Mini-Guide: Angry Birds Blast

LQ: 8.4

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Brain grade: 8.5
Fun score: 8.3

Angry Birds Blast
Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Android  |  iTunes

Angry Birds Blast takes the familiar birds, pigs, and crates of TNT into a match-three method of gameplay similar to Bejeweled. Players must capture groups of three or more balloons of the same color. Each level features a specific mission that the player must finish within a certain number of moves in order to win. Larger groupings of the same color balloon will release special items, such as rockets and paint guns. Some levels also have piggies and their structures (of wood, ice, and other materials typical of Angry Birds games). Parents should be aware that there are ads and in-app purchases. The game is rated E for Everyone, and LW4K feels kids 5 and older get the most of the working memory and organization practice in this game.


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Angry Birds Blast helps kids to practice and improve the following skills:

OrganizationAngry Birds Blast

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Success in Angry Birds Blast relies on a player's ability to organize places and things. A player must be able to order their moves in a way that lines up bigger matches to release the special tools like the rockets. This becomes even more important when piggies and structures start showing up on the game board. Both pigs and structures will take multiple pops before they disappear from the board. A player must pay attention to where the balloons at any given time, where the balloons need to be for the next move, and then pop the right group of balloons to make it happen. Failing to organize the game board may mean they won't be able to beat the level, resulting in fewer stars and rewards.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

If a player wants to be able to beat the levels in Angry Birds Blast, they need to be good at following directions. Each level has a different mission to accomplish and this is the objective the player must work toward. If these instructions aren't kept in mind, the player will get fewer stars or may not even manage to beat the level at all. If they don't beat the level, they lose a heart. Hearts will eventually regenerate over time, but if they want to be able to keep playing the game they need to make sure they don't run out of hearts. That means the player must use their working memory to keep the directions for that mission firmly in mind with every move they make.

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