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What 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.
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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.
For kids who love birds and puzzlers
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