Over the past several weeks, I haven’t played a thing, except for an occasional fight in Angry Birds Epic. I haven’t been especially busy, albeit far busier than usual, but I did have other interests at the front and center, such as reading through A Clash of Kings. That being said, I managed to play through the main story of Angry Birds Epic and I think I can consider the game completed now, though I’m not really 100% sure.
How big is Angry Birds Epic?
I have no idea. What I do know is that it’s big and it didn’t necessarily have to be as big as it is.
Being a F2P game, a significant part of it is simply padding. In my previous analysis, I described the game as not too bad as far as F2P games go. I still hold the same opinion, but it has shifted for the worse ever so slightly.
Crafting items gets just a bit on the frustrating side. Getting through fights is just ever so slightly too slow. The game is just about difficult enough to force you into grinding a little bit, or tempt you to buy your way through it. It’s a F2P game balanced around convincing the player to pay up, there’s no doubt about it in my head.
It’s just that it isn’t as bad as most F2P games, and some of it’s bits and bytes can be refreshingly and surprisingly interesting or fun.
So let me try and figure out how big it is.
There are five different birds in total, each with five different hats, or classes, to use a more descriptive term. That’s a total of 25 characters to unlock.
Each class can be upgraded three times. Each upgrade gives 20% extra attack and defense. That’s a total of 75 significant upgrades to collect.
There are 173 levels in total, according to my count. A few are optional and a few unlock after the main story is completed. Seven of these are actually dungeons, each available one day of the week.
Once the main game is done, you unlock a cave beneath the central mountain, where a bunch of extra levels await to be conquered. These are long (several waves each) and difficult and are really meant as just something to do to keep grinding and hopefully paying. Each holds a special crafting recipe you can get if you’re lucky enough. I haven’t gotten past the first section there, but from what I read online, there’s 50 of these.
Other stuff you get to find
Other than the characters and the levels, you also get to craft potions and equipment and for that, you need to find or buy recipes.
You find some equipment recipes, but buy most of them in shops scattered across the map. As for the potion recipes, you unlock the ability to buy them as you level up and they’re available at Professor Pig’s Lab.
With crafting come crafting stations. With the basic anvil, for instance, with each crafting, you roll a dice which can land on 0, 1, 2 or 3 stars. The maximum amount of stars means you create an item with a maximum amount of stats. Upgrading the anvil increases the minimum amount of stars you are able to get by 1, so it can be important. However, I never bought a single crafting station upgrade in the entire game, and I was fine.
How big is the FP2 in Angry Birds Epic?
I guess this is the flip-side of the coin. It’s pretty big.
Past the initial one or two classes, you have to pay to unlock additional ones. I must admit, I haven’t been taking notes here, but my conservative estimate is that you need a bit over 3000 snoutlings and around 500 lucky coins to unlock all the classes, and you probably wont buy the final few until after you beat the game. You definitely won’t buy the final two classes before that happens, because it’s impossible.
You, of course, also have to pay for upgrades. The first upgrade level for each class costs 500 snoutlings, the second 2000 and the third costs 300 lucky coins. Since there are 25 classes in total, that means it would take 62500 snoutlings and 7500 lucky coins to upgrade them all.
There are several other things you get to pay for.
The first are crafting recipes.
These are on the cheap side and you’ll probably get by with about 500 snoutlings in total. I have yet to get to the final few crafting stores, but I don’t see them getting much more expensive. Keep in mind, I’m talking about equipment crafting recipes. Potion/food recipe purchases unlock as you level up and they cost way, way more. That being said, by the time I got to the end of the main map, I don’t think I’ve spent more than 2000 snoutlings on new crafting recipes. I just didn’t need them.
For the Chronicle Cave, though, it seems like I definitely will need potions on a regular basis, so buying stronger recipes now makes sense.
Just to illustrate recipe costs, this is what’s available at Professor Pig’s Lab at this time, after I’ve beaten the game and I’m at rank 16:
- Fruit Cake Rank 1, costs 1250 snoutlings, heals all birds for 200.
- Ultra Hot Veggie Cake, costs 1000 snoutlings, fills the rage bar by 50%
- Snow Apple Juice Rank 2, costs 400 snoutlings and heals for 240.
My usual party of birds, the Paladin, the Tricksters and the Druid have, in order, 979, 558 and 511 health, meaning I’m way behind on the recipes already, so I’m probably lagging behind by several thousand snoutlings.
So what are we looking at?
Let’s make a table:
These are very conservative estimates. I wouldn’t at all be surprised at all if the real numbers are closer to 100.000 snoutlings and over 10.000 lucky coins. I’m not even counting crafting station upgrades, which are 125 lucky coins each for the first level alone.
Playing casually by, for instance, going through a dungeon a day and maybe 2 or 3 extra battles with that dungeon, you’ll end up earning about 300 snoutlings, maybe 400 per day. You also get to fight the golden pig, which nets you 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 coins each consecutive day, resetting after the seventh day. That’s 28 coins, or 35 if you link your game to Facebook and get an extra coin a day, in a week. Let’s say you level up once a week, getting one more coin. That’s, at best, 38 lucky coins per week.
That would mean you’d have to keep playing for 177 day straight to get the snoutlings you need (at a very generous estimate of costs and earning rate), or 1473 days to get the lucky coins you need.
Doing the math kind of made me want to stop playing the game immediately, but I think I’ll at least push to the last key to unlock the final few levels on the overworld map.
Just for the heck of it, I did the math on the actual costs, should a player decide to go with the paying route.
Again, we need 71000 snoutlings and 8000 coins at the very least.
Going with the best deals available, it would cost $179,92 to buy 6000 lucky coins, or $269,97 to buy 9000.
Snoutlings cant be bought for real money directly. Instead, you have to buy lucky coins first and trade them in for snoutlings, with the best ratio being 17,5 to 1. With that ratio, for 71.000 snoutlings, you’d need another 3000 lucky coins on top of the 1000 leftover from the previous calculation.
That means another $89.99, bringing the grand total to $359,96.
Again, I’m seriously underestimating the true amount here. The real number is very likely above $500. Just let that sink in for a moment – a FREE to play game would cost the player a minimum of $360 to access all of the content.
Angry Birds Epic is a F2P game throughout and accessing all the content without paying is simply unrealistic.
That being said, the part that you do get to access is fun, interesting and at times engagingly challenging, so I’m not regretting the time investment that beating the game’s main story was and I might even keep playing it, at least for a little while.
That to being said, I wish there was a game like this that isn’t balanced around F2P, because the core concept itself was very fun and interesting. F2P didn’t make the game better. As usual, it made it worse.
In short, thanks to the F2P mechanics, you can get through about 80% of the main story with minimal grinding and a moderate amount of fun. Past that, you will grind for a bit, but it will feel more like the fun kind of RPG maintenance than actual tedium. Once you get to the final boss, it will probably have gotten to the point of being annoying and past that, if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up just playing for a while for the sake of at least getting all the core stuff (such as classes).
Unless there’s something seriously wrong with you, you probably wont get to see the entire game without paying up. I hope none of my readers are mad enough to play the game for 5 years in order to grind enough currency.
I will be adding some tips in a guide of sorts. Angry Birds Epic is relatively easy to figure out, but considering some of the important stuff you can do is limited in one way or another, doing it right for the first time is a big deal. Because of that, I’ll be listing optimal party compositions in general and on each of the more difficult levels.
I’ll also be listing optimal grinding strategies that I’ve stumbled onto, both for coins and crafting ingredients.
I’ll make the guide into a page and add the link here when I have it.