In Rio, the familiar Angry Birds have been kidnapped and taken to Rio de Janeiro. Just as in the original Angry Birds, players use a slingshot to launch birds at nearby structures, with the intent of hitting targets located on or within them. Instead of evil pigs that have stolen eggs, players must now rescue caged exotic birds or defeat evil marmosets, depending on the level being played. Certain levels allow players to use Blu and Jewel, the two lead characters from Rio. The game also includes the first boss fights to appear in the series, when the player uses the birds to attack Nigel, the main antagonist from the film, as well as new hidden items to collect as the player progresses through the game.