Mini-Guide: Angry Birds Dream Blast

LQ: 8.9


Brain grade: 8.3
Fun score: 9.5

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

Android  |  iTunes

Angry Birds Dream Blast is yet another entry in the Angry Birds portfolio. It has cute graphics, colorful birds, pigs, and various types of blocks (such as stone or ice). It does not, however, have a sling. Instead, this version of the game has colorful bubbles that the player pops in order to help them achieve level goals.

Game play is simple. Each level has a different goal (such as break 15 stone blocks or pop 25 purple bubbles). In addition to level goals, there are also obstacles (such as color locks or rows of ice blocks) that the player has to overcome. The player can also look for same-colored groupings of bubbles that are four bubbles or more in size. If they find and pop these groups, they will create a red bird. Create and merge two red birds to create a yellow. Create and merge two yellow birds to create a black bird. And so on. When the player pops one of the birds they have created, special actions will pop a large number of bubbles. Angry Birds Dream Blast also has daily challenges (such as beat as many levels as possible) where the player can earn extra coins and power ups.

The player can watch an ad for a free gift and there are in-app purchases available. The ESRB rated this game E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.

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

Angry Birds Dream BlastPlanning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Angry Birds Dream Blast is great for practicing planning skills. First, there is the opportunity to practice problem solving. Most levels have obstacles that you have to beat (in addition to the requirements such as pop 20 purple bubbles). This means the player can't just work to solve the over all level goals. They also have to take the time to plan the best way to beat obstacles such as color locks (where they have to pop a certain number of bubbles that match the color of the lock). If they don't make plans, the player will use up all of their moves without achieving their goals. They'll lose a life and have to redo a level.

Secondly, the player also gets a chance to practice their short-term planning skills. In all levels, new, random bubbles are falling down onto the board every time the player uses a move. This means that they can only plan for the bubbles that are on the board currently. Even if they tried to plan multiple moves around the bubbles they can see, when the new bubbles get added, all of the bubbles shift some.

Short-term planning skills are also used in another way. On some levels, only part of the board is seen at once. So the player may be able to see a blue color lock and make plans for how to overcome that obstacle, but he or she will have no idea how to plan for the next obstacle, since they won't be able to see it yet.

Working Memory

Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

This game also provides the player a great opportunity for practicing following directions. Angry Birds Dream Blast has challenges (such as create and use as many Chucks as possible), level goals, and obstacle based goals. This can be a lot for the player to remember all at once. If they don't practice remembering and following directions, however, they could struggle in several ways. First, if they can't remember both the level goals and the obstacle goals, they will fail levels and lose hearts. Secondly, if they can't follow the directions for the current challenge, they will not have a chance to win the bonus prizes that players can earn from participating in these daily contests.

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