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Angry Birds - Rovio

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This is a multi-level physics based game, in which the player launches birds with the aim of destroying the pigs.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Angry Birds was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 20 February 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Angry Birds
Developed by: Rovio
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free, Paid
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes- 4 + Google Play- Low Maturity
ACCM suggested age: 4 +
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Angry Birds contains the following information:

App description

This is a multi-level physics based game, in which the player launches birds with the aim of destroying the pigs.

Free version was in Google Play

Paid version was from Apple App Store

Reviewers comments

In this game, the different types of birds have different powers. The pigs are located in defensive structures, made of various materials like wood, stone and ice. The player must launch each bird at the pigs’ defences in an attempt to destroy their defences and, in doing so, the pigs. Each level has a fixed number and type of birds which can be used. Each level has a different defensive structure using a range of materials. The player must use trial and error and logic to work out the best angle and force to use to destroy it. Successfully destroying all the pigs moves the player to the next level. Points are earned for shots, pigs destroyed and unused birds, leading to a score for each level. The game is set up with different scenes, each with multiple levels. The levels become progressively more challenging. If the level is failed, the player can try again.

The player may also use various power ups to assist. If stuck, players may purchase the Mighty Eagle, which can be used once each hour, to get them through a level.

In App purchasing

Extra power ups can be purchased (for $1.90 to $19.54). The Mighty Eagle is a one-time purchase for $0.99, which can be used once per hour. It is possible to disable the power-ups and the power-up shop within the Settings.  In the free version, there is an option to remove in-game ads for a one-time payment of $0.99.  Both the iTunes and Google Play stores advise that “The bill payer should always be consulted beforehand." Purchasing can be by debit card, credit card and gift card (i.e. Google Play card). The process to purchase items requires moving through 3 screens before entering either card/debit card details or gift card number. Where GooglePlay credit already exists, the Google Account password is requested. Parents should be aware that if they enter the password, the player can make more than one purchase. The password remains valid for 30 minutes to continue purchasing, even after the game has been exited and resumed.

Online information

Players can register with the developer to save scores to be able to continue play on another device – this requires the player’s email address, a password and date of birth. Players can go directly to the Angry Birds Facebook page, Twitter or watch a video of the Angry Birds trailer on youTube.

Gambling

none found

Advertising and product placement

Ads are presented periodically. These are generally for other games by the same developer.  Sometimes ads are for other products for example, for an Australian university or a takeaway food chain

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The game is promoted as dishing out revenge on the greedy pigs. 

This game contains mild cartoon violence – the player is launching birds with the aim of destroying the pigs. When the pigs are destroyed, they simply disappear in a puff, as do the birds after they have been used.

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