At some point the Mighty Eagle will start making it’s way onto other platforms. When that happens it’s quite likely that A LOT more people will be flinging sardine cans in order to summon the destructive powers of the Aquiline Benefactor. We thought it was long overdue for us to put out an article containing tips, tricks, and best practices for achieving Total Destruction (100% destruction on a level) using the Mighty Eagle. I’m confident even those well-versed in the Mighty Eagle’s destructive powers will find some useful tidbits below. Enjoy, and don’t be afraid to speak up.
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Tip #1: The Mighty Test Shot
I do this with almost every level. Before you throw any birds, first toss the Sardine Can out into an area and see what kind of destruction you get. I use this as a starting point to figure out what the birds I’m given might need to destroy. Sometimes you’ll see that one side of the level is almost completely untouched. That may be the area to focus your attention on before you launch the sardine can. But sometimes you’ll see that the Mighty Eagle, or MEagle as I’ll refer to him later in the article, took out all most everything on the level! Which brings me to my next tip…
Tip #2: No Birds Thrown
On many levels there is no need to first attack with the normal feathered friends. All you really need is the Mighty Eagle. This is why it’s often helpful to start with the test shot so that you’ll know if this is the best option. As a matter of fact on some levels it might be the only option. On level 6-4 of AB Original, the only way I was able to pass the level was by only tapping in the MEagle! The reason for this is explained in the next tip…
Tip #3: The Perfect Pile
This may be the single most important tip. Make a pile. Yup, if the level allows you to make a nice pile of debris you’re usually good-to-go as far as attaining your feather goes. Sometimes you have to create this pile yourself and while other times it may be handed to you on a silver platter. Which is the case with the previously mentioned level 6-4. The pile is already almost perfect so DON’T mess with it! And why is that? Check the next tip!
Tip #4: Own Worst Enemy
The Mighty Eagle’s only real enemy is himself. He comes in with such force that he tends to blast everything all over the place. This is bad. You can’t always control this, but if you watch the placement of your Sardine Can as well as create that nice clean pile, you can hopefully at least reduce it.
Tip #5: The Mighty Eagle Bounce
You may notice that the MEagle has a predetermined bounce every time he lands. It’s always the same. There are two key ways to use this to your advantage. The first is on a level much like 4-18, where the blocks are spread out vertically. Use the bounce to hit at the front of the structure but then take out some of the higher items. The second usage is when the majority of the structure is sitting on a platform just off the real ground. A well placed Sardine Can can cut through the front, bounce off the ground and finish off the back. Much like in level 10-2.
Tip #6: The Sardine Can Bounce
At times the “Can” is a little tricky to control. You may have noticed that the longer the Can is the air the faster its spin gets. This can be a problem when you’re trying for a precision placement. So when placing your Can take this into account. Sometimes you need a perfect placement, so a line-drive might be your best play, but often a lofty toss with a little spin maybe just what the doctor ordered. Also, using a well placed block much like a backboard can be very helpful. Lastly, this technique requires some skill and also plenty of luck. It requires using the delay between when the Can is launched and when the ME shows up to your advantage. If you need the Can to sit somewhere high but there is just no ledge to put it, bounce the Can off of something so that the can is still falling when the MEagle is summoned. Watch my video on Seasons Summer Pignic level 1-30 to see what I mean.
Tip #7: No Stragglers
Most times you may notice that you want to destroy as much as possible with your given birds, by flinging your birds into the mess of debris. But sometimes this is not the case. SOMETIMES you may need to play clean up and take out the little stragglers instead. It may seem like you’re wasting birds but in reality you are just cleaning up house and readying your pile for the MEagle.
Tip #8: Aftershocks
On some levels there are extra items on the level which aid in the destruction, like TNT boxes and stalactites. You may be tempted to hit these with your given birds and get the destruction started but that’s not always the best option. Actually in the case of the stalactites, that’s almost never the case. The stalactites will fall after the ME comes through so you may as well let them be and let them destroy leftover debris afterward. TNT doesn’t work exactly the same way, but it can have a similar effect. If the TNT is in the right spot, let the shrapnel the ME makes take out the TNT causing more destruction after the fact.
Tip #9: Live and Let Die
Don’t kill the piggies. Yeah, it’s what we’ve been trained to do, but when you’re playing for feathers you actually often want to AVOID killing them. The reasoning is pretty simple, if you kill the piggies before you’ve used all the available birds then you lose them — and sometimes you need that extra ammunition. Why waste your time on the piggies when the MEagle is going to finish them off anyway?
Tip #10: Patience
For this last tip, I feel I need to remind everybody, it’s just a game. An awesome game, but still a game nonetheless. If you’re having trouble with a level, skip it and move to the next or simply come back later. If I had a nickel for every time I skipped a level and then came back to it a bit later only to obtain the feather in the first few tries I’d have….like….a dollar. But the point stands, the more frustrated you get the worse your shots tend to get.