several (many?) hours rescuing exotic birds from the smugglers, please spend a few minutes to support the threatened birds. See my forum post here.

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By Fleshyskeleton (@fleshyskeleton)Score: 141,450

Surely you wanna save those cockatrices?

Avatar of Hidayat1999Rank: Fling King with 4440 points
By Hidayat1999 (@hidayat1999)

Remember, not all cockatoos are evil.

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By joey (@joeyba)Score: 139,610

96510 = 3stars

Rank: Sling God with 25735 points
By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 107,720

Thanks. I’m pretty sure 95k is 3 stars as well, but I haven’t managed it yet.

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By iamMighty (@iammighty)Score: 133,910

95k- 3*
85k- 2*
First time please correct if wrong :P

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 107,720

Great! That’s the last one we needed! I had 94k as 2*.

Rank: Fling King with 4430 points
By Andreas189 (@andreas189)

hey iammighty how do you get such a higscore? cant reach 110k! how many birds did u use?

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By iamMighty (@iammighty)Score: 133,910

I see you have a better score than me ;)

By joenxn

Score 154,560
I only used one bird to kill Nigel. Once and a lifetime shot!

Rank: Master Slinger with 5335 points
By wanda (@wanda)Score: 109,620

This was a great finale for Smuggler’s Plane. Nice video at the end. I can’t wait to see what else Rovio has planned for Rio.

Rank: Master Slinger with 7030 points
By TruckDriver (@truckdriver)Score: 137,410

Will it be another chapter, or more levels to existing ones? Enquiring minds want to know.

By mirco

rio is finish?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 107,720

No, Rio is not finished. Read more in our release post.

By birdman

138,330

First red bird down onto TNT, then use blue bird to hit TNT on other side
Next, use the yellow bird to cut the chains at the top. The crates will fall on big bird, crushing her/him/it. You will have four spare birds

Rank: Gold Flinger with 8240 points
By Kartflyer (@kartflyer)Score: 120,720

Thanks for the strategy. I used one more bird resulting in a lower score giving me 112k.

Avatar of nascarboyRank: Explosive with 2105 points
By nascarboy (@nascarboy)Score: 127,380

This nigel is stronger I think.

Rank: Fling King with 4755 points
By higgins (@higgins)Score: 155,950

Just want to mention that a 1-birder is possible here.
As described above 1st bird goes like THIS.
GL!

Rank: Master Slinger with 6455 points
By josephine (@josephine)Score: 135,720

Nigel always gets on my nerves (makes me wonder, is there a nice recipe…). After having 116K I decided to give it one more try. Only 2 birds and 135K, yes! Red into the TNT, caused all the right explosions, even one of the hanging crates fell onto him, and finished it of with the blue guys. Have to go now, do some cooking….

Rank: Boss Hog with 12885 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 117,180

Holy moly….I wasn’t expecting that big boss bird lol…:) wish me luck! ty all for stratys. Im going in…x

Rank: Boss Hog with 12885 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 117,180

Are we supposed to do something to the plane in the end?:) ty

Avatar of blahalb09Rank: Master Slinger with 6145 points
By blahalb09 (@blahalb09)Score: 122,780

After Nigel is defeated, you have completed the game. A cut scene will come up showing what happened to the plane and the birds.

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 107,720

Let’s say, “you have completed* the game”.

Footnote *: The app is not over.

Rank: Boss Hog with 12885 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 117,180

K lol ty…:)

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By AngryAdvisor (@lesleyg)Score: 133,540

What does this footnote mean??? What else for this app??? Plz and Ty!!!

Avatar of blahalb09Rank: Master Slinger with 6145 points
By blahalb09 (@blahalb09)Score: 122,780

There is more coming in ABR but we don’t know what it is.

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By AngryAdvisor (@lesleyg)Score: 133,540

Oh, ok thank you…just didn’t want to missing out on anything, lol!

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By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 117,180

Where can I find the mango walkthroughs?:) ty

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 107,720

Click the “Mango Alert” on any level walkthrough with a mango in it, such as this one.

Rank: Boss Hog with 12885 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 117,180

Ok cool ty srry to be a pain:(

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By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 117,180

How do I get back to the begining of the walkthroughs on this level..?

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 107,720

Not sure what you mean. The video? May be easier to refresh the page.

By Bill

@Kathy, One way is to go to the top of the screen. Under ‘Walkthroughs’ in the yellow(ish) bar at top under the image of the Eagle, and click and select the Rio version. Then the Smugglers Plane.

