The Birdcage 2 is a mystery puzzle game. The player is trying to solve a variety of puzzles in order to release a bird from its cage. It is the sequel to The Birdcage and has added in a liberal dose of magic and fantasy. A couple of the puzzles from the first game can be seen in the second, but for the large majority of the game, the puzzles are brand new. They once again range from the very simple to the very complex.
The player must also collect three hidden gems, this time to unlock a hidden scroll. Part of the scrolls tell the story of a young woman. Part of the scrolls in each level pack reveal a riddle that, once solved, will unlock the location of a hidden spell ingredient. When all the spell ingredients have been found, a secret level is unlocked. The gems also unlock the epilogue.
There are in-game ads and purchases available, as well as an augmented reality mode. The ESRB rated The Birdcage 2 E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating. As with other games in this genre, however, it is important to note that a certain amount of reading and number skills are required, making the target audience for this game 8 or older.
The Birdcage 2 helps kids practice and improve the following skills:
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Flexibility skills are a vital part of playing The Birdcage 2. While there are several times where a player will have to enter a code into a column of white rotating discs, the source of the code will come from a variety of places. This means if the player does not stay flexible when looking for the code, they will not be able to find it. If they don't solve all the puzzles in a level, they won't be able to find the key and release the bird. And, of course, if they don't release the bird, they don't get to unlock the next level. This holds true with the rest of the puzzles as well. The player has to be willing to adapt to changes and try new things or they will get stuck.
Developing and retaining information in our minds while working.
Perhaps the biggest skill used during game play is problem solving. Every single puzzle in this game requires some effort to figure out. The player has to look at the pieces, think about what they can do with the pieces (short-term planning), and then try it out. If it works, the player then has to use whatever was unlocked to solve another problem. If it doesn't work, the player has to re-evaluate and try again. Either way, the player goes from one problem to the next, planning and problem solving, until they have found the key and released the bird. Then they get to move on to the next level and do it all again.
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