Angry Birds Friends

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Clever social version of mobile favorite requires Facebook.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about gravity, momentum, and trajectory, as well as how different physical surfaces are more or less destructible than others (ice, for example, is more breakable and easy to move than rock). Teens can also use momentum to make objects slam into each other and cause destructive chain reactions. Angry Birds Friends lets teens observe real-world physics concepts through hands-on, trial-and-error puzzle-solving.

Ease of Play

The controls are as easy as ever to players who are familiar with this type of game, but puzzles can be quite tricky. Instructions are shown in pictures, so no reading is required.

Violence

Cartoony birds launch themselves out of slingshots to break through wood, glass, and stone obstacles -- and ultimately to flatten evil pigs. When the pigs are defeated, they disappear in a puff of smoke. If they are damaged by falling debris, but not entirely destroyed, the pigs will develop bruised, black eyes. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can purchase in-game currency with real-world money to buy advantages in the game to help boost their score -- but that's not aggressively pushed on players. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds Friends is a socially focused installment of the popular mobile game series. Players play a half-dozen new maps each week in a rotating series of tournaments, with the goal of getting the highest score. Their opponents are friends on Facebook and in their phone or tablet's contact list. (If friends don't have the game, players can contact them and encourage them to play.) No one plays against random strangers. In addition, there are in-app purchase opportunities for in-game bonuses that kids could spend real-world money obtaining. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byParent of a kid July 14, 2013

Not really good.

Not really good. You have to be 13, since you need facebook.
Adult Written byLousie M. September 4, 2018

Angry Birds Friends Parent Guide

"Angry Birds Friends" is a video game that is available on mobile devices. It is from the "Angry Birds" game series. As usual, the story is... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTommyhead October 30, 2013

Very Social

it's good for lots of teens that want to communicate with others.
Teen, 14 years old Written byRummy-Bummy May 10, 2013

Fantastic

It is fantastic; AngryBirds are for children and they are fun.What is better , to go out with friends where is unsafe or to play AngryBirds(friends) in home?... Continue reading

What's it about?

As with other Angry Birds games, kids 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. 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.

Is it any good?

Given how prevalent social media interaction is in games like Candy Crush Saga, it was only a matter of time before the Angry Birds got in on the act. Angry Birds Friends does a pretty good job of bringing friends together -- and offers plenty in the way of new features (such as birds that puff up or lay eggs on pigs). And it certainly doesn't hurt that the game is free. The in-app purchase options are just that -- options. And they're not aggressively pushed to players, but avid players will likely be susceptible to buying them. If you simply play weekly, though, they won't be essential. 

It would be nice to see a one-on-one tournament option rather than just the larger collection of friends, but developer Rovio once again delivers an entertaining experience that will keep fans happy. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Challenge your teen to a game. You'll need a Facebook login and Internet connection to play.

  • Play a game of basketball to show the importance of trajectory and judging distance.

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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