Angry Birds Space

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
Angry Birds Space App Poster Image
Sequel introduces new levels that have gravitational pull.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 16 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 with Angry Birds Space. The space setting teaches kids how small objects are affected by the gravitational pull of much larger objects such as planets. Kids can also observe how different physical surfaces are more or less destructible (ice, for example, is more breakable than rock), and use momentum to cause asteroids to ricochet off each other at different angles. Kids can link through to a NASA website with educational links and videos about gravity and the space station. Angry Birds Space may be set in a fantasy world, but it can teach plenty about real-world physics.

Ease of Play

The controls are as easy as ever, but puzzles can be quite tricky. 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. If players burst the oxygen bubble around pigs that are floating in space, the pig will turn to ice and explode (representing what happens to life forms in space without protective equipment). Pigs that are damaged but not yet defeated display bruising.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The app contains links to download Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons, and visit the developer's FacebookTwitter, YouTube, and Weibo pages. The first two worlds (60 levels) and bonus levels are free to play, but players must pay another $.99 to unlock the third world. Players can also pay to purchase Mighty Eagle power-ups, or earn them in-game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds Space is the first true sequel to the incredibly successful Angry Birds. It features the same fun and challenging physics puzzles that made the first game and its spin-offs so popular, but the levels now take place in outer space where objects are affected by gravitational pull in ways that shake up the gameplay significantly. There are 60 new free levels spread across two worlds, plus 15 bonus levels. An additional world can be unlocked by paying another $.99. Might Eagle power-ups are now pay-per-use rather than permanently unlocked by a one-time purchase as in previous games, but players can also earn them in-game. The app's cartoonish violence is unlikely to upset anyone. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. HD versions for the iPad and certain Android devices are available for $2.99. From now through April, players can unlock a bonus Golden Egg level by participating in MTV's "A Thin Line" anti-bullying campaign.

User Reviews

Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy February 10, 2013

Another amazing Angry Birds game.

If you have read my review on an Angry Birds game,you'll see that i'm a huge fan of the game.I play it on my Android Tablet A LOT.Angry Birds Space is... Continue reading
Adult Written byJEDI micah February 10, 2013

How much more addicting can Angry Birds get?!

There's a reason why Angry Birds is so iconic: IT IS SO ADDICTING!!! And this one, Angry Birds Space, is another "must have" app for any smartpho... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 26, 2012
Kid, 12 years old March 22, 2012

new angry bird game is the best yet

Best new game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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. By observing how the birds behave in flight, players learn how gravity and momentum affect objects in motion. 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?

The birds in ANGRY BIRDS SPACE all sport futuristic new looks (no doubt a new line of Angry Birds Space plushies is already on the way), but the sequel offers more than just cosmetic changes. The outer space setting introduces the new physics concept of gravitational pull, so birds that are launched out of the slingshot can now curve around large planets, and crash into asteroids and other obstacles to push them and cause chain reactions. The result is gameplay that is familiar but different, and that challenges players to come up with new and increasingly creative solutions for each puzzle. Other minor -- but welcome -- enhancements include new birds (such as one that turns anything it touches to ice) and an aiming guide that shows what the trajectory of the bird will be before it launches, which improves accuracy and cuts down on wasted turns. Angry Birds Space is an enjoyable sequel that takes the series in a refreshing new direction.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Visit your local space museum or science center so kids can learn more about gravity and outer space.

  • Contrast the physics of this game with the first Angry Birds game. How does gravitational pull change the way objects behave?

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