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The Birdcage 2

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Impressive visuals, clever puzzles offer a fun experience.

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Players get a tutorial in the beginning, and although some of the puzzles may leave them stumped, it's a fairly intuitive game. They can also watch an ad to get a puzzle clue.

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In addition to watching an ad to receive a clue, players will occasionally see an ad between rounds, but gameplay isn't frequently interrupted by them. Players may need to pay to play the game, though, once they exhaust the two free levels.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Birdcage 2 is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. The game has no inappropriate content. Players complete various challenges and, along the way, uncover more about a story. To complete the challenges, gamers will swipe, turn, twist, and otherwise manipulate items. The app offers a regular and augmented reality experience option and lots of interactivity in each round. Players won't be inundated with ads, although they can choose to watch one and receive a clue to one of the puzzles -- or they can pay to remove ads. Players will also need to pay to play beyond the initial free levels. The cost is $1.99 a pack, which essentially grants access to higher levels. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Players twist knobs, pull doors open, and make other moves to solve mechanical puzzles in THE BIRDCAGE 2. As they advance in the sequel to the original Birdcage game, they'll see more of an ongoing story about a young sorceress on a quest to find a wizard. They also try to find hidden gems to unlock the epilogue. An augmented reality mode will superimpose the cage into your surroundings, to give you a separate spatial twist on the puzzles. The initial 10 levels of the game are free, but beyond that, there's a cost to play.

Is it any good?

This puzzle game is visually incredible, and its engaging puzzles make for an amusing experience. In The Birdcage 2, players will find their point of view pivoting as they turn the cage and zoom in on items. A glowing line appears when you swipe a magic wand, and keys are jiggled in a lock to open an owl's cage. Players are rewarded with objects for solving various puzzles -- arranging blocks to match a pattern shown on the outside of the owl's cage, for example, or shifting pieces of a design so that they line up. The challenges get more difficult as you advance.

As gamers play, they reveal portions of a story involving a young sorceress who has just graduated from a school of magic, which is thematically in line with the app's Harry Potter-esque feel. The plot seems a bit unrelated to the activities you participate in, though, and can be a bit confusing to follow because you'll only see a small part of it at a time. But players can scroll through sections they've already accessed to review what they've read. The individual puzzles that you need to solve aren't easy, but players can watch an ad to get a clue. While that can slow gameplay down temporarily, it's a nice option to help keep from getting stuck. But if you get into the game and want to keep playing into its highest levels, there will be a cost involved. Players can access two packs, which contain 10 levels with multiple rounds of puzzles, for free, but beyond that, they'll need to pay $1.99 per pack to continue. If you get into the The Birdcage 2, though, you'll enjoy the varied brain-teasing puzzles you'll be asked to solve.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much screen time is appropriate. How can you set limits when playing a game like The Birdcage 2, which can easily take up a significant amount of time?

  • What steps can you take to figure out how to solve a puzzle? Are there ways to clear up any confusion that you might face when you're trying to solve puzzles?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free (After the first 10 levels, levels cost $1.99 to play.)
  • Release date: August 30, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • Size: 256.00 MB
  • Publisher: Mobigrow
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later or Android 4.1 and up.
  • Last updated: October 13, 2019

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