A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find 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 & Scariness
Cartoon violence depicting birds flying into structures to knock them down and smash pigs, who get black eyes.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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