Playground takes place in the outsides of Rio de Janeiro underneath a blue sky during sunset. In the background, the seas and coasts, which are covered in fog, can be spotted in front of some mountains. The grass is green with a blueish tone and is on top of some gray rocks. The front layer also has some vegetation.
As with all the other episodes in the game, the main goal of Playground is to take down all the marmosets in the levels by launching a limited set of birds using a slingshot. The marmosets are sheltered inside of structures made of wood, glass, and/or stone.
Being the tutorial episode of the game, Playground allows the player to use as many power-ups as they want.
|Image||Level||3-star tips||Total Destruction tips|
|1||The player must launch Red to the bottom part of the building, thus bringing it down and taking down all the marmosets on it. The player must get 79000 points to get the three stars.||The player must repeat the same process as before. After doing so, they must launch a sardine to bring the Mighty Eagle and destroy the palm trees on the right. This should fill the destruction gauge.|
|2||The player must launch the Blues to the bottom part of the building on the left, thus bringing it down and taking down the marmoset in it. Then, they must launch the Blues again to the building made of glass, taking down the two marmosets in it. The player needs to get 61000 points to get the three stars.||The player needs to repeat the aforementioned method and launch a sardine to make the Mighty Eagle destroy the remaining objects.|
|3||The player must launch Chuck to the building that is on the top right part of the level, bringing it down, taking down the marmosets on it, and crushing the marmoset that is beneath it. Then, they must launch Chuck to the building next to the slingshot, bringing it down and taking down the remaining marmosets. They should get 100000 points to be awarded the three stars.||The process mentioned on the left must be repeated, but launching a sardine to make the Mighty Eagle destroy the remaining objects.|
- Playground uses the same background and assets from Rocket Rumble, though it lacks the mushrooms from the latter.
- Playground and Hidden Harbor are the only episodes in Angry Birds Rio that do not have bonus levels.