Angry Birds Epic is a free-to-play role-playing video game that is the ninth installment in the Angry Birds series, developed by Chimera Entertainment and published by Rovio Entertainment. The game was announced on March 12, 2014 and features turn-based combat and a crafting system. The game was soft launched March 17 on the Australia, New Zealand and Canada App Store, and was released worldwide on June 12, 2014.
The storyline begins with the player, playing as Red, trying to recover the stolen eggs by the Pigs. As the player progresses, new birds from the Angry Birds universe are added to the roster, including Chuck, Matilda, Bomb and the Blues (Jay, Jim and Jake). Players are limited to choosing three birds from their roster - and sometimes fewer - in the various battles against the pigs.
Angry Birds Epic is set on Piggy Island, with its characters residing in the existing Angry Birds universe. Pigs and the birds take on various roles in the game's cutscenes.
Whenever a player selects a level, they can choose up to 3 birds, depending on the level. After selecting the characters and tapping the play button, enemy pigs appear on a landscape. Battles may be normal, involve multiple waves of enemies, or boss fights. To attack, players simply swipe from a bird to a pig. To use a secondary skill (mostly defense types), the player taps the bird. If the player swipes a bird into another bird, the secondary skill of the bird will be received by the other bird. Whenever a character (bird or pig) gets damage, a "Rage Chili" indicator fills up at the bottom of the screen. When full, players can swipe it to a bird to use their "rage" ability, however there are some pigs that can empty the chili by a certain percent. After finishing a battle, the players can earn up to three stars, depending on their performance in that battle. More stars indicates more resources that the players receive as a reward for winning the battle.
The golden Lucky Coins, are rare and used to buy certain classes, spin the Golden Pig Machine, hire the Mighty Eagle and emergency consumables in battle. They can be earned by defeating a Golden Pig across different levels, leveling up or through in-app purchases.
Whenever the character is not in battle, players can equip and craft weapons, off-hand items, and consumable items. These items are obtained by spending an in-game currency called "Snoutlings", and include blueprints, abilities and crafting materials. These are earned by defeating pigs, opening Treasure Chests, and completing battles. Whenever the player crafts or brews something, their quantity (Potions), damage (Weapons), or health increase (off-hand items) are increased by a random number from zero to three.
In December 2014, Angry Birds Epic was updated to include a multiplayer mode. The Player Arena has weekly leagues that awards epic items to the top players. There are different tiers and the highest is Diamond tier.
The game periodically releases limited time events featuring special characters, game play and rewards. Some events feature characters from other franchises like in September 2015 there was the Sonic Dash event with Sonic the Hedgehog. When the player first starts the event, a short clip is shown. The birds jump through a portal into the Sonic world, where Sonic is captured by Dr. Eggman. After a few levels, Sonic gets rescued by the birds, and you can play as him in the event. If the player is able to obtain certain objects throughout the event (e.g. rings), an exclusive class for Chuck will be unlocked. It is called the Illusionist, and whilst wearing it, Chuck can use Sonic's moves. However, unlike Sonic, the Illusionist can be used on Piggy Island as well as in the Sonic World. In the Sonic World, there are no pigs. Instead, there are Badniks from Sonic's universe.
The game has received generally favorable reviews with a Metacritic score of 69/100 based on 11 reviews. Cnet praised the solid gameplay, but did not like the numerous In-app purchases combined with the slow delivery of in-game items, as well as the always online to play requirement.