Tiny Wings




Rare gem uses physics and rhythm to send bird flying high.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Figuring out the controls is a very easy process -- and the game walks you through it as you begin to play. But getting the precise timing down can be tricky (which is the fun challenge of this app)

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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.

What kids can learn



  • gravity
  • momentum
  • physics


  • music


Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support


Not since Angry Birds has a title so captivated the iAudience. This is the type of game kids will find themselves playing for long, long periods. There are daily changes, giving the title an incredible amount of replayability.

Learning Approach

By maneuvering a cute bird around the screen, kids gain an understanding of gravity and momentum. They'll also improve their timing and coordination.


The game walks you through the controls as you begin to play, easing you into the play experience. 

What kids can learn



  • gravity
  • momentum
  • physics


  • music


Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn something about the effects of gravity and momentum while guiding an adorable bird as it slides up and down hills trying to outrun the sunset. With the arcade game app's one-touch controls, they'll use timing and coordination to send the bird up and down, racing to complete each level before the sun sets. Kids can get a feel for some basic physics concepts in a fun, entertaining way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Connect the game to real-world events, such as throwing a ball in the air or rolling it down a hill.

  • Help kids experiment with and compare heavy and light objects.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:February 18, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Andreas Illiger
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.1 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written bygoodperson4 April 1, 2011
pretty addicting, but too simple and plain to be worth .99 cents
What other families should know
Educational value
Kid, 11 years old April 23, 2011

Too easy

It is fine because it is pretty boring and too easy to play! I have it on my ipod touch and it is really boring and too easy!
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Too much violence
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Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck February 25, 2011

Colorful game about a flightless bird soars.

This game is extremly hard to hate. It has fun achevments, a cute bird, a clever idea, nothing objectionable. It is truly remarkable.


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