What would you say if I told you that Chillingo was going to let you throw unicorn-riding puffballs around a colorful iPad universe? In Swing King, this is exactly what you will be doing. With another entry into the ever-popular physics-based game genre, Swing King invites you to solve the trajectory puzzles while avoiding a series of obstacles and a variety of traps.
“Fling the King, save the kingdom.” As with most games in this category, the first few levels are deceptively easy –but be careful and pay close attention because the skills you learn early on will help a great deal once you get a little deeper (like discovering all-too-late that certain things you perceived as dangerous are actually available to bounce and rebound against to get you where you need to go).
To add an element of whimsy to the game your king needs to collect as many of the floating stars as possible in an effort to unlock new hats (and as the game says, “everyone loves hats”). You can certainly finish the levels without doing this bit, but it isn’t nearly as fun or challenging!
What I liked: Very few developers offer the fit and finish that Chillingo does and Swing King is no exception. From the moment you load this game there is a strong sense that everything about it is ‘high-end’.
What I didn’t like: There are a few on-screen cues that guide you through playing this app but because there is no tutorial mode you are left to trial and error to figure out how to use them. This isn’t a problem for adult players but it might be nice for younger players of this kid-friendly title to have a little more assistance.
To buy or not to buy: If you are a sucker for the physics-based games, Swing King will be a more-than-welcome addition to your iPad game library.
- App Name: Swing King
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Chillingo Ltd
- Price: $0.99