Flick Home Run !
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flick Home Run ! is a simple baseball batting simulation game that could end up costing you more than you think if your kid makes in-app purchases, ranging from $.99 to $9.99, in order to "level up." The basic play of the game -- touching the "Pitch" icon and using your finger to flick the ball like a bat when the ball comes onto the screen in various pitching styles -- is simple. And the backgrounds and graphics are cute; for example, the balls change "costumes" and "faces" including wearing a snorkel mask and becoming a fireball. But the game isn't really ideal for younger kids because it has a lot of different modes and levels and the option for in-app purchases just to play at increasing levels. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is it any good?
For FLICK HOME RUN ! to be fun, kids have to be old enough to understand and follow their family's rules about in-app purchases and Game Center participation. With cute graphics and an easy way to turn your finger into a baseball bat simulator, it seems like this could be a fun, mindless pastime for any baseball fan of almost any age. But the in-app purchase required at some points to "level up" means this app could end up costing you more than you bargained for. In addition, the parameters around what causes a strike and what sort of motion decides how far a ball goes aren't intuitive, so unless you're old enough and motivated enough to read the long "Help" primer, you or your kid won't know exactly what went wrong (or right) with the swings much of the time.