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Cute furballs bump each other off the board in strategy game

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

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
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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'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
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, prediction, thinking critically
Emotional Development: persevering
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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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.
What other families should know
Educational value
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.