A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
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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.