Australian Council on Children and the Media

AB Blast - Rovio Entertainment

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Angry Birds Blast is a speedy tap-to-match puzzle game featuring the popular bird and pig characters from other Angry Bird games. The player needs to free the birds by tapping on same-coloured balloons. Caution: in-app purchases and online interactivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of AB Blast was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 February 2017.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: AB Blast
Developed by: Rovio Entertainment
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Not recommended for children under 4, parental guidance is recommended for ages 5 - 12 due to online interactivity and in-app purchases.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of AB Blast contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

20 of 270 available levels were played.

App description

Angry Bird Blast is a fast-paced puzzle game. The goal is to progress through increasingly challenging levels (270 in total) by tapping on same-coloured balloons. Each level sets certain targets and the player earns rewards like stars, coins and lives. Some of the advertised features (“daily challenges”, sharing, competing with other users) require signing in with a Facebook account.

Reviewers comments

Tapping on matching balloons as quickly as possible requires fast visual recognition of patterns and quick response time. Apart from gradually increasing in difficulty, the game is rather repetitive and the skill set does not vary. The game does not require or foster prolonged focus or concentration, as the actual playtime per level is very short. Although it is not necessary to create a user account or to connect with the Internet, the player is repeatedly encouraged to log into Facebook in order to receive rewards, and to compete and share with other users. There are also links to related apps that can be purchased. In-app purchases include merchandise products (at the time of the review the merchandise section did not function) and digital coins, which unlock helpful game tools and lives (up to $ 159.99 for the most expensive item). Parental guidance and/or a lock system are therefore recommended for all age groups.

In App purchasing

  • Coins and rewards range in price from $1.49 to $159.99. Examples include:
    • XS Gold Coin Sale $4.49
    • XS Gold Coins package $1.49
    • S Gold Coins package discount $10.99
    • Med Gold Coin Sale $26.99
    • L Gold Coins package $30.99
  • Related apps
  • Merchandise products

Online information

  •   It is not necessary to create a user account or to provide any personal information
  • The app promotes logging onto Facebook, which requires an existing account.

Gambling

 At time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

  •  Related apps are promoted
  •  Associated merchandise is promoted in the merchandise section.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  •   The app contains no gender stereotypes or sexual references.

Coarse language

  • The language is appropriate for young children and no coarse language was detected during the review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • Rewards and game boosters include weapons like bombs and laser guns which may concern some parents.

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