Tap Birds



Sim aviary requires either patience or real money.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Playing is easy because, honestly, there's not much to do. You feed birds, clean poop, and buy things. The rest of the time, you're just enjoying your aviary.


Unfed birds will die. You may turn on the app to find your birds lying on their backs, feet up, and motionless. You can use your "bird bucks" to revive them if you want.


You can breed birds in the game, but there's nothing graphic or sordid about it.

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While you can play the game for free, your options are sorely limited and progress will occur at a glacial pace. In order to earn enough "bird bucks" to get interesting breeds and accessories, you are urged to either buy them with real money from your iTunes account, or to download other apps (both free and paid ones), for which you will be rewarded with bird bucks as a thank you.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Other players can randomly  view your aviary, but they won't find out anything about you (other than how well you care for your fake birds).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tap Birds is an aviary simulation game that puts pressure on players to buy extras or download other unrelated apps. Buying new birds and accessories with which to decorate your aviary will cost you lots of  "bird bucks." But you earn bird bucks very slowly in the game, so impatient players will be tempted to take advantage of the "special offers" in the app. You can spend real money from your iTunes account to buy more bird bucks. Or you can download any number of other specific apps (some of which are free, some of which cost money; some of which are kid-appropriate, some of which are definitely not) -- then, once you open the new downloaded app, your Tap Birds wallet will be filled with some bonus bird bucks. This is a "free" app that could potentially cost a lot.

Is it any good?


Filling a virtual aviary with birds of your choosing and decorating it with statues, fountains, etc. is a fun and creative pastime -- too bad TAP BIRDS doesn't really let you do that. Sure, you could always spend a bunch of money to purchase "bird bucks" and then design the aviary of your dreams. And downloading the free apps that will reward you with bird bucks is always an option, too, but then you've got sometimes questionable apps on your device, and you still don't have a whole lot of bird bucks to use. Plus you've got to save those bird bucks to revive your animals when they die -- which they will if you don't log in every day to feed them. Tap Birds may look beautiful, but it feels like most parts of it are designed to make you spend money. There's an entertaining app in here, which unfortunately feel buried under a marketing gimmick.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 6, 2010
Category:Simulation Games
Publisher:BayView Labs
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Parent of a 4 and 7 year old Written byStanfordmom September 11, 2010

Perfectly OK as long as they know the rules

My 4 year old daughter likes taking care of her birds and having a game to play like the big kids (she's the youngest). They all know they don't get to spend money or download new apps, period, so if a game gets too annoying without doing those things, they lose interest of their own accord.
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Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written bynicoke888 August 30, 2010

Good app.

I like it alot, but you really have to pay real money to get the good stuff, which i wont do.
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Too much consumerism
Parent of a 3, 7, and 9 year old Written byDavsomme September 21, 2010

Beware of Charges

I downloaded this game for my children. Then next morning I check my email and over $120 was charged to my itunes account!!!! My kids do not have my password so this game is somehow bypassing the itunes login info. Be Careful!
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