Angry Birds on Google+

Common Sense Media says

Fave app morphs well into social networking game.

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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. The game encourages friendly competition by giving players the option to brag about high scores to friends with messages like "Angry enough to retaliate?"

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
Not applicable
Consumerism

Links to watch an Angry Birds video trailer, sign up for the Angry Birds newsletter, and buy Angry Birds merchandise such as clothing and plush animals appear on both the title page and permanently along the bottom of the gameplay screen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can post high scores and other game messages to their Games feed, or to specific circles of friends. During a level, the game displays the icon of the person above you in the leaderboard, but you will only see friends who are in your Circle (not strangers). There's a link to invite friends into the game, but it's far less intrusive and spammy than most Facebook games.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Game details

Platforms:Google+
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Rovio
Release date:August 12, 2011
Genre:Arcade
Topics:Superheroes
ESRB rating:NR for (Google+)

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Teen, 17 years old Written byTheTrillonaire July 6, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

Great Game

People must be 12 to Make Google Account
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 1, 2012
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5
QUALITY
 

angry birds google

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.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 14 years old Written bysetro2 April 22, 2012
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2
QUALITY
 

What the heck? Rated for 13 year olds and up?

Rated for 13 year olds and up? What the heck?! 1. There is NO gore. 2. There is NO SWEARING in the game 3. There are NO drugs in the game Who the heck rated this for 13 year olds and up?

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