Angry Birds Friends app for iOS. (Apple Store)

The Angry Birds franchise has taken us plenty of places. We’ve flung birds in Rio and in a galaxy far, far away, but now game-maker Rovio is attacking an entirely new frontier: the competitive arena. “Angry Birds Friends” taps your into your network of Facebook friends to offer a new dimension to its familiar game. Users can play weekly tournaments with their friends with three levels per week. At the end of the tournament, the game lets you know how each of the four players have fared in their levels and ranks them.

The addition of a social, competitive element is fun — users should know the game must be granted Facebook access to work — but it’s really easy to blitz through your levels fast and have the app sit dormant for the rest of the week. If you like trying to best your friends, then feel free to pick up this title. But if you want a game with lots of playing time, give this one a miss. Free, for iOS and Android devices.

Hayley Tsukayama