A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story has a very black-and-white good-vs-evil plot. The heroes are undoubtedly in the right. The tale also shows that heroes can come in all shapes and sizes.
Positive Role Models
Zip is a strange little ball of a hero, but he is depicted as very brave and loyal. He goes against stereotypes, proving that anybody -- however they look -- can be a hero.
Ease of Play
The levels become increasingly difficult as the game progresses, but the general gameplay mechanic is incredibly simply. You simply swing the Wii remote in the direction you want to fling Zip. The controls feel very responsive and very precise.
Violence & Scariness
The spherical hero, Zip, smashes through bricks and other obstacles. He can also smash into very non-human-looking enemy creatures to make them disappear. There are longer, more protracted boss battles, one of which involves knocking "bombs" into the boss monster's mouth. All of the action is incredibly cartoony.
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Products & Purchases
The game comes packaged with a Wii MotionPlus remote.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while there is some cartoony violence in FlingSmash, mostly in the form of the round hero bashing into things, the action and the plot are generally safe for kids. And the incredibly easy gameplay mechanic is one that can be picked up by almost anybody. But while getting into the game is a piece of cake, excelling at it will take lots of time and practice.
Is It Any Good?
Well, the title couldn't be any more accurate. In FlingSmash, you fling your hero into things and he smashes them. But it's all incredibly fun to do. The simplicity of the controls makes this a pick-up-and-play game for anyone. But as the game progresses and levels get more and more challenging, you'll realize that you need to practice and build up your flinging skills in order to excel. Zip makes for a cute and likable hero, and the colorful cartoony environments are very enjoyable to bounce through. FlingSmash feels a lot like old-school Nintendo games of yore -- and in that way, does have a way of inducing deja vu (which you may or may not think of as a good thing) -- but the way you play feels very fresh and new.
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