Rank: Boss Hog with 12885 points
By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 117,180

Ty Bill…that helps I didn’t realize I could do that ty for help:)..ty 2 slim. U know me easily confused lol srry:(

By Surfn46

153,530. A lucky strike with the red bird at the TNT.

Rank: Flinger with 55 points
By RoboGaz (@robogaz)

Well done, I thought I was doing well with 152,140. One bird like others have said.

Rank: Fling King with 4945 points
By HKG (@hkg)Score: 157,590

I have tried so many times with the conviction that a one-birder is possible, and tried different timings for hitting the red bird to the first pile of TNT. Finally I got it with only one bird, and have every TNT detonated – a score of 157590! I’m really really pleased with this!

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By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 117,180

Awesome Score HKG!!! Nice job:)

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By HKG (@hkg)Score: 157,590

Thanks Kathy. As is always the case, good luck plays a big part in individual high score!

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By parlonsQc (@parlonsqc)Score: 152,150

Very impressive. Kudos. Did you find timing was a big factor ?

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By HKG (@hkg)Score: 157,590

I think timing is critical. The winning shot was made approximately 1 second after the game started with the red bird ready on the slinger. With that, Nigel would get hit by 3 or 4 stone ‘bullets’ (but not more) from the first explosion, and have some stone bullets hitting the right hand side initiating the chain reaction of the remaining TNTs, and then numerous stones just flying all over the screen. I can still recall just before Nigel died, he was hit almost simultaneously by a falling box and two stones travelling in different directions, and Nigel was so confused that he just remained stationary and got hit.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

Rank: Out of this World with 2670 points
By parlonsQc (@parlonsqc)Score: 152,150

Gee, thx, HKG. Did it help? Well, kinda. Up from 108k to 140k within 5 tries. I may well try again for that elusive 1-birder, but for now, you made my day ;-))

By Shamy

I killed Nigel on Angry Birds Rio Smugglers Plane 12-15 with a 1 Birder shot. High score is 153580 but have not been able to repeat it again.

By Carl

First Red Bird:Hit TNT below.
First Blue Bird:Hit Nigel.
First Yellow Bird:Hit Nigel.
First Black Bird:Explode Near Nigel.
Score:115710!
Though isn’t it?

By rens13

14097, 5 birds left
first bird hits tnt below, stones hit other tnt’s, blue bird hits the white bird.

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By Del

156,800. There’s no strategy other than to point the first bird at the nearest TNT and let the rest happen. One bird.

Avatar of joeyRank: Gold Flinger with 7985 points
By joey (@joeyba)Score: 139,610

did you wait when Nigel is really injured? or it dies directly?

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By Del

@Joey Waited 3 seconds then fired into TNT. Nigel got pelted with stones and the 10k bonus came up almost instantly.

By Jeff

Exactly Del. I got 151,100 on 1 shot. I waited for Nigel to go back first then move forward. I hit that first stack of TNT which exploded the balls into Nigel and other balls into the other TNT stacks, balloons, etc…..just a chain reaction of hits into Nigel that eventually took him out.

Avatar of blahalb09Rank: Master Slinger with 6145 points
By blahalb09 (@blahalb09)Score: 122,780

122780 with 2 birds. The red bird was the same as the video. It hit all the tnt giving me 65k. I shot the blue bird up and made it split in air. The three birds each hit Nigel about a 1/2 second apart. First hit on Nigel gave me about 600 points, second hit gave me 1.8k, and the third hit killed him, giving 10k.

Rank: Gold Flinger with 8715 points
By sparty83 (@sparty83)Score: 136,700

Oh how I hate Nigel. I was able to do this with one bird, red into tnt, but I didn’t get much collateral damage and got a final score of only 122K. Other times I have gotten between 75k and 80k on the first bird but then I am so imcompetent that I can not finish Nigel off! UGH! Currently 34K off high score but will continue to bang my head against the wall on this level.

Rank: Master Slinger with 6700 points
By catsnbirds (@catsnbirds)Score: 140,300

Once upon a time I would have been very happy with my score. But it was achieved with two birds. Knowing it’s possible, I want the one bird shot! So every day I try for the miracle, every day I fail. Then try again. Hoping for new levels soon (not counting the Facebook game) so I can move on!

Rank: Champion with 3800 points
By pit (@pit)Score: 144,000

What exactly disposes of Nigel? Is there a certain spot that must be hit? Timing? Planets aligning??? ;)
I’ve only gotten the one bird solution twice in countless tries.

