Cute furballs bump each other off the board in strategy game

What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's a simple, easy concept which can be deceptively challenging. There's a pretty good difficulty curve, though, with puzzles getting progressively harder from a relatively easy starting point.

Violence & scariness

Fuzzy ball creatures bump into one another, but no one seems hurt.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that FLING requires players to shove little furry creatures at one another in a shuffleboard-like manner. When one hits another, it knocks the second off the playing board. If this smashing into others is disturbing to your young kids, you might want to keep them from this app, but know that there's nothing violent-looking about the way the fling-and-bump action looks on screen. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality. Android users have commented that the Android version does not run as well as the iPhone version.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • prediction
  • thinking critically

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Engagement, Approach, Support


Who can resist bumping around cute, colored furballs? The early levels of the game are relatively simple and can easily get kids of all ages hooked on the fun and rewarding puzzles, but they quickly ramp up in difficulty.

Learning Approach

Kids must employ strategy, prediction, and critical thinking skills to make decisions as they choose which furball to remove. The game has a clear cause-and-effect decision-making process.


Data is provided on score, level, and time. There's a hint button if kids gets stuck, and they can also skip puzzles they're stuck on and return to them later.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • prediction
  • thinking critically

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Kids can learn a bit about strategy, prediction, and using critical thinking skills to make decisions while playing Fling!. The game has a clear cause-and-effect decision-making process that can help kids build the concept of thinking ahead about how one decision may affect future decisions (play options). Fling! is a fun game that requires kids to use a bit of strategy and think ahead.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

What's it about?

First, players see a set of colored furballs on a grassy grid that they need to remove, one-by-one, by bumping them into one another with a finger swipe. Furballs cannot be bumped into any other one right next to it. There's a hint button if your kids gets stuck, and they might. FLING! is deceptively challenging, with thousands of puzzles moving from simple to very difficult through 30 levels of play.

Is it any good?


Don't let the cuteness of Fling!'s cuddly creatures fool you into thinking it's a game for very young kids. There's nothing offensive or troublesome in the game's content, but it is a serious strategy game that requires a good deal of logical thinking. The early levels of the game are relatively simple and can easily get you hooked on Fling!'s fun and rewarding puzzles. The object is to flick furballs at one another until there's only one left on the board, but random shuffling will get you nowhere, as you need to make sure every furball you fling ends up in a place where it can be knocked off by another.

Families can talk about...

  • Use Fling!'s settings to help adjust gameplay to your child's age level, including showing help tips and turning off explosion effects.

  • If kids get too frustrated on a particular puzzle, let them know there is the option to skip puzzles and keep playing. Encourage them to return to skipped puzzles later with fresh eyes.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:April 5, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:17.30 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later, Android 1.6 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old August 23, 2010
Teen, 13 years old Written bysowhat1111 June 29, 2010

Brain game

It's a brain game. U need to make all the things go bye-bye until there's 1 left.
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Parent of a 7, 7, and 11 year old Written bykellyrw January 24, 2011

Our whole family loves this app

We have very few iPhone games, this is a keeper and worth every penny to purchase the full function game. There is nothing scary or violent about flinging the fur balls into each other.


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