Just in case you haven't gotten tired of smacking birds and pigs together (who would, really?), Angry Birds Evolution is here to give you more of what you crave. Only now it's viewed from a top-down perspective, is in 3D, and plays more like air hockey or pinball. Not exactly an 'evolution,' but not a bad change, either.
Teaming up is for the birds. Seriously, you'll want to constantly beef up your team of birds.
- Diversify your team. Each bird color (Red, Yellow, Blue, etc) has its own type of special attack. You don't necessarily need to include one of everybody, but having more than one type of special move available can be a big help.
- Different birds have different specials. Each bird color has a sort of generalized special attack, but there are small differences between them. For example, all white birds will fire off a damaging blast in a straight line that can hit multiple pigs, but one may leave an area of effect on the ground that deals damage each turn while another creates a slick surface you can use to keep your other birds moving for longer.
- Level up your favorites. If you find a bird you like (preferably one with more than a one-star rating), you can use unwanted birds and some coins to increase their level. More levels means more power, and if you can get them to their maximum level you can evolve them into even more powerful forms.
- Shiny birds offer more xp. If you manage to find or hatch a bird that has a bit of a bluish sheen to it, that bird is shiny and will give you more experience point if you use it while leveling-up.
- Go on adventures. Sometimes you'll find adventures on the map (the clock icon). By assigning birds to those adventures, you can earn more coins or even gems (i.e. premium currency). The best part is you can still take on pigs using birds that are on adventures – the only thing you can't do is sell them or use them for leveling-up others.
Ready, Aim, Fire!
It's possible to brute force your way through most levels if your team is strong enough, but with the right technique you can come out on top even when the odds are stacked against you.
- Aim for the back. Hitting a pig from any angle will cause damage, but hitting them from behind will cause more. This is especially important to remember when you're up against very large, hearty pigs.
- You can cancel shots. If for whatever reason you decide not to use the bird you're currently aiming with, drag your finger back to the bird to make the trajectory arrow go away and cancel the shot.
- Tap on pigs to see their info. If you're unsure which pigs to prioritize, you can tap them to see how much health and attack power they have.
More Birds, More Pigs
While Angry Birds Evolution isn't a huge departure for the series, it isn't a failed experiment. It does fall into a few of the same bad habits of other freemium games, but overall it's a fun – if simple – time.