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Don't Touch the Spikes

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Flappy Bird meets Pong in addictive arcade game app.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Figuring out how to play is extremely easy -- but mastering the game is maddeningly difficult (though that won't stop people from trying again and again). 

Violence

The bird dies when it hits spikes, but, in this case, "death" simply means tumbling to the ground. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game runs a considerable number of full-screen ads between play sessions, which are intrusive but which can be closed by tapping the "X" in the upper corner. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 20, 2014
Category:Arcade Games
Size:2.80 MB
Publisher:Ketchapp
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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Parent of a 1 year old Written byashlier September 16, 2014

i love this game!!!

I love this game it keeps me occupied and my little sister too. But what would be really cool is a bird called the random bird and if makes different t faces every time it bounces and the little bubbles it makes are different faces too... It would be worth 5000 candys.... How many of y'all think this is cool
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Parent Written bystup July 28, 2015

If you like this then try out

This reminds me of another game called Gusty Grove if you like this game I suggest you try it out https://winrgames.com/wgw/gamedesc/G02 You can win money for playing the same game.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byLiamB011 December 31, 2014

Very addictive and fun.

This app is great for all ages. It's fun and addictive with lots of great characters and modes. The cave an park are good. The only reason I rated it age 5 is because the bird can die (not graphically) and it will be hard to play for 4's and under. Otherwise it's a GREAT GAME.
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