Angry Birds 2

App review by
Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media
Angry Birds 2 App Poster Image
Cool new look, but monetization, new model mar a classic.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Game is easy to learn even if you don't already know the basic mechanics, but it's difficult to master.

Violence

Cartoon violence depicting birds flying into structures to knock them down and smash pigs, who get black eyes.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Highly commercialized and strong push toward in-app purchases/microtransactions; no parent gate. User can watch video ads to earn more play time. Part of Angry Birds franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds 2 features the same characters, theme, and physics-puzzle style as the other games in the franchise, but rather than being a self-contained, paid app, this is both social and freemium (free-to-play but with lots of in-app purchases and pushes to connect to social media). Parents also should note there is a large gallery of both Angry Birds-branded and similarly themed cartoons that are free to watch, but there are advertisements between episodes. Also, there's no parent gate between your kid and in-app purchases.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Kid, 10 years old December 22, 2015

Better than original

better, slightly easier, you might want to explain to young kids the pigs are bad, so they dont go around knocking people down!
Kid, 9 years old March 14, 2017

What's it about?

ANGRY BIRDS 2 doesn't alter the bizarre backstory behind the original hit game: Mean, green pigs sneaked into some birds' nests and stole their eggs. Enraged, the birds swear revenge, and the game starts. Pigs hide in ever-more-complex structures, and players have to use a slingshot to catapult birds at them in the hopes of crushing the pigs. Different birds have varied abilities, as they did before. In Angry Birds 2, however, you move along a map, and on each level you get certain "bird cards" and choose which bird is best suited to the task. If a player runs out of cards before completing the goal, she can buy more cards with in-game currency or real money. Watching video advertisements also earns more chances. Another notable change is that levels are no longer the same every time you play them; nor are the birds you get to solve the puzzles.

Is it any good?

From a production-quality standpoint, the game is excellent, but loyal fans might be disappointed with the focus on Facebook, ads, and microtransactions. The animation is highly polished, and the core gameplay is just as compelling. The controls work brilliantly, and the level of difficulty actually seems easier, at least on earlier levels, which makes it fun for kids. Unfortunately, the game is so highly integrated with Facebook that Angry Birds fans under 13 are left out of the gift giving, tournaments, and score sharing. Also, parents may hesitate to let younger kids play now that it's so easy to spend real money. For players who enjoyed the long-term strategy involved in beating certain levels, the sequel is far less satisfying, since levels and bird choices change. For quick bursts of bird flinging that rely less on carefully planned puzzle solving and more on playing the game often and socially, Angry Birds 2 is smashing fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cartoon violence and what makes it both entertaining and potentially harmful. How is it different from other types of violence in media?

  • Set expectations for in-app purchases, and tell kids your rules before downloading.

  • Talk to your kids about the video ads and the Angry Birds franchise. Why does it include ads in the app, and what's the appeal of other Angry Birds products?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
  • Pricing structure: Free (The game is free to download but there are lots of in-app purchases)
  • Release date: July 30, 2015
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 86.30 MB
  • Publisher: Rovio Entertainment Ltd
  • Version: 2.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up

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