Angry Birds 2 Adds Bosses and Ditches Premium Model

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The enduringly popular mobile game Angry Birds has gotten a sequel in the form of Angry Birds 2, which launched today across iOS and Android. The core gameplay remains unchanged--you still fling birds at dangerously unstable structures in order to destroy pigs and reclaim eggs--but in addition to a graphical upgrade, developer Rovio has introduced a few big changes as well.

For one, the game is now entirely free-to-play. Unlike previous versions of Angry Birds that offered either a premium game or an ad-supported version, there's only one Angry Birds 2. Instead, your arsenal of birds takes the form of cards, and when you use them up, you lose a life. In typical free-to-play fashion, you can either wait for those lives to refill after using them up, or spend in-game currency to buy a few more chances.

Stages have a new, multi-area layout, and you start each stage with just a single card for each of the game's birds. You can freely choose which bird you want to use at any given time, and you can earn a bird back by causing more destruction. That means that doing well in the game lets you play continuously and without interruption. But it also means that just doing OK and barely clearing a part of a level, but using all of your birds to do so, may leave you with and empty arsenal and a "game over" screen.

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Angry Birds 2 also adds a new boss mechanic. These more resilient pig opponents take a lot more damage and require a little more strategy than the typical enemy, as shown in the gameplay video above.

There's only one type of currency in the game, gems, which can be earned by completing daily challenges or by paying real-world cash. That currency allows you to buy a second chance in a stage you fail or to purchase consumable spell cards that cause a large amount of concentrated destruction in a stage.

The change to a more traditional free-to-play model may draw some criticism from hardcore fans, but the move is unsurprising given the surge in users that games like Plants vs. Zombies 2 experienced after switching from premium to free-to-play.

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Angry Birds 2 launches today across mobile and tablet devices. The game includes multiple worlds and hundreds of stages to complete; additional worlds will be added to the game over time.

Previous Angry Birds games have had console releases as well, and, while developer Rovio has not ruled that out as a possibility for this sequel, a representative for the company told GameSpot that the current focus is on mobile platforms with no immediate plans for release on other platforms yet.

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Here's the problem with AB2 and how freemium ruined it.

Anyone who played the originals could spend hours retrying boards to get that perfect 3* score.

Now you only have five fails and once you've failed a total of five times you either have to wait half an hour for a new try or pay for one.

Now combine that with it constantly spamming you, forcing you to watch commercials, trying to hit you up for micro-transactions and begging you to spam your friends every board and it drained every last drop of fun out of the game.

This is a shame as the graphics are beautiful and the game is fun when it's not trying to earn money off of you.

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I like angry birds but won't play this one due to the freemium crap. If it was one price to get all the content then I would consider it.

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Angry Birds is still relevant? That game hasn't been relevant for nearly two years now.

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Angry Birds was such a great game before the piracy of Android caused the rise of the freemium model.

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I will not be playing this game. Greed has consumed yet another studio.

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Okay well I got to Free-to-play and I stopped.

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Please bring the premium model back PLEASE! I HATE the freemium model that constantly tries to nickel and dime you. This freemium model is what RUINED Real Racing 3 and Angry Birds Go and several other games that fell to freemium.

Now excuse me while I play REAL games on my Ps Vita and 3ds.

Oh yea, I am never downloading Angry Birds 2 because of this freemium model.

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That doesn't make sense. Speaking only for iOS the games have always been free-to-play with IAPs. I think some of their spin-offs had a one time purchase of maybe 1-2 dollars but they always had IAPs just like this new steaming pile of garbage.

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@jemlay: That is not factually accurate. Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons were one time purchases with free updates. Cost was a dollar on iPhone and 3 on iPad.

It was only when they ported to Android, where people won't pay for games (back then AT ALL) that they adopted the F2P model and started cramming in microtransactions.

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@deathstream: just looked at my payment history. Angry Birds was free at some point. Possibly an early bird special. Pun intended. Seasons was one of the spinoffs I was talking about.

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@jemlay: So we were both right? How is that possible? We are supposed to argue until we end up calling each other names.

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@deathstream: Oh yeah, well...I'm a moron! Oh wait....that's not right...

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I stopped at "free-to-play"

0.99 was perfect for Angry Birds. Heck, I'd pay 2-3 for it. But free-to-play means there's $100's worth of content to spend on.

I don't want to think about paying more money on a game like this. It's a time waster app, not a game I want to invest time in. They just lost a customer who has bought nearly every version of Angry Birds on iOS.

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Waiting for lives to refill? Stamina systems are unequivocally the worst kind of free to play games.

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" the game is now entirely free-to-play" ... "spend in-game currency to buy a few more chances"

That two sentences conflict with each other. This game is pay to play !!! bring back the premium version!!

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