Angry Birds has another avian competitor in the iPhone App store. Tiny Wings – An app that has no similarities to the other popular bird based iPhone game other than they both have a cute bird – has positive reviews that rival that of the iPhone giant, catapulting the game to the top of the app store.
Curious why the game was getting such positive reviews, I decided to purchase Tiny Wings and try it out for myself. Below is my Tiny Wings review.
Review of Tiny Wings
Tiny Wings is a side scrolling game starring a cute little bird that makes cute little noises as he tries to use hills to fly. The bird forward automatically, but by simply touching the screen it will fold its arms inward to fly down hills, and by removing your finger it will flap its little wings as quickly as possible in order to shoot high into the air.
You use the dips of each hill to try to get Tiny Wings higher and farther. The game is easy to play but tough to master, and no matter how good you are you will still mess up and slow your Tiny Wings bird down.
The game is surprisingly addictive, and for such a simple game it represents a pretty tough challenge. Just one mistake with your Tiny Wings bird and you’ll slow down to almost a snail’s pace and have to speed right back up again.
The points system is great, but my personal favorite part of Tiny Wings is the ease of gameplay. Being able to play an entire game where all you need to do is touch a screen is a great change of pace from the games that are either not interactive enough (clicking the screen and then waiting) or too interactive (touching multiple buttons on the touch screen). This game is interactive, but in a way that doesn’t make the game frustrating.
The music is also nice, the Tiny Wings bird is cute, and I like the idea that you can upgrade nests for more points.
Maybe I’m spoiled, but I feel like this game may be a little too simple. Eventually I expect to get good enough at this game that it’s not worth playing anymore. While I still have room to grow, Tiny Wings does only have one style of gameplay. Once you’ve mastered it, I doubt the game will be fun anymore.
Overall Impressions – Tiny Wings Review
Usually when a game is simple like this it’s given away for free. Some of my favorite iPhone games, like Mega Jump, are completely free, and also has simple controls and uncomplicated gameplay. Yet for only $0.99, I really don’t mind, and I can’t see how the game would be able to make any money if they did give it away for free, so I don’t mind paying for it.
As you can see from the above Tiny Wings review, I approve of the game, and would recommend it if you have a spare dollar. I’m not convinced that this will be one of the leading games on the iPhone for long, but it’s definitely well done, and has very few things going against it.