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By heathen (@heathen)

I absolutely hate the Nigel boss levels with a passion. For one, the whole concept of a “smart moving” target goes entirely against the Angry Birds world paradigm and shouldn’t even be part of the Angry Birds world/concept. If you want a boss for Angry Birds, make the target either bigger (to represent stronger), harder to destroy, surround by structures, with hats, etc…to deflect damage (used in other levels and worlds), and/or have moving structure pieces, etc.. but the target should remain stationary. Since you can’t alter the flight path of a bird once flung, it’s nearly pointless exercise even trying.

Avatar of iamMightyRank: Master Slinger with 6570 points
By iamMighty (@iammighty)Score: 133,910

Surounded by structures- as you say. Don’t you think that the TNT’s are good enough to make-up for the moving targets? They also create chain reactions sometimes.

Avatar of heathenRank: Champion with 3115 points
By heathen (@heathen)

Even that is a crap shoot. Nigel still avoids being hit by most of what is shot, even when multiple ones are coming his way from different directions and from behind. The whole concept of a moving target in Angry Birds shouldn’t be used, much less a “smart moving” one that can avoid being hit.

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By Del

Forget trying to hit Nigel. You need to focus on the TNT.

Avatar of heathenRank: Champion with 3115 points
By heathen (@heathen)

Even doing that, that only yields a partially finished off Nigel. You still have to finish him off with more birds, and either hit him directly or pray that you can get boxes to fall on him, but again, he can avoid those as well.

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By Del

156,800. One Bird. It’s doable. And while I’m at it, Nigel isn’t ‘smart moving’ He follows the same movement pattern every time.

Avatar of heathenRank: Champion with 3115 points
By heathen (@heathen)

If you don’t think he’s not smart moving, then I ask that you try to hit kill him off by doing nothing more than flinging birds at him…no dropping boxes, and no TNT can be used. See how far you get.

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By Del

Do you want a high score on this level or not? To reiterate, getting one will not be achieved by trying to hit Nigel. Are you listening?

Avatar of sal9Rank: Boss Hog with 14590 points
By sal9 (@sal9)Score: 136,600

The key here is timing and the first shot at the tnt boxes. Trying to hit Nigel directly with the birds won’t get you three stars.

Rank: Gold Flinger with 8165 points
By sunshine (@sunshine)Score: 114,110

Sal, are you saying you can kill Nigel with only flying rocks from the TNT?

Avatar of sal9Rank: Boss Hog with 14590 points
By sal9 (@sal9)Score: 136,600

Some have reported doing it. I haven’t though. But this first shot is key to achieving a high score.
You basically wait a few seconds initially until Nigel gets a little closer to the tnt boxes to the left to launch the red bird strait down. The resulting chain reaction will weaken Nigel after being hit by all the debris/projectiles that came from the right, center and left explosions.

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By sunshine (@sunshine)Score: 114,110

I agree, that is the key! What bird did you use to finish him off with?

Avatar of sal9Rank: Boss Hog with 14590 points
By sal9 (@sal9)Score: 136,600

The blue bird.
My score could have been 10k higher if I didn’t launched the yellow bird accidentally.

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By Del

@Sunshine One bird, aimed at the TNT and timed properly will set off enough carnage to finish off Nigel, without even hitting him with any birds. But I have only ever achieved this twice.

Rank: Gold Flinger with 8165 points
By sunshine (@sunshine)Score: 114,110

Wow, thanks! Sal & Del, so patience is really the key! :)I have been happy with my score, but you both have motivated me to try harder!!

Rank: Gold Flinger with 8165 points
By sunshine (@sunshine)Score: 114,110

Heathen, I am not a fan of Nigel either, I’m not good at hitting moving objects, but, I have found, my best luck, and I mean luck, has been to get him with a direct hit in the chest with yellow birds, white bird chest or back. That also worked for me the first time we had to deal with him.

Make sure to get all of the tnt.

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By HKG (@hkg)Score: 157,590

The way I see the whole game of Angry Bird is simply to locate a set of trajectories of the birds and the timings (eg. when to split the blue birds, when to denonate the black bird etc), that will optimize the score. This task is made more difficult by the sometimes seemingly random outcome. If you accept this, then the boss levels are no different – just that the timings of firing the birds become crucial. (I know, I know, I am trying to philosophize a simple game….)

I share your frustration with the boss levels. I scored below average on all previous boss levels until relatively recently, when I was determined to crack them. So keep up, and you will soon see the beauty of those levels.

