What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angry Birds Trilogy is a compilation of three popular physics-based puzzle games long available for various phone and tablet platforms. It's extremely accessible to start, and safe for pretty much all ages (the worst it gets are some cartoonish piggy faces with black eyes), but the puzzles become much more challenging -- perhaps too challenging for younger kids -- as the game wears on. Parents should note, too, that kids who play the game may be more easily enticed by other Angry Birds products, including stuffed animals, card games, and an upcoming movie.
What kids can learn
- substance properties
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Clever puzzles will appeal to kids' urge to strategize while at the same time satisfying everyone's primal interest in smashing stuff. The controls -- originally made for smartphones -- translate surprisingly well to a gamepad.
Physics, logic, and strategy are core facets of this puzzler. Kids will need to think about momentem, object properties, and how they fit within the game's specific rule set.
There's not much instruction and little in the way of hints, but this is a game about experimentation and trial-and-error play. Most kids should do okay, and if they need help there's no shortage of online walkthroughs.
What's it about?
If you've somehow managed not to play Rovio's impossibly popular puzzler yet, have no fear: ANGRY BIRDS TRILOGY for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS is here. This game is a compilation of three of the series best-loved entries, including Angry Birds Classic, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Seasons. The objective is simple: use a slingshot to fling birds with various powers at teetering structures of wood and stone in an effort to pummel the piggies and monkeys hiding within. This new iteration is remastered for high-definition TVs, sports improved music and sound effects, and has a few extra features, including concept art, bird bios, a handful of exclusive levels, and even a basic player leveling system.
Is it any good?
There's little denying this is a fun game. Rovio knows how to make clever puzzles that appeal to our urge to strategize while at the same time satisfying our primal interest in smashing stuff. And the game's controls translate quite well to a traditional controller, affording accurate aiming and speedy menu selections.
However, it's also a case of overkill -- not to mention over-pricing. Do people really need to play a game meant for a 4-inch screen on a 50-inch (or bigger) home theatre system? And do they really need to pay $40 for the privilege? (Keep in mind that you likely purchased all of these games for a pittance for your phone or tablet.) There's little wrong with Angry Birds Trilogy from a technical perspective, but it would have been better delivered as a $5 or $10 downloadable game rather than a $40 boxed title. Wait for the bargain bins.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about physics. Why do you think we find it fun to trigger destructive events fuelled by gravity and explosions? Can you think of other games in which physics plays a primary role?
Families can also discuss how to be wise consumers. When does it make sense to buy a product stamped with a brand that you happen to like? When doesn't it make sense?