Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Angry Birds meets Pokémon Go in fun real-world action.

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Ease of Play

Game mechanics are very familiar at this point, but ability to get closer and further away from the target (and to move around it) adds layer of complexity that some will find challenging. 

Violence & Scariness

Mild cartoon violence that will be familiar to anyone who has played any other Angry Birds game. 

Sexy Stuff

Viewers will be forced to watch video ads from time to time, such as between levels and when they need an extra bird. This is the latest in the long-running Angry Birds franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs is an augmented reality game for iOS devices. The game is the latest title in the well-known arcade/puzzle series. The game features the same fun and challenging physics puzzles found in all variations of the game, combining both physics and gravitational pull, depending on the level, but only in real-world environments (much like the Pokémon you find in Pokémon Go). The app's cartoonish violence is unlikely to upset anyone, but the forced video ads might become annoying. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In ANGRY BIRDS AR: ISLE OF PIGS, players drag and tap their finger on the screen to aim and launch birds out of a giant slingshot to collapse structures and destroy the pigs that are hidden on and inside them. But since the levels are in the real world, you can walk around them and target your fire to specific weak points that would be hidden if you were firing from a fixed point. By observing how the birds behave in flight, players can learn how gravity and momentum affect objects in motion. Players can retry a level as many times as they want without penalty, leaving them free to experiment with different strategies until they've mastered the level. Also, if you fall a bit short and need an additional bird, you can now earn one by watching a video ad. 

Is it any good?

Augmented reality meets one of mobile gaming's biggest franchises -- and it's a near perfect match. Angry Birds might not be as rabidly popular as it once was, but by folding in augmented reality and new gameplay hooks, Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs could launch a resurgence in popularity. The gameplay that's so familiar is tweaked by the ability to move around the pigs' structure and look for angles to aim at, causing a chain of destructive events. And often, you have to move in close to find things like hidden boxes of TNT that can result in higher scores. 

That new gameplay style isn't as easy to learn as the original game, though, which might frustrate some players. There's a lot more trial and error this time, and earning three stars on levels is a lot harder. (That's notable, as those stars -- which are now coins -- need to be redeemed to advance to later levels.) Players may also experience more eyestrain than in a typical game of Angry Birds, since they're staring at the screen more intensely than before when targeting strikes. That likely won't prove too much of a dissuasion for many people, though, because Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs is still very entertaining, and will amuse players for quite some time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fun places to set up the levels. Which flat surfaces give you the most mobility and opportunities to target your slingshot?

  • How can the physics principles learned in this game be applied to real-life models?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: April 29, 2019
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 191.20 MB
  • Publisher: Rovio Entertainment
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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