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By Kathy (@kathy)Score: 117,180

I think you may have a lot in common with Amslimfordy…he is one of the admins here;)

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By pit (@pit)Score: 144,000

I have hit Nigel with several stones, had crates crash down on him, exploded bb … what is the thing that kills him? I have killed him a few times with the one bird, but i can’t figure out what exactly was the lethal blow. I have killed him with 3,4, 5 birds but again not really sure what happened. (no screen/video capture app available for my cell)

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By blahalb09 (@blahalb09)Score: 122,780

Usually it’s the white bird that kills him. Also, it’s not about how many times you hit him, it’s about how much damage you inflict on him.(points show how much damage)

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By blahalb09 (@blahalb09)Score: 122,780

I meant to reply to @Del

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By didjeridude

not necessarily..
i’ve had points/damage up to 85000-something, & nigel is still flyin’ around..

Avatar of blahalb09Rank: Master Slinger with 6145 points
By blahalb09 (@blahalb09)Score: 122,780

Nigel can take only so many hits before he dies. the redish patches on him show how much damage you have caused to him so far.

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By didjeridude

i know about the patches..
but i’ve defeated nigel at 70000-something & other various point numbers, so i don’t think it’s based on points..

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By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)Score: 107,720

It’s about the points the correspond the damage done to Nigel. Breaking boxes on the extreme right (for example) generate points, but not damage to Nigel.

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By didjeridude

thanks slim..
that’s more or less what i was trying to say..

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By Del

Don’t try to hit him AT ALL. The secret is to use just the first bird to trigger the TNT to do all the damage and kill Nigel. One bird, but not aimed to hit Nigel, but the TNT nearest the catapult.

Avatar of redzymRank: Fling King with 4080 points
By redzym (@redzym)Score: 145,300

I have been trying for days for the one birder with no luck. I had a reasonable score in AB RIO but now I’m playing HD in both Nigel games I’ve had to downgrade my score cause I just can’t kill him. Oh weLl, keep trying, but not tonight.

Avatar of redzymRank: Fling King with 4080 points
By redzym (@redzym)Score: 145,300

Finally got a decent score. Couldn’t nail the one birder though, it took two and A LOT of patience. Have to thank Del as the info provided certainly did help. Thank you.

Avatar of blahalb09Rank: Master Slinger with 6145 points
By blahalb09 (@blahalb09)Score: 122,780

Just got a 1-birder on this level. It all depends on timing so I hit the tnt about 1 1/2 seconds after the level started(when tnt is hit,Nigel should be coming up). All tnt exploded. And you’ll never believe what finished him off. It was a BALLOON!

Rank: Champion with 3195 points
By Laurence (@laurence)Score: 116,640

I’ve found that the balloons can be quite damaging to Nigel, often they injure him in the preceding steps to his destruction :D

By JS2003

What does the ending cutscene at the end of Smuggler’s Plane look like?
I don’t have theme 12 yet.

Avatar of Han_Solo1617Rank: Champion with 3175 points
By Han_Solo1617 (@enrico-carl-andrei)Score: 115,710

The freed birds come out of the plane,Nigel breaks the front window and he fell because he didn’t know there was a propellor behind him.
His feathers flew away,and the ANGRY BIRDS are still in the plane.
They come back to their island,the pigs are going to get their eggs.
Luckily,they landed back in time by making the plane explode.
The pigs saw something in the sky,it was the ANGRY BIRDS.
The pigs hid in a rock near the nest.
*THE END*

Avatar of Han_Solo1617Rank: Champion with 3175 points
By Han_Solo1617 (@enrico-carl-andrei)Score: 115,710

Sorry!
I just meant that:
“The pigs hid behind a rock near the nest.
Here,i’ll give you a screenshot:
Nigel breaks front window with propellor behind him,birds flying away:http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/6846290840_b0fa092c1b_z.jpg
(I cannot post the whole thing cause it was a video.)
Final Cutscene:http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7043/6992417195_70b607ce37_z.jpg

Avatar of alexis lopes jaramilloRank: Flinger with 80 points
By alexis lopes jaramillo (@alexitry)

Thats funny final cutscene after nigel defeated

Rank: Out of this World with 2510 points
By brave1966 (@brave1966)Score: 107,230

When it works, it works wonderfully! After 3 months and much gnashing of teeth, 107230 and my last 3-star level. I hope Fruit Market does not have a boss level…

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