Flippy Hills

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Confusing action without instructions, deep gameplay.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Aside from directional cues, kids won't get written instruction or much help -- a problem when trying to figure out how to navigate through new challenges.

Violence

Kids will see a red area that’s supposed to be blood each time their chicken falls over and dies, but it's not overly graphic, isn't shown for long.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Users can make in-app purchases ranging from $0.99 to $4.99 per item. Ads for other games also pop up frequently while you're playing. Can pay to have them removed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flippy Hills is an action-based platformer. There's no inappropriate content to be found within the game. The closest thing to violence is a red splash that appears when a chicken falls over and dies, but it's not graphic and fades quickly. Users can pay between $.99 to $4.99 for different items, and can pay to have ads for other games removed from the app. The app doesn't come with any tutorials or directions, which could frustrate some players.

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What's it about?

FLIPPY HILLS asks players to move their chicken as far as they can -- the length sometimes just involves a few jumps -- but it can be challenging to keep it leaping without falling over and dying. The developers say they fashioned the falls after the way real chickens would collapse, although the visuals aren't as gory as that sounds. Kids can unlock different chickens when playing; when moving through a round, they can slow their bird down to try to control its movements and grab coins -- or watch it stumble and perish.

Is it any good?

This action game is engaging, but the novelty quickly wears off with its limited instruction and gameplay. Flippy Hills has some good points: The controls aren't overly complex, but they feature the ability to slow down the chicken you're playing with and have it leap toward both coins and the literal end of the road. Rounds also move quickly, so players shouldn't get bored playing.

That said, aside from a few words and a pointing hand graphic, players are on their own to figure out how exactly to make the chicken move without falling on its face -- repeatedly -- requiring them to start over and play again until they can get it right and advance to the next section. That isn't always an easy task. Things get confusing pretty quickly; as a result, the app can get frustrating pretty quickly. Offering an experience where users get a do-over to correct a mistake can be a positive learning experience, but throwing them into a seemingly impossible situation without any guidance can have the opposite effect. Chances are, they may initially enjoy watching the chicken fall and trying to get it to bounce further on the next try. That gets old quickly, though, when you can't determine what you're doing wrong -- which could mean players give up and decide to bid Flippy Hills farewell.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about playing games that offer some learning experiences versus just-for-fun games. Which kind is Flippy Hills, and why would it be OK to spend more time on one than the other?

  • The game doesn't offer much instruction. How can you figure out how to do things without direct instruction?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 25, 2017
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 155.00 MB
  • Publisher: Ekaterina Vdovenko
  • Version: 1.1.63 (Android)/1.0.2 (Apple)
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 4.0 and up and iOS 6.0 or later.

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