Australian Council on Children and the Media

Angry Birds Go - Rovio (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)

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A racing game based on other Angry Bird Apps.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Angry Birds Go was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 28 March 2014.

About the app

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

Name of app: Angry Birds Go
Developed by: Rovio (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+ Google Play: “low maturity”
ACCM suggested age: 7+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Angry Birds Go contains the following information:

App description

This game draws on the success of other Angry Birds Apps and engages with player in a racing game with the bird or pig characters from the other games. Here players choose their character and then race around a range of different courses.

Reviewers comments

On one level, this is a simple racing game, where players can practice hand eye coordination as they work to complete each course and collect coins along the way. However, the App does advertise other Rovio products and Apps extensively and actively promotes in App purchasing (to buy a better kart etc) and so may cause some concerns for parents, particularly as game play is limited with the free karts provided. Players are also invited to connect their play to social media, such as Facebook – which may also concern parents.

The App connects with a range of real world toys and when playing the children can connect their real world toy with the game “telepodding” their character into their play.

In App purchasing

In-app purchasing is actively promoted to enable the player to quickly progress, win races and buy more advanced karts. See 'Reviewers comments section' for more information.

Online information

The player is able to share results through social media.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

The App actively promotes other Rovio apps and toys.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

There is the risk of driving their kart into a wall, however no physical damage is evident and the player re-starts the race from that position. Many races also begin with a slingshot shooting the character across the start line and some tracks traverse through perilous terrain.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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