App of the Week: Angry Birds Space

Title: Angry Birds Space

Cost: $0.99

Platform: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (s), iPod touch, iPad, and Android. Requires i0S 4.0 or later.

 

The pigs are back to try to outsmart the birds, but this time they meet their fate in…space! Rovio Mobile, the same company that developed all of the previous Angry Birds games, has just unveiled the newest addition to the Angry Birds game family, Angry Birds Space. This game has all of the same excellent and addictive features as its predecessors, plus more. Since launching just last week, the app has already been downloaded over 10 million times! What makes it so cool? Well, the battles between the pigs and the birds take place in space where there are gravitational force fields and the game has new varieties of birds with special abilities, such as the bird who can freeze things by casting an ice shield when launched. This game is really fun and a must for teens who already enjoy the original Angry Birds games.

One not- so-fun function I found was the in-app purchases that need to be bought in order to unlock a secret level or to make use of the all-powerful eagle bird. Of course, you are free to continue playing the game without shelling out more cash, but some users may feel as if they are being nickeled and dimed by the additional fees. It seems more and more game app developers are “cashing” in on the in-app purchase option to create more revenue on a fairly inexpensive app. Having said that, the initial cost of $0.99 is well worth it to me and, I think, many other teens who will buy this app. Angry Birds is a phenomenon and just plain fun.

Since the craze began in December of 2009, many librarians and teachers have found lessons in the Angry Birds game. Many educators feel the game enhances strategy-building skills in young adults and even carries mathematical components. I’ve read many articles about teachers who use it in their classroom, and as a Young Adult librarian, I fully intend to create an “Angry Birds Comes to Life” program in the name of STEM.

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  1. This game is very funny.

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