Angry Birds on Google+
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angry Birds on Google+ is a free, browser-based version of the original mega-popular Angry Birds mobile apps game, which is played on the Google+ social network. Gameplay is the same (launch birds from a giant slingshot to collapse elaborate structures and defeat the pigs inside), but the action is controlled with a mouse instead of a touch-screen. There are also new features and modes added to make the game more social. Kids must be 13 or older to sign up for a Google+ account.
What's it about?
ANGRY BIRDS ON GOOGLE+ debuts with the first 63 levels of the original Angry Birds game (the collection called "Poached Eggs"), along with additional Chrome Dimensions levels that players unlock by snagging special Google Chrome symbols placed throughout the regular levels. Players can compare scores with friends who are also playing the game, and post game-related messages to the Games feed or to specific Circles of friends. There's also a Teamwork mode where friends pool resources -- such as the number of stars unlocked in the regular mode -- to unlock new levels.
Is it any good?
Angry Birds works well on Google+, partly because it's the same game we all know and love, and partly because of the social network itself has a dedicated Games channel, which allows the game to be social without being spammy or intrusive on friends who aren't interested in reading games-related updates. The added social features inject a fun dose of healthy competition into the gameplay, with dynamic leaderboards that update in real-time as you play, and the ability to send friendly taunts to players whose scores you've just beaten.
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.