Angry Birds on Facebook

  • Platform: Facebook
  • Price: Free but with microtransactions
  • Genre: Arcade

Common Sense Media says

Mobile favorite adds unique levels and social features.
  • Platform: Facebook
  • Price: Free but with microtransactions
  • Genre: Arcade

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is essentially a revenge story, but the tone of the game is silly and light-hearted. It does teach the player about physics.

Positive role models

The birds are angry because the pigs have stolen their eggs, but the story is really just an excuse to cause as much destruction as possible on-screen.

Ease of play

Controls work well on the computer. Players use the mouse to aim and fire birds, and use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out.

Violence

When birds make contact with an obstacle, they disappear in a tuft of feathers but they demonstrate no pain and seem perfectly willing participants in the mayhem. Defeated pigs disappear in a puff of smoke. Pigs that are damaged but not yet defeated display bruising.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The game is free to play, but players can purchase 5 different power-ups to increase their chances of a high score. Power-ups are bought in packs that cost between $1 and $20.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can post high scores and other game messages to their Facebook wall. During a level, the game displays the icon of the person above you in the leaderboard, but you will only see friends that you've added on Facebook. There's a link to invite friends into the game, but it's far less intrusive than some other Facebook games.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds on Facebook is a game played on the Facebook social network. It is a version of the original mega-popular Angry Birds mobile app game. Gameplay is the same as the mobile versions (launch birds from a giant slingshot to collapse elaborate structures and destroy the pigs inside), but the action is controlled with a mouse instead of a touch-screen. The game is free to play, but incorporates power-ups that must be purchased through micro-transactions. Kids must be 13 or older to sign up for a Facebook account. 

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

ANGRY BIRDS ON FACEBOOK debuts with the first two episodes of the original Angry Birds game (the 63-level collection called "Poached Eggs," and the 42-level "Mighty Hoax"), plus 15 new beach-themed "Surf and Turf" levels that are exclusive to Facebook. Players can compare scores with Facebook friends who are also playing the game, and post game-related messages to their Facebook feed. Angry Birds for Facebook is free to play, but players can spend real cash on power-ups that cause birds to do more damage or travel farther and faster, show a bird's trajectory for more accurate aiming, and cause an earthquake that can knock the pigs off their perches, as well as the Mighty Eagle that instantly clears a level.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Like its Google+ counterpart, Angry Birds also works very well on Facebook. The game incorporates social features cleverly but not too intrusively, offering dynamic leaderboards that update in real-time as you play and let you see how your top score ranks against those of friends. Refreshingly, players aren't bombarded with prompts to invite friends, beg for items, or post incessant wall updates -- all of which can be big turn-offs. The game is easy to control with the mouse, too, and the levels benefit from having the bigger screen on which to play. Power-ups enrich the game, but it's quite possible to enjoy Angry Birds on Facebook without paying anything -- or spamming friends.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether having a leaderboard makes you more competitive about playing games. Is it important to see your name at the top of the list?

  • Families can also talk about what qualities make the Angry Birds franchise so popular, even though the gameplay is so simple.

  • Do you like playing games on Facebook better than on other platforms? Why or why not?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free but with microtransactions
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Rovio
Release date:February 14, 2012
Genre:Arcade
Topics:Wild animals
ESRB rating:NR for (Facebook)

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Parent Written bytreat02 February 17, 2012
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good game

i thijnk this game is fun for kids nothing is bad or nasty. i dont think that you need age. its not really right.
Teen, 14 years old Written bysetro2 April 22, 2012
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This game is for kids 1 month old and up, I don't know why it is rated for kids 13 years old and up.

There is no gore, swearing, or drugs in this game. I have no clue who rated this for kids 13 years old or more.

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