A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There are no messages imparted by the gameplay, other than being persistent in solving puzzles. But that isn't explicitly stated or shared during the gameplay.
Positive Role Models
Players are essentially taking on the role of a giant slingshot, firing birds with various powers at pigs. There's no character development or growth involved either, even when facing off against "bosses" at the end of a section.
Ease of Play
Controls are simple to learn and easy to use. The largest challenge comes in completing each stage by shooting as few birds as possible.
Violence & Scariness
Players fire birds via slingshot at blocks, pillars, and pigs to cause chain reactions and destroy all of the structures in front of you. While you're causing mayhem with explosions or blocks that fall onto pigs, no blood or gore is shown, and enemies disappear when defeated.
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Products & Purchases
This is the latest game in the Angry Birds series, which has spanned multiple games, cartoons, movies, products, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs is a virtual reality puzzle game for the Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. This is the latest chapter in the Angry Birds franchise, which has spanned cartoons, games, movies, toys, and more. Players take on the role of the slingshot, using a limited number of birds and their special abilities to defeat pigs by collapsing structures on top of them. While you cause chain reactions by knocking out pillars or blocks, forcing structures to topple onto its inhabitants, no blood or gore is ever shown. Enemies disappear in a cloud of dust, regardless of the damage caused. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found in the game, and the largest challenge comes in completing a level without using all of your birds. Parents should also be aware that virtual reality equipment makers don't recommend VR experiences for kids under 12 due to the potential impact the technology may have on younger players' physiological development.
Is It Any Good?
While there's no story and the gameplay can be somewhat short, the incredibly accessible play and the tons of user-made created content is lots of fun to explore. Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs assumes that you, like virtually everyone else on the planet, understands the plot of the franchise. So it completely ignores including a story, and instead tosses you directly into the action. That's fine, because it's simple to use your left hand to aim your slingshot and your right hand to launch birds at your targets. You'll be hurling the birds in seconds, hopping from virtual perch to perch as you bring pig houses tumbling down. You do have to be a bit more cautious than the previous games in the series, because you only have three birds per stage, and they only have a limited number of abilities. But that makes it easier to focus on how to clear the stages that are presented, which aren't the hardest things to do.
In fact, you'll probably find yourself clearing your way through the four worlds of the initial game in about an hour and a half, or three hours to fully clear the spooky level versions. That might seem incredibly short and unimpressive, but that's actually okay as well, because the included level editor is where the majority of gameplay comes from. There's a very active community building levels and uploading them on a regular basis, giving players con constant amount of stages on a weekly level to test your aim and puzzle solving skills. It's also incredibly easy to create these stages, so you'll probably find that as you're rolling through submitted levels, you're getting ideas of how to create your own. It's not hard to find yourself playing multiple rounds of these submitted levels and finding that you've spent hours shattering platforms with your birds. The levels may be short, but they're surprisingly replayable, and for a VR title based on this popular franchise, Isle of Pigs feels like an enjoyable way to spend some virtual time.
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