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Flick Hoops

 

 

SCORE: 74

 

Flick Hoops 

 

My son loves the free Finger Basketball app on the iPhone/iPod Touch. When Paul told me about Flick Hoops I got excited. Not just for me, but I thought it might be another great one for him. Sadly there is one aspect of Flick Hoops that holds it back. What is that one aspect? The wind. I am not even sure what Flick Hoops has a hard mode. To me it is hard, and totally impossible.

My favorite little graphic in Flick Hoops is the silhouette fans that appear as I start making baskets. The fire graphic in the hoop when the player earns a new record is pretty cool as well. The challenges in Flick Hoops frustrated me to no end. I finally got to the ninth one, but could never progress past it. Flick Hoops does not let you skip them. The basketballs in Flick Hoops remind me of the Harlem Globetrotters.

The music in Flick Hoops has a sporty feel to it. I thought those songs were used more in baseball, but I have not been to either sporting event in the past two years. Before someone gets on me about that, let me explain. I am a full time mommy, a full time wife, and full time ministry work here at Family Friendly Gaming. I have had to learn to speak Star Trek to understand half of what my hubby knows. The special effect sounds are fantastic. Back to the music though. It annoyed me so I eventually muted the sounds entirely.

There are fifteen challenges in Flick Hoops. Then you can play the arcade mode, or the hard mode. You have to be a glutton for punishment to even want to play the the hard mode in Flick Hoops. I found the main arcade game to be frustrating. The price of Flick Hoops is ninety-nine cents so you won't break the bank. I still wish they had done one thing differently.

Talk about a masterful transition. The thing I wish Flick Hoops had done differently is the wind. There should be a mode of this game to play with no wind. It would allow this game to be approachable to the family friendly gamer. I let my son try Flick Hoops, and he gave up quickly. The concept of adjusting gravity by moving the iPhone/iPod Touch around is great. Let families learn how to shoot and score without the wind. Then have it in a harder mode.

That is my opinion on Flick Hoops. I found it to be too frustrating and difficult to score. Too often the wind would send the ball flying away, and no amount of gravity helped. I would say that Flick Hoops teaches physics, but I am not sure how accurate the physics are. At times it worked great, and others nothing I did would work. I see promise in this as a franchise and would like to see sequels.
- Yolanda

 

Graphics: 77%
Sound: 73%
Replay/Extras: 76%
Gameplay: 66%
Family Friendly Factor: 78%
System: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Battery Acid Games
ESRB Rating: '4+' - 4+

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