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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tiny Wings is an arcade game that combines physics and rhythm. Players control a flightless bird who gains altitude by sliding down hills, then catches air when he hits the peak of the next one. By pressing the screen at the right (or wrong) time, you can accelerate his speed going down the hill or hamper it going up. The further you go, the more distance you put between the bird and nighttime. (Once the sky is filled with stars, the game is over.) Like Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds, this app has a simple premise that can be very addicting. The game does not have any violent elements, but does connect to the Open Feint service, where children could potentially choose to share their personal information with strangers.
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What's it about?
Players control a small bird who hopes to fly as far and as fast as he can to outrun the sunset. By touching the screen as the bird hits the downward side of a hill, players accelerate the bird. If they touch the screen when he's going uphill, they slow him down. Like Angry Birds and other popular physics-based apps, Tiny Wings has a simple premise that can be very addicting.
Is it any good?
Not since Angry Birds first hit the App Store has a title so captivated the iAudience, and TINY WINGS deserves the praise. It's a game whose success lies in its simplicity -- the controls consist solely of touching the screen at the right time. That might sound a bit thin, but this is the type of game you'll find yourself playing for long, long periods. It is, in many ways, Zen-like. Beyond the core gameplay, there's an added bonus: the various islands you'll explore change every day, giving the title an incredible amount of replayability, as you can't simply learn a pattern and repeat it time and again. Tiny Wings is one of those rare games that makes you feel good as you play, letting you root for the chubby little bird on screen and share his joy when he takes to the sky.