Don't Touch the Spikes
What parents need to know
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.
What's it about?
Players try to navigate a crudely drawn bird back and forth between two walks, which are laden with spikes. When you tap, the bird flaps its wings but then drops quickly. You'll have to hit the wall to earn points (without touching the top or bottom).
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how advertising is designed to make you want things you don't need.
Families also can talk about when it's time to step away from a game.