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Parents need to know that Angry Birds Space is the first true sequel to the incredibly successful Angry Birds. It features the same fun and challenging physics puzzles that made the first game and its spin-offs so popular, but the levels now take place in outer space where objects are affected by gravitational pull in ways that shake up the gameplay significantly. There are 60 new free levels spread across two worlds, plus 15 bonus levels. An additional world can be unlocked by paying another $.99. Might Eagle power-ups are now pay-per-use rather than permanently unlocked by a one-time purchase as in previous games, but players can also earn them in-game. The app's cartoonish violence is unlikely to upset anyone. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. HD versions for the iPad and certain Android devices are available for $2.99. From now through April, players can unlock a bonus Golden Egg level by participating in MTV's "A Thin Line" anti-bullying campaign.
Kids can learn about gravity, momentum, and trajectory with Angry Birds Space. The space setting teaches kids how small objects are affected by the gravitational pull of much larger objects such as planets. Kids can also observe how different physical surfaces are more or less destructible (ice, for example, is more breakable than rock), and use momentum to cause asteroids to ricochet off each other at different angles. Kids can link through to a NASA website with educational links and videos about gravity and the space station. Angry Birds Space may be set in a fantasy world, but it can teach plenty about real-world physics.
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