Bottle Flip 2k16

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Bland digital take on real-life trend no cause to flip out.

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Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Simple tap-swipe controls plus fairly realistic physics is moderately challenging.  

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Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

No in-app purchases, but sometimes ads about removing a cigarette smell appear at the bottom of the screen. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bottle Flip 2k16 comes in the wake of a bottle-flipping craze. Kids of all ages are obsessed with demonstrating their bottle-flipping skills and challenging each other to face-offs. This app tries to bank on the phenomenon by giving gamers a digital version of their new favorite pastime. The app has leaderboards for players to test how they stack up against other players, though they seem to be bloated with phony rankings. Note that no privacy policy was available at the time of review.

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What's it about?

BOTTLE FLIP 2K16 clearly hopes to take advantage of the bottle-flipping craze (throw a partly full water bottle in the air and try to land it upright) by giving addicts a way to take their favorite pastime everywhere they go. Bottle flipping is about finding that sweet spot between physics and dexterity and using it to perform amazing feats of bottle-flipping skill. This app gives players the absolute basics of what they need to challenge one another: a flat surface, a bottle, and a counter to track the number of successful flips. It also lets players share screenshots of their scores on social media and measure their performance against other flippers. Banner ads appear on the bottom of the screen and invite users to watch videos.

Is it any good?

Like the trend itself, there's nothing much to this app -- except for swiping, some simple physics, and ads. It's not that there's a whole lot to bottle flipping in the first place. Take a plastic water bottle with or without water in it, flip it, hope it lands on its bottom or, if you're really skilled, its top. Count how many consecutive times you can successfully do this without having the bottle land on its side. Yes, it's that basic, but various viral videos up the ante with skilled flippers doing it from skateboards or flipping bottles onto different surfaces. Bottle Flip 2k16 gives you a flat surface and nothing more -- no different types of bottles, surfaces, backgrounds, or any other variables that might make the challenge more interesting. While parents will appreciate the ability to turn off the sound and avoid the bottle-crunching sound that comes with real-life flipping, the lack of a privacy policy or related features make this app not worth the download.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about trends and how they take hold. How do you think things become viral hits? Why has bottle flipping resulted in Bottle Flip 2k16 and other apps like it?

  • Think about digital versions of real-life games and sports. What unique advantages does playing each type offer? 

  • Discuss how fun games have been made from common household items. Can you think of others? 

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