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Video Game / Angry Birds Epic

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"It all started a long time ago, in a world that was completely made-up: A fantasy Piggy Island, with silly costumes were fashionable and weapons were... How to put it, a bit different..."

Angry Birds Epic is a Turn-Based Tactics RPG take on Angry Birds. It was soft-launched in Canada, Australia and New Zealand on March 17, 2014, and was released internationally on June 12, 2014.

As usual, King Pig orders his minion pigs to steal the birds' eggs. But this time, with the lead of Wizpig (Chef Pig's alter-ego) & Prince Porky (Freckled Pig's alter-ego), they're taking them to various locations across Piggy Island, which leads the birds in hot pursuit and battling pigs with all kinds of special abilities along the way.


This game provides examples of:

  • Absurdly High Level Cap: You can finish the game with levels in the late teens, but the cap itself is balanced for the postgame Chronicle Cave and keeps rising as more Cave levels are released (25 to 29 to 37 to 41 to 45 to 50, and the soft release originally didn't even have a cap).
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: In early versions of the game, the daily Golden Pig is fought on top of a golden cloud full of golden pigs, candy and coins. Averted as the daily Golden Pig is now found within ordinary levels instead.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: For those that are going the solo route (ie, not using the game's multiplayer features), The game provides a few simulated "friends" that play the game alongside you, complete with giving you the same bonuses you'd get if the "friend" used a feature that benefits you and vice versa with you using a feature that benefits them. It's also possible to challenge their teams in the Player Versus Player feature of the game.
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  • Arbitrary Headcount Limit: There are five potential party members, but you generally are only able to use three in battles. Special events may occasionally increase it to four, but it's rare.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Averted in the case of King Pig. While he has a passive ability that increases his allies' attack power and an attack that can disable a bird's Rage Skill for two turns, he's an incredible pushover (the Rage disabling attack, for instance, does a negligible amount of damage) and is only a threat because he's fought alongside Wizpig and Prince Porky, the latter of which better fits this trope.
  • Bamboo Technology: Weapons are crafted from seashells, coral, rocks, and bits of crate washed up onshore. They look like they're held together with bubblegum and asking really nicely.
  • Big Bad: King Pig, though he gets betrayed by Wizpig.
  • Bonus Boss:
    • The tenth level of each cave in Chronicle Cave each contain one.
    • If you have obtained the submarine, tap on the whirlpool. It brings up the maelstrom stage, in which you get to fight a level 40 Poseidon Pig, once the strongest enemy in the game.
  • Boss Remix: The Boss theme is a remix of the main Angry Birds theme.
  • Brutal Bonus Level: Chronicle Cave.
  • Combat Medic: Matilda's classes are focused on healing, though she still has ways to attack.
  • Combination Attack: Chuck's Limit Break gives the birds five attacks to random enemies.
  • Crossover: With Puzzle & Dragons and Sonic Dash, as both games held Angry Birds Epic events concurrent with Epic holding their own event based on the other game.
  • Drop the Hammer: One of Red's Set Items is a pair of hammers. The weapon hammer has a chance to stun enemies, the offhand one gives bonus damage, and if you have them both the stun lasts for two turns.
  • Duel Boss: The Sword Spirit boss.
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: In earlier versions, the difficulty scale has a baby pig on the green part (left), indicating that the following level is very easy because the selected birds are so strong. The possible Irony is that the level may still be hard depend on your birds' set up.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies: The Blues have one part of an epic set (obtained from the Golden Pig Machine) called Angry Birds Plushies.
  • Gameplay Automation: The lower right button of the screen allows you to relinquish control of your birds to the AI. F The AI is very skilled at controlling the birds to the best of their abilities, for the most part.
  • The Goomba: Ordinary minion pigs serve as this, tending to be weaker than their brethren and, in the case of a certain subtypes, have a "joke attack" where they just stumble where they were, not hurting any enemy whatsoever or, in the case of the rouges, sneer at their opponents instead of actually attacking.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • In the final battle against Wizpignote , Prince Porky joins the birds on the second wave in retaliation for Wizpig's betrayal immediately prior in the plot. In Chronicle Cave, he can be chosen as an ally.
    • Pigiana Jones can be chosen as an ally in Chronicle Cave too.
  • Herd-Hitting Attack: Chuck's lightning attacks hit all the pigs at once.
  • Instrument of Murder: Several of Matilda's weapons are harps that she uses to bludgeon enemies with.
  • Job System: Red gets Fighter classes, Chuck gets Wizard classes, the Blues get Rogue, Matilda gets Cleric classes, and Bomb gets Pirates. Classes are changed through the bird's Cool Helmets.
  • Kill It with Water: Chuck's class, Rainbird, has its attack as raining down acid rain on every enemy... Yeah.
