Angry Birds Rio Bonus Version with Golden Beachball Episode Now Available for Mac

When the latest v1.2.2 Angry Birds Rio Mac update landed we were all scratching our heads as to why the “Redeem Code” option required to unlock the secret Golden Beachball episode was missing.  Unfortunately, we still don’t know why it wasn’t in the update, but if you are on a Mac there is now a way for you to access these levels (yes, you still need to buy Rio on DVD or Blu-ray).

Let me start by saying how you go about accessing the Golden Beachball episode is NOT through an update via the Mac AppStore.  Rovio has actually created what they are calling the, “Angry Birds Rio Bonus Version”, which — so far as we know — is currently only available for the Mac.

The “bonus” version is basically the same as Angry Birds Rio Free, which is available for iOS devices (don’t confuse with ad-free on Android).  The “Free” versions of Angry Birds are like teasers and only contain a handful of levels.  Angry Birds Rio Bonus Version currently includes 12 levels, plus 15 Golden Beachball levels (links to walkthroughs). However, before you can play the the Golden Beachball levels they MUST be activated.  This requires a code found in the Rio DVD or Blu-ray.  For detailed instructions about that please checkout this article.

Angry Birds Rio Bonus installs as a separate application and looks to be free (i.e. you don’t need the full version of Angry Birds Rio for Mac to play this).  There is a “Activate the Full Version” button in the game, but that just links to Angry Birds Rio in the Mac AppStore, so it’s not actually activating the Bonus version.

Without further adieu, here’s how you can get your copy of Angry Birds Rio Bonus for Mac:

  1. Head to (opens in a new window)
  2. Once there scroll down a bit and in the gray instruction box click the “Mac” tab at the top.
  3. The first arrow prompts you to, “Download Angry Birds Rio Bonus Version from here.”  Download it to your Mac. Note, that is says “OS 10.6” or better required.
  4. Once it’s downloaded double-click it and drag the Angry Birds Bonus icon to your Applications folder.  It’s now installed. Launch it!
  5. If you have a copy of Rio on DVD or Blu-ray and haven’t used the secret code yet, click “Redeem Code” and enter the code found on the insert that came with the movie.

Some helpful links:

Tags: Mac, Releases & Updates, Rio, Rio DVD
Category: Updates

    Comments (17)

    By Owen L. Dayuday

    How can i download Angry Birds Rio?

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    By Bird Leader (@birdleader)

    If you’re on a Mac you can get it in the Mac AppStore.

    By JRDN

    Hey dude! Angry Birds v1.6.3 is out now on the iOS! The last Mine and Dine levels! I’ll be waiting for some walkthroughs…!

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    Awesome. Thanks for the heads up. I don’t usually look this late.

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    By Bird Leader (@birdleader)

    Indeed, thanks! I just posted an update about v1.6.3 update here.

    By brenda

    How come I can only access 2 levels in Rio on my Xoom (android)? The android market doesn’t show any updates for Rio, seasons or angry birds and my apps aren’t auto updating either

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    By Bird Leader (@birdleader)

    The Android Marketplace does have the most recent updates, which you can access via these direct links: Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Seasons. Now, I’m not sure if Xoom uses the same marketplace, but I presume it does, so you’d just need to figure out how to update. Does it have an Android Marketplace app? In it, there should be an option for “My Apps” and within that an option to check for updates/

    By Jmaeca (jam jam)

    how to update the angry birds

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    If you are using Mac, you can simply go into the Mac AppStore and there is an option to check for updates.

    By Andrés

    If i have the code, can i unlock the exclusive level in my N8 (Symbian).
    How i do that?

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    Refer to the mobile instructions on the original Golden Beachball post.

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    By benjismeg (@benjismeg)

    Help me understand this…. I will NOT be able to PLAY the Beach Volleyball stuff unless I buy the DVD or Blueray and have the code, correct?

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    For Mac and PC, that’s correct.

    By CW

    I have Angry Birds Rio v1.4.0 on my Nook Tablet. I’m trying to unlock the extra 15 levels but nothing happens when I get the red bird below the rock. No volleyball swings down. What am I doing wrong?

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    Follow the video on the non-Mac post.

    By Jamie

    How do u get the feathers on the Rio game?

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    By AMslimfordy (@amslimfordy)

    This should help you: Mighty Eagle Explained.

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