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Don't Touch the Spikes
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Don't Touch the Spikes is a combination of Flappy Bird and Pong. Players guide an 8-bit bird from wall to wall, gaining a point each time it touches the side, amid increasingly difficult challenges. You'll die frequently, but you'll quickly start over without getting frustrated. Although there are no in-app purchase opportunities, there are a lot of ads, which can be intrusive.
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What's it about?
Is it any good?
At first glance, DON'T TOUCH THE SPIKES appears to be nothing more than a Flappy Bird clone. But after a few minutes of play, it's clear the designers took the popular 8-bit bird and transported it to a less frustrating but just as fun environment. You'll still die a lot here, but it won't feel like it's because the game is designed to make you fail. And that makes it easier to play again.
There's something Zen-like about tapping that screen and trying to better your score. And by summoning that competitive aspect -- whether with friends or against yourself -- the game manages to hook you.