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Swing the Bat

 

 

SCORE: 81

 

Swing the Bat 

 

Swing is a little bat with a tiny little problem. His wings are too small. So he is not capable of flight. How does Swing get around? He swings through the trees with the greatest of ease. Didn't see that coming did you? To be blunt I am not sure if his wings are too small or if his body is too big. He may have stayed at the buffet a bit too long if you catch my drift. Whatever the case we have to traverse Swing through the caves and forests of Swing the Bat.

The art style in Swing the Bat is very unique. There are some amazing offsetting colors. Some stick out amazingly well. The caves are dark, but the forests are much better. There can be fire at the bottom of some levels which will hurt poor Swing. He can get into fights with animals like tigers and pandas. The visual of that is like older cartoons where there is a dust cloud and neither party is visual.

I really like the music in Swing the Bat. The sounds in this iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad app are great. I am resisting putting a bad pun in here. Just know I thought about it. Swing seems to be a happy little bat. I never thought I would ever say something like that since bats are not exactly the most lovable creatures. Yes I know they have their place in our eco-system. Doesn't mean I want to snuggle with a plush toy of one.

Each level will give the player multiple objectives. Complete them and you complete the level. They will open up things like new costumes. There is just something about a cowboy hat wearing bat that makes me completely speechless. Swing the Bat is selling for ninety-nine cents, and works on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a download code to review this app.

The swinging action of Swing the Bat is a lot of fun. There is a meter to show you exactly when to let go. Masters of Swing the Bat can turn that off if they so choose. The physics of swinging and getting to the next area is really cool. My one complaint about Swing the Bat is it gets repetitive. The more I played it, the more I felt like I had seen this spot before.

The biggest lesson in Swing the Bat is the physics of swinging. A sub lesson is to avoid tigers, pandas, and monkeys that are throwing bananas. Wild animals can be extremely dangerous especially to children. There is something carefree about swinging through trees. When I was younger I used to climb them, but never had the squirrel jumping urge. I like the idea of Swing the Bat, and would welcome sequels in future years.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 79%
Sound: 88%
Replay/Extras: 81%
Gameplay: 77%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%
System: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Chillingo
ESRB Rating: '4+' - 4+

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