App Apes Verdict
- Graphics - 8/108/10
- Gameplay - 5/105/10
- Replay Value - 7/107/10
Swing Wizards seems to have swung a victory in the hearts of consumers with its enchanting music, cute graphics, and challenging game play, but it would take an old wizard’s patience and magical touch to master it and not be annoyed with the ads.
The graphics are well done and largely cohesive, save for maybe the hyper-realistic wrecking balls. Everything takes on a cartoon/anime like appearance with a complimentary watercolor style to the background–everything but the aforementioned wrecking ball obstacles and the cliff sides that have more defined outlines than say the grass, which is almost too simple in comparison. However, the four selectable characters are all adorable and the animations when hitting an obstacle and then subsequently the ground, along with the accompanying sounds, garner enough pity to have the player want to try again and again to have the character fly higher. The ogres/orcs that swing the ball, as well as the background and foreground objects, including a dragon, dinosaur fossils, changing weather, and flying castles are nicely illustrated as well, and lend themselves to the illusion of a fantasy world. There are a few other areas in need of minor improvement, such as the Google Play and messaging icons that block the character when selecting which the player wants to choose, but all in all the graphics create an immersive experience. Overall, the graphics are the best thing about Swing Wizards.
Many players will love the music, but for some it might grow to be loathed. The music starts out enchanting enough, but the more the players attempts to fly and the more he is met with failure, the more he begins to associate that small loop of RPG-esque music with failure. The clip is again soothing, but short and easily committed to memory and thus easily linked with ill feelings of inadequacy.
As for the game play: Swing Wizards is quite challenging in that the controls are far from intuitive. The image that attempts to serve as directions simple says “Tap” with a wavy dotted line. One might think this means tap for the selected character to follow the player’s finger, but that is not the case. Fast, repetitive tapping seems to only make the character remain centered, while lifting one’s finger has it go strafe one direct, and holding one’s finger on the screen go the other way. The two challenging issues with this is that the direction of lifting or holding the finger changes, and it is very sensitive giving the player very little time to regain stability before hitting a wall or obstacle. As it leads to much confusion it could also be that the character switches direct after every tap, but in either case, it’s difficult. So much so, that for the casual gamer this could be enough to turn them away, but for those who enjoy a challenge, this vertical Flappy Bird like game will hit the spot. Finally, while the game allows for many repeats without distraction, there are still plenty of ads that players have to deal with, from the banners in-game (that aren’t always kid friendly as the game might be), to the full screen pop-ups. Sometimes multiple ads pop up one after another.
Overall, Swing wizards puts a nice skin on the common tap and avoid obstacles game. It’s worth a try, but those used to games that nearly play themselves (looking at you, 3-match puzzle games) will be turned off by the extreme challenge, while those who love a challenge will most likely be enchanted with Swing Wizards.
Welcome to the wizard world and the world of fairy fantasy! Swing Wizards is one of the most addicting games. Tap..Fly..Easy? Ultimately, it tests your reflexes against time and movement. Tap to change your flying direction. Beware of the lurking red orc and green orc. Watch out for the iron ball swinging by the orcs! Don’t hit the obstacles; this is the play rule in this fun game. Collect points, gain the best score in global ranking and challenge the players.
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