Flip Wars

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Decent multiplayer puzzle game, but limited depth, appeal.

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Positive Messages

No overt messages in this game, apart from competition for competition's sake.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No main protagonist; characters are nameless, faceless robots.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

Lets robots flip panels on a board, might include using weapons -- like beam cannons -- that stun robotic rivals, knock them off the board. But no real violence, blood, gore.
 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flip Wars is a downloadable strategy game. You play as robots on a grid who must flip tiles to dominate the board with a specific color. While there are some fantasy weapons (like beam cannons) to knock opponents off the board, there's virtually no violence in this game. There's no other inappropriate content to be found, either.

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What's it about?

FLIP WARS is a downloadable fast-paced puzzle game. This multiplayer title has colored robots on a white grid, with the goal being to blanket the entire grid with your color (red, green, yellow, or blue) before your opponents can do the same. You do this by flipping over the tiles, picking up power-ups on the grid, and performing moves to stun rival robots. Up to four players can compete in a single game online, via local wireless multiplayer, or two people playing with the JoyCon controllers on the same Nintendo Switch (which could be plugged into a TV, too). There are a few different modes to partake in, including Panel Battle (flip the most panels before the time runs out), Time Battle/Knock Out (knock out the most opponents as possible), and Life Battle (outlast your competitors). The game features a dozen arenas, each with four layouts to choose from, and some containing hazards like waves, panel-flipping buttons, and beam cannons in the center of the board.

Is it any good?

It's a decent puzzle game, and at $10 it's priced right, but don't expect anything too meaty here. Flip Wars may not be as good as Nintendo's other first-party eShop offering for Nintendo Switch -- the awesome Snipperclips -- but it's a reasonably fun puzzle game that fuses strategy with speed. Also be aware there's no single-player component, so don't bother bringing this game on a long flight, as you can't do anything other than play through the tutorial. But you can add AI-controlled bots to a multiplayer game, if you want four players and there are only two of you. Flip Wars isn't a bad game, but there are many better puzzle and strategy games to choose from.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the combat in this game acceptable because it's against robots? Is there something that would make it more problematic?

  • Talk about competition. How does the fast-paced action between robots vying for territory foster competitive play? Can this carry over to other games or real sports?

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