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Smugglers' Plane is the sixth episode in Angry Birds Rio. Hal and Bubbles make their debut in this episode. The first half was released on November 22, 2011 while the second half was released on January 26, 2012.
While it was believed that Smuggler's Plane would be the final episode of Angry Birds Rio, Rovio announced via their blog that "We’ll still be creating great new content for Angry Birds Rio based on deleted scenes and extras from the movie. So keep your eyes peeled for even more great Angry Birds Rio levels coming up soon!"
The ending cut-scene first shows the caged bird species flying back to Rio by exiting the back of the plane. Nigel is hit through the windshield; he tries to stay ahead of the propeller, but the plane is too fast. He gets caught and comically loses his feathery coat. The Birds finally hijack the plane and pilot it home.
The second part shows a single panel of the Birds on the plane flying back to Piggy Island and away from Rio. The Pigs, seeing the unguarded eggs, are ready to steal them, but the Birds foil the theft attempt by crash-landing the plane near the eggs. The cut-scene ends with the Birds, who have survived the plane crash, looking happy that their eggs remained safe and sound with the Pigs spying on them from behind the wreckage. Perhaps the Pigs would have succeeded if they started sooner…
- This is the only time in the game where the Pigs appear as themselves unlike Carnival Upheaval, where they were balloons.
- There is an extra Rio level when you earn all of the golden fruits. The level contains a bunch of pig balloons and in the middle is an actual King Pig balloon.
- The cutscene where the birds escape and Nigel loses his feathers is a level itself, not a cutscene.
- In newer versions, the game can ask if the player needs help with the level and recommend him to get a free Sling Scope for 5 minutes by watching an ad.
- The level will fail and the game will ask if the player needs an extra bird, if the bird denies, the level will fail and the full cutscene won't be shown.
- Blu appears in 12-5/6-20 and [], Even if he has been captured.