Angry Birds Space

LQ: 9.3

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Brain grade: 8.5
Fun score: 10

Angry Birds Space Learning Guide
Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

iTunes / Google Play

The classic puzzle mechanics of the original Angry Birds gets a new space-age twist in Angry Birds Space. Like the original, players fling birds of different size and ability from a slingshot in an effort to destroy structures and eliminate the pigs enclosed in them. However, now the action is set in space, with the birds flying through gravity fields that change their trajectory, allowing players to hook the birds around the pull of planets and asteroids. There is no violence or inappropriate content, and reading is not needed to play, so the game comes recommended to players ages 5 and up.

Angry Birds is a great educational game for practicing Planning and Flexibility, and is available on iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android (including Kindle), Windows Phone, PC and Mac. The game is easy to play and features a colorful, goofy presentation with only minimal cartoon violence, making it recommended to kids ages 5 and up.


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this game is good for kids who need help with:

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

At the start of each stage, it is a good idea to zoom out and take a wide-angle view of the environment. This allows players to take all the different factors that effect the trajectory of their shots, like the placement of planets and the size of their gravitation field, scattered space debris, and land obstructions like hills and rock. There are often numerous gravity fields to travel through, causing the birds to change direction and hook around planets. This allows the player to strike structures from new angles and avoid obstacles. Thus, it is very important to plan each shot and predict the birds' trajectories, checking the dotted guideline while setting up each shot.

Furthermore, players can check the type of birds used in each stage and the order in which they will be shot. Each bird has a different power, activated by tapping the screen mid-flight. These powers allow players to make birds explore, split in three, and even freeze objects. In order to use them effectively, players need to exercise good planning skills.

Finally, each structure is made up of different materials, some sturdier and heavier than others, so players should seek out weak spots in the structures that will cause a chain effect as they crumble, breaking apart more material, and taking out the pigs. In order to do so, they should also try and locate each pig on the stage in order to best plan out a chain effect that will take them out.

Flexibility

Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Angry Birds Space Educational Game Review image 1While Angry Birds Space shares many similar mechanics with the original hit game -- you still fire birds from a slingshot to take out egg-stealing pigs-- the addition of anti-gravity and planetary pull create new challenges unavailable in the original. Thus, players will need to use operate these familiar mechanics in new ways.

Due to the wide variety of birds and expertly designed level layouts, player will need to frequently change up their approach and strategies. The first levels are quite easy, teaching players the mechanics with simple, straightforward challenges. Soon after, the levels become much harder, with multiple planets and asteroids (each with their own gravitational field), larger layouts, new bird types, and more hazards and obstacles. Some levels require players to use certain bird types at specific times, while others are best beaten by hooking birds completely around planets so they can strike structures from behind.

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