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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Like its forerunner, Flappy Bird, this is an app designed to be incredibly difficult. A high score of 2 is actually an impressive achievement for most players.
Products & Purchases
The app is ad-supported, with banner ads running constantly -- and some full-screen ads appearing between levels. Players can pay $0.99 to remove all the ads.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Swing Copters is from the creator of Flappy Bird. Like its predecessor, this is a brutally difficult game that will cause all sorts of frustration among players. It also is loaded with banner ads, which are easy to accidentally click on (though they can be disabled for $0.99). There's no objectionable content, but, due to its difficulty, it's not a game for young kids.
Is It Any Good?
"Maybe developer Dong Nguyen just hates a happy player." That's about the only explanation that comes to mind as you play SWING COPTERS -- or, to be more precise, as you lose at Swing Copters (again). This follow-up game from the creator of the viral hit Flappy Bird is just as maddeningly frustrating as its predecessor, even after he issued a patch to make it less difficult.
It has very basic play mechanics but still challenges even experienced players. And death comes so quickly that of course you're going to try again ... and again ... and suddenly an hour is gone. But the thing is, you're not really having fun for that hour. You're too busy screaming at your phone or tablet and contemplating, in the back of your head, how much better that time could be spent. The game doesn't have the magic of Flappy Bird, either, as so many deliberately difficult games have come out since then. It's not one to studiously avoid (unless you have things to do), but it's not a must-have, either.
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