Angry Birds Friends
What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Angry Birds Friends engages players with challenging gameplay and regularly updated new challenges to solve. Players consistently have new levels to play.
Kids can learn about gravity, momentum, and trajectory, as well as how different physical surfaces are more or less destructible than others.
The game keeps track of your performance against friends and ensures there's always a reason to come back for more.
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.
Families can talk 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.