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Angry Birds Dream Blast

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining but easy all-ages puzzle game.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls and is rather easy.

Violence & Scariness

While the birds do explode, there's no blood or gore; it's all rather cartoony.

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Players can earn coins by playing, watching ads, or spending real money. Coins are then used to keep playing when players run out of turns. Players can also buy special power-ups. Static ads run when you lose a round. This is the latest game in the massively popular Angry Birds franchise, which has spawned games, toys, and TV shows.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds Dream Blast is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices. While it does have birds that explode, it's handled in a cartoonish way, and doesn't result in any blood or gore. Players can earn gold coins by either beating levels, watching video ads, or by purchasing this currency in the game's store with real money. These coins are then used to keep playing when a player runs out of turns. Players can also buy power-ups, though they are earned through playing as well. The game displays static ads run when you lose a round. 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?

Like other Angry Birds games, ANGRY BIRDS DREAM BLAST doesn't have a story. It's a puzzle game, and the objective is to complete the puzzles, or certain puzzle-related tasks, before running out of turns. But you don't know why you're doing this, or why the birds are so angry (though maybe making them explode so you can pop some balloons is a hint). Like similar puzzle games, you tap on balloons to pop them in hopes of fulfilling certain conditions.

Is it any good?

While this puzzle game is clever and fun, it's also just a little too easy. In Angry Birds Dream Blast, you have to pop balloons to complete such tasks as dropping eggs to the floor or destroying some pig-shaped balloons. This also rewards you with exploding birds if you link enough balloons of the same color, and these birds who go boom can even combine to form stronger exploding birds. But unlike similar connect-3 games, this just requires you to tap on one of the balloons to pop all of the ones of the same color that are connected, instead of drawing connections between them. You also don't have to find three of the same color amid all the balloons, just two. That's why this is a lot easier than other puzzle games that use this mechanic. And yet, as easy as this may be, it's still rather fun, largely because it has a lot of different objectives and clever mechanics.

Some puzzles require you to form the aforementioned exploding birds so you can take out blocks of ice. Others have locks that only open when you pop enough of a certain color balloon. All of the variety in the game is why, despite being a bit too easy, Angry Birds Dream Blast is almost as much fun as, well, every other Angry Birds game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. Angry Birds Dream Blast gives you coins for watching ads, and ads come up when you lose a round, but does this bother you? Would you play this more if it had fewer ads?

  • Does it make good financial sense to spend a lot of money on Angry Birds Dream Blast when you can earn coins just by playing?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions and ads
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 31, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 149.00 MB
  • Publisher: Rovio
  • Version: 1.5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up

For kids who love puzzles

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