Angry Birds Seasons

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
Angry Birds Seasons App Poster Image
Gameplay evolves with underwater physics of "Piglantis."

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 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 easier to move than rock). Kids can also learn -- albeit superficially -- about different cultural traditions and festivals, from Chinese New Year to Easter to Halloween. Kids can get a feel for physics concepts through puzzle-solving against fun seasonal backdrops.

Ease of Play

The controls are easy to master, but the puzzles themselves can be very tricky to figure out. All instructions are shown in pictures, so no reading is required.

Violence & Scariness

When birds make contact with an obstacle they disappear in a tuft of feathers, but they demonstrate no pain and seem perfectly willing participants in the mayhem. Defeated pigs disappear in a puff of smoke. Pigs that are damaged but not yet defeated display bruising.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The app includes an in-app purchase option of the Mighty Eagle. It also contains links to download the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Spacesign up for the Angry Birds email newsletter, buy Angry Birds merchandise, and visit the developer's FacebookTwitter, and YouTube pages. Angry Birds-related ads appear every time the game is paused. Users can send Angry Birds-themed cards through Facebook.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the latest free update of Angry Birds Seasons introduces underwater physics to the popular app with 30 new Piglantis-themed levels celebrating summer holidays. The previous seasonal levels, including Halloween, Chinese Moon Festival, Easter, and St. Patrick's Day, are still playable too. For players who did not have Angry Birds Seasons already, it's a $.99 new app purchase. Gameplay is essentially the same (launch birds from a slingshot to collapse structures and destroy the pigs hiding inside), although now players will have to adjust for new factors such as buoyancy. The Mighty Eagle power-up is an in-app purchase that instantly destroys difficult levels. A one-time purchase of $.99 unlocks the power-up forever. The destruction in this app is done in such a silly and cartoony way that it's unlikely to make anyone uncomfortable. Also available are an iPad version of the game, Angry Birds Seasons HD, and an Android version of the game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byccfortk February 10, 2011

Follow the Seasons!

Love the seasons topic! My son even got that the Christmas one was the advent calendar!
Parent of a 2 year old Written byjamesdanielle December 7, 2010
Well for me..this a good apps for my kids though.It seems that its in holiday/season spirit.I think this is going to be good.I could recommend this truly for my... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 3, 2010
i bet this ones going to be good
Kid, 9 years old August 17, 2011

THE ADDICTING ANGRY BIRDS SEASONS!

See my review for the regular Angry Birds. Other than that it is addicting and fun.

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 destroy the pigs that are hidden on and inside them. Each set of levels has a different theme, like spring or Christmas. By observing how the birds behave in flight, and for some levels, underwater, kids will learn how gravity and momentum affect objects of different consistencies. Players can retry a level as many times as they want without penalty, leaving them free to experiment with different strategies.

Is it any good?

ANGRY BIRDS SEASONS isn't a true sequel to Angry Birds since gameplay is essentially the same except for the new seasonal themes (which include Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, and Valentine's Day). The 260 levels (plus bonus levels) are as challenging as ever and are an excellent value for players looking for an extra dose of Angry Birds fun. However, be warned that the app is saturated with ads for Angry Birds merchandise and other Angry Birds games, along with prompts to sign up for the developer's newsletter and social media feeds.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help kids build structures and knock them over. How can the app's physics principles be applied to these real-life models?

  • Explore each Seasons theme. If your city has a spring cherry blossom festival, for example, check it out. Why are symbols associated with holidays, like the shamrock with St. Patrick's Day?

App details

For kids who love puzzle apps

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