What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that FLING requires players to shove little furry creatures at one another in a shuffleboard-like manner. When one hits another, it knocks the second off the playing board. If this smashing into others is disturbing to your young kids, you might want to keep them from this app, but know that there's nothing violent-looking about the way the fling-and-bump action looks on screen. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality. Android users have commented that the Android version does not run as well as the iPhone version.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
Who can resist bumping around cute, colored furballs? The early levels of the game are relatively simple and can easily get kids of all ages hooked on the fun and rewarding puzzles, but they quickly ramp up in difficulty.
Kids must employ strategy, prediction, and critical thinking skills to make decisions as they choose which furball to remove. The game has a clear cause-and-effect decision-making process.
Data is provided on score, level, and time. There's a hint button if kids gets stuck, and they can also skip puzzles they're stuck on and return to them later.
What's it about?
First, players see a set of colored furballs on a grassy grid that they need to remove, one-by-one, by bumping them into one another with a finger swipe. Furballs cannot be bumped into any other one right next to it. There's a hint button if your kids gets stuck, and they might. FLING! is deceptively challenging, with thousands of puzzles moving from simple to very difficult through 30 levels of play.
Is it any good?
Don't let the cuteness of Fling!'s cuddly creatures fool you into thinking it's a game for very young kids. There's nothing offensive or troublesome in the game's content, but it is a serious strategy game that requires a good deal of logical thinking. The early levels of the game are relatively simple and can easily get you hooked on Fling!'s fun and rewarding puzzles. The object is to flick furballs at one another until there's only one left on the board, but random shuffling will get you nowhere, as you need to make sure every furball you fling ends up in a place where it can be knocked off by another.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Use Fling!'s settings to help adjust gameplay to your child's age level, including showing help tips and turning off explosion effects.
If kids get too frustrated on a particular puzzle, let them know there is the option to skip puzzles and keep playing. Encourage them to return to skipped puzzles later with fresh eyes.