A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
There's no formal tutorial and the instructions are very bare bones. It doesn't take long to figure out how to control the birds, though. Tap one side of the screen and they'll head in the other direction.
Violence & Scariness
There are the usual arcade game obstacles, including spikes and electric arcs, but there's no blood or screams of pain. When a bird is shocked, you see a cartoon-like outline of its body and a flash of skeleton.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hungry Chicks is an arcade game that casts players as a mother bird (and sometimes two) trying to feed her/their children. While avoiding obstacles and barriers, the birds must collect worms on screen and bring them to a nest. Among those barriers are electric gates and spikes, which result in the end of the level if the player comes in contact with them. The violence is minimal, though, and cartoonish. Younger kids might find the game challenging, but there's nothing too objectionable content-wise.
Is It Any Good?
If you've grown wary of any game that hints at "birds" in the title, you're hardly to blame, but HUNGRY CHICKS isn't a knock-off of Angry Birds. It's actually a fun, though ultimately forgettable, bite-sized gaming diversion. The game, tailored for the iPhone and iPod Touch, is more complex and challenging than it seems at first glance, adding a second bird to the mix after a few levels, which forces players to collect the right number of worms for their specific nests. The controls are a bit odd and take some getting used to, but work well enough. And avoiding the obstacles can be a fun brain-teaser. It's not a game you'll find yourself raving about, but it's one you may find yourself playing to pass the time -- and since it's cheap, it's a safe investment.
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