Angry Birds Casual

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Action flies high, provided you don't run out of moves.

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Ease of Play

Players get some basic instructions in the beginning and can click on a question mark beside an image of the bird they're shooting in rounds to find out what abilities it has. There's no general FAQ or list of playing instructions, though.

Violence & Scariness

Kids catapult cartoon birds at objects, but the birds don't seem to be in pain when they collide with them.

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Consumerism

Players can make in-app purchases ranging from $1.99 to $39.99. This is the latest in the Angry Birds franchise, which has spanned games, movies, toys, books, and more.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds Casual is a strategy game for iOS and Android devices. This is the latest game in the popular Angry Birds franchise, which has covered movies, games, and more. While the game's available for free, and can be played without paying anything, gamers may need to pause periodically while their lives reset. They can't choose which bird to shoot -- the app cycles through them in rounds -- which would possibly make finishing in less than the allotted amount of moves easier. Players may earn a couple of extra moves from mystery boxes they break open while playing, but they most likely won't be enough to really help if they get stuck. Younger players could find completing rounds with the set amount of moves they're given difficult as they progress. The app reminds them when they're running low on moves, though, which is helpful. While you're tossing birds into objects, there's no blood or gore shown as a result of the collisions.

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What's it about?

Players pull a slingshot back to shoot characters at block formations to free Hatchlings in ANGRY BIRDS CASUAL. They can see a dotted line indicating what path a projected toss will take before committing to it, and periodically, objects dangle from the sky or surround Hatchling targets, which adds complexity. As players progress, they unlock new birds that provide various skills -- Red, for example, will bounce off multiple blocks. Players can collect coins by completing levels, which can be used to get more moves if you run out.

Is it any good?

The latest installment in this popular game series offers well-paced challenges that should entertain adults but are also easy enough for younger kids to play. The game doesn't throw an overabundance of new power-up items at you to help you advance in each round. That allows players to practice using the birds' abilities -- one, for instance, explodes on impact. While the action moves steadily, rounds have more than one block formation and feature progressively challenging, yet not frustratingly hard elements, so they don't whizz by too fast. In some, items get lifted by a bubble and dropped to the ground, offering a greater impact. In others, players try to pop balloons to release a Hatchling.

Each round needs to be completed using a given number of moves. At first, that isn't too hard. But as you progress, if you run of moves out before freeing all the Hatchlings, you can use coins you've earned for a few more tries. Coins can be slow to earn, though, so you'll likely burn through what you have quickly and be directed to the app's store to buy a coin package. You can instead use the hearts, or lives, you're given at the start of the game to extend rounds. But those, too, won't last forever. If players are fairly skilled and have the patience to really consider the best moves to make, they may not run into any issues. But if they get stuck on a particular round, they may have no other option than to buy coins -- or stop playing Angry Birds Casual until their lives refill, which can take 25 or so minutes. If players can wait that long, they may find Angry Birds Casual to be a fun way to spend time, while rescuing some little birds that are clearly in trouble.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about strategies to use when problem solving in games like Angry Birds Casual. How can kids create a plan to advance through levels?

  • What can kids do if they can't figure out how to move forward? Can you figure out ways to work around issues that arise in games, and can you apply these lessons to real life?

  • Does it make good financial sense to spend a lot of money to buy coins and extend rounds when you can earn them by just playing?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: March 31, 2020
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 135.00 MB
  • Publisher: Rovio Entertainment
  • Version: 0.3.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 12.0 or later or Android 5.0 and up.
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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