Angry Birds is one of the most popular games of the smartphone era, spawning not only a plethora of other mobile game sequels and spin-offs, but board games, plushies, animated cartoons and enough merchandise to make your head (and wallet) implode. In this, the original game, you fling birds at pig-created structures of varying difficulty in order to clear levels and reclaim the eggs the dopey green pigs stole.
It’s a simple physics-based game with a number of birds in your arsenal, each with its own special power: the little blue one turns into three, the yellow one has a speed boost, et cetera. The game is simple and infuriatingly addictive. You’re always just that one degree off on that one bird from getting three stars.
Angry Birds has been tapped for a few other franchises since then, like Rio and Star Wars (twice). The app is free, but you can pay for the 'Mighty Eagle' in order to get in-game power-ups that will help you win faster (cheater). Later versions also sported a paid HD version that eliminated ads. Like any game with in-app purchases, parents should keep an eye on kiddos if you let them loose with it, and remind them that while it is highly addictive, it is just a game and not getting that last star isn't the worst thing in the world. You also might want to remind yourself that, too, while playing.
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