A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: gravity, momentum, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, solving puzzles, strategy
- 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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