Mini-Guide: Angry Birds Evolution

LQ: 9.1

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Brain grade: 8.9
Fun score: 9.3

Angry Birds Evolution
Game Type: , , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 6+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Android  |  iTunes

Angry Birds Evolution takes the popular Angry Bird series to the next level. There are more than 100 new characters — birds and pigs both — as well as clans and a battle arena. The player shoots birds onto a board of pigs. When the bird hits a pig, obstacle, or the edge of the game board, the bird ricochets until it is out of momentum. Each bird and pig has a certain number of turns before earning a special move. The game earned an E for everyone rating, and we stand by the rating for content. Children 6+, however, will get the most out of the cognitive skill practice offered by this game. Parents should be advised that this game includes in-app purchases.


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Angry Birds Evolution helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Flexibility

Angry Birds EvolutionAdapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Angry Birds Evolution requires that players exercise cognitive flexibility by adapting to obstacles and coping with change. Each level begins with a game board containing varying numbers of pigs and obstacles. Some obstacles, such as leaves, are easy for the birds to go through. Some obstacles, such as metal fences, take multiple hits before a bird can break through them. Depending on where the pigs are located in relation to the obstacles, the player will have to choose whether to break through or go around them. Because each level and each obstacle is different, the player has to remain flexible in order to beat the levels. If they fail a level, they can try again, but they will miss out on eggs (which contain new birds) and treasure (which level up the birds).

Coping with change is another area of flexibility that is required to be successful in this game. Once the player aims and releases the bird, it will hit pigs (and other things) and bounce around in unexpected ways. The nature of the ricochet-style game play means that the player has limited control over what happens after they release the bird. Pigs that are hit by the bird will also bounce around on the board, landing in new places. This means that every move the player makes will change what the player is facing. If the player can't cope with these changes, it will be harder for them to end the level quickly. They may leave treasure on the board or even fail the level all together. And without treasure, there is no way to level up and evolve the birds.

Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

The problem-solving aspect of planning comes into play in both the campaign and battle arena of Angry Birds Evolution. Players must look at the board in front of them and consider angles, obstacles, and the number of moves until pigs get to attack. A direct hit is not always the best answer to the problem confronting the player. Sometimes bouncing off of a wall, or even attacking a fence instead of a pig, will provide the player the best path to success. It is also important to have a plan for which birds to level up and which birds to have active. Without a plan, the player could waste their gems (in-game currency used for leveling up birds), fuse the wrong birds together, or even run out of storage space for their birds. All of these problems can weaken a players team and make it harder to succeed in arena battles and campaign levels.

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