Sep 8, 2014
After Dong Nguyen has put his feelings of guilt and regrets aside, he started to develop â€˜the next Flappy Birdâ€™. Is Swing Copters as good (or bad, depends on your point of view) as Flappy Bird?
Dong Nguyenâ€™s next game is Swing Copters. Just like Nguyenâ€™s last game, Flappy Bird, it is a game with the most simple control scheme there is: by tapping on the screen, the copter dude will fly left or right, depending on its position. The goal for the player is to come as far as possible, of course, but to do so, players must embrace the simple controls and concept as it were their lives. Because one needs to be very patient playing this game; Swing Copters gets on your nerves real fast.
Flappy Bird had two gimmicks. One: the flying Cheep Cheep look-a-like from Mario that would only go up when one taps the screen. Two: the hit boxes were just awful. Unfair and plain awful. The goal was to jump between green Mushroom Kingdom pipes. In Swing Copters, the base remains the same. This time around, players need to navigate the bud on screen through construction support beams, while avoiding the hammers of death. All while being irritated with the controls.
The controls arenâ€™t that awful, actually. Unlike Flappy Bird, one might consider this more of a game where players can get good at. The mechanic here is that the copter goes right or left when the player doesnâ€™t tap the screen. When he does, the copter turns around immediatly. This means that, when players wait a bit, the copter gets some momemtum going, something one need to keep in mind when tapping the screen again. It is a matter of life and death in Swing Copters.
But because of the awful hit detection, it doesnâ€™t really matter how good one gets with the concept, the struggle, the controls or the momentum. It just isnâ€™t fun anymore. Weâ€™ve played to many Flappy Bird like games already and the momemtum mechanic isnâ€™t even new. It makes one wonder why Nguyen even bothered to produce this abomanation of a video game, because of its lack of a fun factor. Just donâ€™t play this game. Donâ€™t even download it. Maybe Nguyen will stop making games.