Angry Birds Rio

 
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Learning(i)

Giant puzzle franchise expands -- now with movie tie-in.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game features six sets of puzzles (each 30 levels), using the same (now familiar) gameplay of the original game. The first set is incredibly simple, though, and doesn't present much challenge until the final two or three levels. From there, the difficulty begins to ramp up.

Violence & scariness

Cartoon birds fling themselves via slingshot to decimate wood, glass, and stone obstacles to free their caged bird companions or take out marmosets.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is essentially a marketing vehicle for the upcoming Fox animated film Rio and features (non-speaking) appearances by Blu and Jewel, the two cartoon stars. Players can purchase unlimited use of the Mighty Eagle for 99 cents.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. With iDevices, the game can connect to Apple's Game Center so that players can post achievements to leaderboards.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds Rio is a movie tie-in featuring the characters from the popular Angry Birds app. It uses the same sort of fun and engaging physics puzzles that made the original such a hit, but with settings based on the Fox film Rio. Rare birds are caged against their will and must be set free. The game has minor violence as the birds launch themselves at structures -- and the damage done is very cartoonish. Players can spend a dollar as an in-app purchase to get the Mighty Eagle to help when they get stuck. For iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, the app connects to Apple's Game Center to allow players to compare against each other for high scores. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • momentum
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

New Angry Birds levels are never a bad thing -- and with 180 levels, Angry Birds Rio will keep fans of the hit franchise happy for a while. Still, although the thrill of the game is still there, it shows signs of aging.

Learning Approach

Kids can't help but learn about physics as they observe how objects interact. They can retry levels, so they can experiment with strategies until they find a solution that causes maximum destruction and nets them the most points.

Support

Connects to Apple's Game Center to allow players to compare each other's scores. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • momentum
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • hypothesis-testing
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

What's it about?

Kids drag and tap their finger on the screen to aim and launch birds out of a giant slingshot to collapse structures and free birds or take out marmosets. By observing how the birds behave in flight, they'll learn how gravity and momentum affect objects of different consistencies (such as glass, wood, and rock). 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?

QUALITY
 

New Angry Birds levels are never a bad thing -- and ANGRY BIRDS RIO provides plenty. With 180 levels, this will keep fans of the hit franchise happy for a while. Veterans of the game, though, might be disappointed with how easy the beginning levels are this time around, although there are other elements, such as hidden fruits and new achievements, to keep them busy. While the visceral thrill of the game is still there, the gameplay shows signs of aging. Angry Birds has been around for a while now, and there are lots of clones on the market. It's still a lot of fun, but Angry Birds Rio is noticeably less addicting than Angry Birds.

Families can talk about...

  • Help kids build their own structures and knock them over. How can the physics principles learned in Angry Birds Rio be applied to these real-life models?

  • Contrast the physics of this game with Angry Birds Space. How are the "floaty" physics of Angry Birds Space different?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99-$2.99
Release date:May 13, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:Rovio Entertainment Ltd
Version:1.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 1.6 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 8 years old April 30, 2011
 

Great app!

This app is pretty great. It contains a bit of fighting, but it's cartoon violence, so no one gets hurt.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Kid, 8 years old April 5, 2011
 
its ok
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
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