Angry Birds Rio Available Now! 2 Episodes w/60 Levels. 4 More Episodes Later in 2011. Thumbs Up for Game Play

The Angry Birds franchise just grew by one app. Angry Birds Rio is a tie-in to the soon-to-be-released movie “Rio.” It is available for a number of platforms including the iPhone and iPad where it first took off. The iPhone version costs 99 cents while Angry Birds HD for iPad is $2.99.

I bought and installed Angry Birds Rio for my iPhone 4. The graphics on the retina display is spectacular. It has what looks to me like top-notch old-school Warner Brothers Looney Toons and Merrie Melodies quality animation. The gameplay is, in my opinion, back to the great quality of the original Angry Birds. I did not enjoy the quirky puzzles in Angry Birds Seasons.

Some people may be slightly disappointed that Angry Birds Rio only provides two episodes with 60 levels (although 60 is a lot). On the other hand, the episodes list has empty slots that indicate new episodes will be available in May, July, October, and November of 2011. That’s a lot to look forward to and will keep the game fresh year-long. That seems like a good value for 99 cents to me.

Angry Birds Rio currently has a 5-star (out of a possible 5) average customer rating in the iTunes App Store. I tend to agree with that rating from what I’ve seen so far.