Don't Touch the Spikes

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Flappy Bird meets Pong in addictive arcade game app.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

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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). 


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


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. 

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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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 ev... Continue reading
Parent Written byJanna S. October 15, 2017

What about birds?

I don't know if it is just me, but birds have a life on earth. I let my school kids try it, but the bird in the game would die over and over. I had to have... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheRightStuf March 27, 2019

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. 

Talk to your kids 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, 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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