  • King Mook: The majority of bosses and mini-bosses in the game are simply larger and stronger versions of normal enemies, sometimes with different names and slightly different moves to set them apart. The final boss of Chronicle Cave 25 takes this trope Up to Eleven—not only does the Alphapig have over a million HP, but he's also essentially a stronger version of the Stick Pig. The very first enemy in the game.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: All of Red's classes have this theme: Knight, Guardian, Samurai, Avenger, and Paladin.
  • Instrument of Murder: Many of Matilda's weapons are based on harps. The crowning example of this is the Doom set's weapon, a Sinister Scythe with harp strings tied to it.
  • Leaked Experience: Levels are gained collectively, not individually.
    • Partially Averted with the new Mastery system. Only the classes present in any given battle can earn Mastery from that battle, so you can end up with a specific bird (or more like a specific class) being a Mastery level or two higher than all the others.
  • Life Drain: The source of most healing effects; usually 10-20% of damage dealt.
  • Limit Break: The Rage Chili. It builds up as you deal and take damage. When it is full, one bird can use their Rage Skill.
  • Mighty Glacier: Brutes (including the similar ones). They can withstand a lot of damage, but luckily, it takes 2-3 turns for them to unleash its devastating attack. This can be delayed if they're stunned, however.
  • Nerf Arm: Some pigs are armed with feathers tied to sticks. They prevent the Rage Chilli from charging up.
  • No Item Use for You: Sword Spirit's passive ability, Duel of Honor, prevents the use of potions.
  • No-Sell:
    • Class that deals light/multiplied damage vs. an enemy with Ironclad.note 
    • Class that deals heavy damage vs. an enemy with Dodge.note 
    • Demonic Wizpig won't take anymore damage from birds (except from Prince Porky or Mighty Eagle's favorite dish) if he has 1 HP left.
  • Number of the Beast: Birds at a certain level will deal 666 damage.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: The Blues can do a bit of everything, ranging from the Trickster's high damage/buffing to the Rogue's poison/counterattacking.
  • One-Hit Kill: Mighty Eagle's Favorite Dish. It is placed in the middle of the pig's side when given to any bird, summoning Mighty Eagle and hitting every pig. Contrary to popular belief, he's the only bird that can kill Demonic Wizpig.note 
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: Epic is an RPG instead of an Artillery Game.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The Bluebird's Classes are distinguished by being shoddy pig costumes; except for their Epic-tier class, which is a Conspicuous Trenchcoat and Fedora ensemble.
  • Play Every Day: The Golden Pig battles.
  • Pirate: Bomb's classes: Pirate, Cannoneer, Capt'n and Seadog. The only one that doesn't quite fit is Berserker.
  • Powerup Letdown: The gambling mechanics for obtaining loot have a chance to give you an item that is The Same, but More Specific to one you currently have equipped, or even give you a worse one.
  • Rearrange the Song: The theme song is a medieval-sounding horn-and-fife version of the original game's theme.
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  • Sinister Scythe: Matilda of all birds gets one as part of the Doom set.
  • Skippable Boss: While it is possible to fight Pigiana Jones/Adventurer Pig during the middle of the game (and appears on the overworld map like all the other main-story bosses that aren't fought in one of Wizpig's towers), you don't have to fight him in order to progress the story.
  • Squishy Wizard: Chuck tends to have the least HP of the birds. He's also a literal wizard in this game, having several spellcaster classes to choose from.
  • Standard Status Effects: Poison, Ivy, Stun.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: The Blues use a Bow and Arrow as some of their weapons.
  • Totem Pole Trench: The Bluebirds control as a single character, despite being three birds wearing one costume.
    • Amusingly enough, one of their classes even has them wearing a trench coat.
  • Token Enemy Minority:
    • Piggy Mc'Cool, a pig who is the merchant of the game who is disguised as a bird. He can also join the party in the daily dungeon levels.
    • Another is Professor Pig, a Mad Scientist who runs a potions shop.
    • Mc'Cool, Prince Porky, and Pigiana Jones can all fight with the party in the post-game Chronicle Cave.
  • Turns Red: Demonic Wizpig in the final level before the Chronicle Caves.
  • Underground Monkey: The Brutes, the Foreman Pigs, the Knight Pigs, the Shamans and the Wizard Pigs are the only pigs that have variants that are essentially counterparts to various Pig types within the game (to the point where it borders on the Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot trope as well). However, they're not the only types of pigs that has variants to them, as there are other types, like ordinary pigs, the bombs, the Pigmies, the ghost pigs, the zombie pigs and the ninja pigs.
  • Uniformity Exception:
    • Piggy Mc'Cool, the game's merchant, wears the exact same Paper-Thin Disguise he wore within Angry Birds Toons, presumably to invoke this trope in order to tell the other birds who he is (so that they don't attack him on site).
    • Freckled Pig, in his Prince Porky persona, has an even bigger discernible appearance within this game now that he's wearing a wig and a hat.
    • Pigiana Jones (AKA the Adventurer Pig) is technically a Pirate pig who wears a fedora instead of a pirate hat and wields a whip instead of a pirate weapon.
    • Wizpig is basically Chef Pig with a wizard hat and magic wand.


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