Early Bird



Charming bird-flinging puzzler a la Angry Birds.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Like a lot of other physics-based arcade games, you'll need to learn about trajectory in order to triumph at Early Bird, but the game is fairly forgiving. 

Violence & scariness

Obstacles include thorns and electric lines that end the game, but not in a gratuitously violent fashion. 

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Early Bird is a physics-based puzzle game that's very reminiscent of Angry Birds and other popular apps about flinging objects to hit a target. Using swipes, users must aim a cute cartoon bird to a target where it pulls out a grumpy looking worm. The game is generally very family friendly, though obstacles like thorns and electricity that terminate the bird's flight might frustrate young players. The game takes things slowly, though, letting player get comfortable with the model before ratcheting up the difficulty level. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

Is it any good?


There's not a lot that's especially original about Early Bird, but the game still manages to charm your socks off. Swiping the screen to make your onscreen bird fly, after all, is one of the most common mechanics in the app world, but the attention to detail in the game is worthy of note. The artwork is wonderful and appropriate, the sense of satisfaction you get when your bird lands a perfect bullseye is real and the atmosphere is endearing. It's also priced at an easily digestible 99 cents, making Early Bird worth a peep ... er, peek. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:August 25, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:17.30 MB
Publisher:Booyah, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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Kid, 10 years old August 30, 2011

bad for kids

What other families should know
Educational value
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old December 19, 2011

the early bird gets the worm

cute bird that never gives up the worm is not a good role model he will stick his tounge out and will laughwhen you miss the target and it has some tricky courses and thornes but it is a fun game
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Educational value
Great role models
Adult Written byHD August 23, 2014

Early Bird Review: Review by Player

It is sure a fine game that takes strategy, but also fun. It used to be one of my favorite offline games, because I was once a big fan of Angry Birds, and this game seems to have a similar background to it. Noticing the other reviews, this game IS NOT VIOLENT. I am not sure whether the reviewer was being sarcastic or not, but this game is even considered close to educational and healthy. I recommend this app for those who are bored and want to try out a free, enjoyable game.
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