Angry Birds Star Wars II

Common Sense Media says

Trickier but still good fun; heavier focus on buying.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls are very familiar at this point, but puzzles can be quite tricky. Instructions are shown in pictures, so no reading is required.

Violence & scariness

When birds or pigs make contact with obstacles, they disappear in tufts of feathers, but they demonstrate no pain and seem to be perfectly willing participants in the mayhem. Defeated enemies disappear in puffs of smoke. Pigs that are damaged but not yet defeated display bruising and sometimes bleeding. In addition to using themselves as weapons, some birds (and pigs) swing lightsabers and fire lightning bolts.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app contains links for downloading other Angry Birds games, and players can spend real-world money (in amounts ranging from $2 to $100) to unlock additional characters. These characters also can be unlocked with Angry Birds Telepods, real-world objects you can buy in stores. The app is obviously tied in with the Star Wars franchise as well. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements and, for some games, challenge friends.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds Star Wars II is the sequel to the incredibly popular mobile game franchise's take on the Star Wars universe. The fun and challenging physics puzzles follow the same formula, combining physics, magnetism, and gravitational pull, depending on the level. The app's cartoonish violence is unlikely to upset anyone. Still, it seems harder to get three stars on the puzzles this time around, and there is a heavier commercial focus. In-app purchases of in-game currency run from $2 to $100, and players can buy real-world toys to unlock characters in the game through QR codes.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • prediction
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The pairing of Angry Birds with Star Wars works wonderfully. Incorporates elements of the Star Wars mythos into the game in smart ways that up the fun factor.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn a little about physics, logic, and strategy. Players need to analyze each tower and evaluate their birds' abilities before setting out to demolish structures.

Support

Instructions are shown in pictures, so no reading is required. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements and challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • prediction
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn a bit about physics, logic, and strategy as they figure out the best ways to solve the game's puzzles. Players need to analyze each tower and evaluate their birds' (or pigs') abilities before setting out to demolish structures in as efficient a manner as possible. Kids also can use momentum to make objects slam into each other and cause destructive chain reactions. Angry Birds Star Wars II lets kids observe real-world physics concepts through hands-on, trial-and-error puzzle solving.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Kids drag and tap a 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, magnetism, 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 each level. Certain birds have special powers; for example, Jango Fett fires a blaster, whereas Jar Jar uses his tongue to latch onto things and change his trajectory. Separately purchased Angry Birds Star Wars II toys come with Telepod figurines, which feature a small QR code on the bottom. When players purchase one and put a Telepod on a device's camera, that figurine is transferred into the game.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

We've seen so many incarnations of Angry Birds at this point, it's hard to change anyone's mind: People like the game, or they don't. If you're in the like camp, you'll find plenty to enjoy here. The formula remains largely unchanged, but there are enough new twists -- such as young Anakin's pod-racer power or Jar Jar's tongue trapeze -- that it won't feel like a carbon copy. If you're not a fan, there's nothing here that will change your mind. 

The commercial aspects of Angry Birds are ramped up this time. Although points unlock characters, the ability to buy points for up to $100 feels like a cash grab. Also, though the ability to unlock characters via store-bought Telepods is a unique take on the Skylanders/Disney Infinity movement to blend real and virtual toy worlds, it feels somewhat out of place in the app world -- as if the goal of the game is to move merchandise rather than to focus on gameplay. 

Families can talk about...

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

  • If your kids follow the Star Wars franchise, ask them how the plot, setting, and characters and their abilities in this game compare to those in other Star Wars titles.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free-$.99
Release date:September 18, 2013
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:44.30 MB
Publisher:Rovio Entertainment Ltd
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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Kid, 8 years old October 4, 2013
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6
QUALITY
 

better than the first angry birds star wars

this is the best angry birds game yet its better than the first angry birds star wars the characters look better and it follows the movie and has characters that dont exist in angry birds star wars like qui-gon-jin or something while may have a bit of violence so can be for 6 and up but itt has no bad words its also really safe with lots of consuerism
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 9 years old December 1, 2013
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

awesome and cool

this is a wonderful game no chrases bird credits are cheap and useable Jango Fett Yoda And Mace Windu are awesome download today free or 0.99 $
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 10 years old August 10, 2014
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

cool also telpods are cool

play it i got like 10 out of 54 telpods also jedi luke and carboinite han solo are cool
What other families should know
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Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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