Angry Birds Trilogy

 
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Learning(i)

Puzzle compilation for consoles is fun but too pricey.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game rewards players who take the time to analyze and come up with solutions to basic physics problems. It focuses on destruction rather than creation, but does so in a cartoonish fashion, and without depicting any human violence.

Positive role models

The only characters in the game are birds, pigs, and monkeys, and none of them speak or possess much in the way of personality. All we know about them is that the pigs like to steal eggs, and that the birds will smash through anything to pummel the pigs black and blue and retrieve their eggs.

Ease of play

The Xbox 360 edition offers simple movement and voice controls via Kinect, though the latter proves frustrating due to a delay in voice recognition. Better accessibility and precision is found using a controller's analog thumbstick to fling birds and a button to activate bird powers. Note: The PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS editions (which we did not try) support PlayStation Move and touch screen controls, respectively.

Violence & scariness

Piggies and monkeys sometimes appear to have black and blue eyes after getting hit by birds, debris, and the force of explosions. They disappear in a puff of smoke once defeated.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is part of the sprawling and ubiquitous Angry Birds franchise, which includes various toys, games, and even an upcoming film. One of the three games included is a tie-in with the movie Rio.

Privacy & safety

Minor privacy and safety concerns. When connected to the web, players can see each other's names and scores on global leader boards, but they can't communicate with each other.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds Trilogy is a compilation of three popular physics-based puzzle games long available for various phone and tablet platforms. It's extremely accessible to start, and safe for pretty much all ages (the worst it gets are some cartoonish piggy faces with black eyes), but the puzzles become much more challenging -- perhaps too challenging for younger kids -- as the game wears on. Parents should note, too, that kids who play the game may be more easily enticed by other Angry Birds products, including stuffed animals, card games, and an upcoming movie.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics
  • substance properties

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Clever puzzles will appeal to kids' urge to strategize while at the same time satisfying everyone's primal interest in smashing stuff. The controls -- originally made for smartphones -- translate surprisingly well to a gamepad.

Learning Approach

Physics, logic, and strategy are core facets of this puzzler. Kids will need to think about momentem, object properties, and how they fit within the game's specific rule set.

Support

There's not much instruction and little in the way of hints, but this is a game about experimentation and trial-and-error play. Most kids should do okay, and if they need help there's no shortage of online walkthroughs.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics
  • substance properties

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Kids can learn a little about physics, logic, and strategy in this well-designed puzzle game. Players need to analyze each tower and evaluate their birds' abilities before setting out to demolish structures in as efficient a manner as possible. They'll be forced to think about physics, including the properties of various materials, the effects of gravity, and the force of explosions. Angry Birds Trilogy is intended to be a wacky physics puzzler, and it does a good job of putting players' minds to work.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

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What's it about?

If you've somehow managed not to play Rovio's impossibly popular puzzler yet, have no fear: ANGRY BIRDS TRILOGY for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS is here. This game is a compilation of three of the series best-loved entries, including Angry Birds Classic, Angry Birds Rio, and Angry Birds Seasons. The objective is simple: use a slingshot to fling birds with various powers at teetering structures of wood and stone in an effort to pummel the piggies and monkeys hiding within. This new iteration is remastered for high-definition TVs, sports improved music and sound effects, and has a few extra features, including concept art, bird bios, a handful of exclusive levels, and even a basic player leveling system.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There's little denying this is a fun game. Rovio knows how to make clever puzzles that appeal to our urge to strategize while at the same time satisfying our primal interest in smashing stuff. And the game's controls translate quite well to a traditional controller, affording accurate aiming and speedy menu selections.

However, it's also a case of overkill -- not to mention over-pricing. Do people really need to play a game meant for a 4-inch screen on a 50-inch (or bigger) home theatre system? And do they really need to pay $40 for the privilege? (Keep in mind that you likely purchased all of these games for a pittance for your phone or tablet.) There's little wrong with Angry Birds Trilogy from a technical perspective, but it would have been better delivered as a $5 or $10 downloadable game rather than a $40 boxed title. Wait for the bargain bins.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about physics. Why do you think we find it fun to trigger destructive events fuelled by gravity and explosions? Can you think of other games in which physics plays a primary role?

  • Families can also discuss how to be wise consumers. When does it make sense to buy a product stamped with a brand that you happen to like? When doesn't it make sense?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo 3DS
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:September 18, 2012
Genre:Puzzle
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old March 5, 2013
 
LEARNING

Great overall game

I think Angry Birds Trilogy is a pretty decent game. Even though it is most popular on the Android and Apple devices where it originated from, it still has the fun qualities to the game including most of the angry birds yet. A pretty awesome feature is that it uses the Playstation Move to interact with the play which is always a good way of getting the most out of your game!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 11 years old May 12, 2013
 

ok its all right

too expensive
Teen, 13 years old Written byGenericUsername November 18, 2012
 
LEARNING

Angry Birds XBOX 360

I've played all version, there all fine. It's just disappointing, no new levels, just a straight port from iOS. Don't even bother buying this. Rent from Redbox if anything.
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