A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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 Space, sign up for the Angry Birds email newsletter, buy Angry Birds merchandise, and visit the developer's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. Angry Birds-related ads appear every time the game is paused. Users can send Angry Birds-themed cards through Facebook.
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.
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.
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