A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
FLIP THE GUN doesn't have a story. Instead, it's a simple arcade game in which you tap the screen when you want to fire a gun -- which is flying through the air for some unknown reason -- in hopes that firing it will keep it aloft. Well, until you run out of bullets. Good thing you can grab ammo as your gun is flying through the air. Successfully keeping your gun in the air for an extended amount of time earns you in-game money that can be spent on additional firearms that you'll try to keep up in the air in future rounds.
Is it any good?
While this simple arcade game can be fun, it's so shallow and so aggressive about making you spend money on it that it quickly becomes tiresome. In Flip the Gun, you tap the screen when you want your gun to fire as it's flying through the air. The hope is that you'll time it right to keep the gun aloft, while also picking up coins and ammo that are dropping down the screen. And if that's all there was to this, it would be a shallow physics game that's fun for a little while. But it's so greedy that you'll probably get annoyed before you get bored. There are constant banner ads on the top of the screen, post-round ads, ads to keep your turn going, and ads that will give you coins you can use to buy new guns. Also, in light of recent events, seeing a gun flipping through the air seems rather cavalier. All of which is why Flip the Gun can be fun for a couple rounds, but it's nothing you'll stick with for long.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about gun safety and violence. Clearly Flip the Gun isn't realistic, but it does have a rather lax attitude toward guns and gun safety, so could this app cause hazardous opinions about firearms?
Talk about money. Since you can earn coins by playing or watching ads, does it make sense to spend real money on this game?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 9, 2018
- Category: Arcade Games
- Size: 199.80 MB
- Publisher: Playgendary
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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