Angry Birds Epic Is Here, How Is It?

Angry Birds developer Rovio has released yet another installment in the popular smart phone game franchise. This time, Angry Birds fans will don helmets and swords in an “epic” Angry Birds RPG (role-playing game).

Angry Birds Epic has been officially released for iOS, Android, and Windows phones. According to the official Angry Birds website, Angry Birds Epic abandons the classic sling-shot destruction mechanism of the game in favor of turn-based battles against pigs. Each kind of bird possesses its own special skills and abilities, and your team will get stronger the more you play.

“They will need all kinds of silly weapons, absurd power-ups, and mind-bending magic to defeat those egg-stealing scoundrels!” says the ‘Angry Birds’ website. “Take your flock into battle, then watch them gain strength and power as you level them up!”

To watch a trailer of the gameplay of Angry Birds Epic, click the video below:

According to The Guardian, Angry Birds Epic is free-to-play but features an in-game shop with special items and powerups that cost real money to purchase. Rovio’s executive vice president of games, Jami Laes, released the following statement about the game:

“The ‘Angry Birds’ characters are a perfect fit for a role-playing game because they have strong personalities and individual superpowers. They are almost like character classes from the get go.”

The Angry Birds games have been remarkably successful, spawning all kinds of spin-offs from a Star Wars version to a racing game (Angry Birds Go!). But are gamers ready for a shift as big as this? Will an Angry Birds RPG fit well into the library of Angry Bird apps?

Kotaku calls the game “surprisingly fun,” and while they haven’t put together an official review, they told readers “yes, it’s good, go play it.” The Guardian generally agreed that the new spin-off was an effective variation on the Angry Birds franchise, claiming the RPG mechanic “works well” and has great slap-stick humor and an interesting weapon-crafting mechanic that makes the game worthwhile. NBCNews wasn’t quite as impressed with Angry Birds Epic, saying it was “very much an ‘Angry Birds’ game” and claiming it wasn’t very open-ended.

The Inquisitr reported on the soft launch of Angry Birds Epic several days ago. But now that the app is fully available, it will be interesting to see how fans take to the RPG elements and how many positive reviews the game gets.

Are you going to download Angry Birds Epic and form your own opinion? You can download it for free right now on iOS devices through the app store.