Air Wings

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Voice chat makes paper airplane combat game iffy for kids.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Air Wings wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Controlling the planes is easy to learn and master, as is picking up ammo and coins. The difficulty comes in the random skill set of your opponents. 

Violence

Players will attempt to shoot down other paper airplanes in an ongoing dogfight using bombs made of wadded up paper and other household objects. The game is not one that glorifies violence, however, despite its battle setting. 

Sex

The game contains none, but the open nature of the voice chat could introduce elements, depending on your opponent. 

Language

The game contains none, but the open nature of the voice chat could introduce elements, depending on your opponent. 

Consumerism

The game features banner ads, as well as in-app purchase upgrades for additional planes and levels. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The game contains none, but the open nature of the voice chat could introduce elements, depending on your opponent. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Air Wings is an air combat game that uses paper airplanes instead of replications of real planes. The combat can be intense, but rather than using bullets and bombs, players attempt to defeat each other with pencils and wadded up paper, which lessens the violent impact. There are in-app purchases to watch out for, but the real concern is the voice chat, which is turned on by default and allows players to eavesdrop on other households -- and be exposed to potentially inappropriate language. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybriang1 April 27, 2015

Great fun!

Fun game to play with the kids. Multiplayer is great!

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What's it about?

Players fly an onscreen paper airplane by tilting their iDevice left and right, dodging solid objects (like bookshelves and cinder blocks) as well as incoming fire from other players. At the same time, they'll need to reload their ammunition by flying through flashlight beams and gather coins, which are close to the ground. The game is multiplayer focused and (aside from a tutorial) has no single player mode.

Is it any good?

AIR WINGS is a game that could be a lot of fun if it had tried a bit harder. Instead, it feels like something released too soon. The game has a minimal set of features and lacks that addictive quality that top iOS games have. 

Worse, some design decisions, like defaulting to audio on at all times without a clear signal that you're transmitting, leads to a lot of confusion -- and many players are unlikely to realize they're doing so. (We had one player talking with his wife as he played us and heard another parent coaching a child in how to play.) Even on a great game, these privacy issues would overshadow everything else. And on one that's only so-so, they dominate it. 

App details

For kids who love action and arcade games

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