Swing the Bat Review
- Unlockables are tied to completing objectives.
- The swing meter showing off the sweet spot is a nice addition.
- Game is a little laggy with long load times (at least on the 3GS).
- The swinging lacks the right feeling.
Combining objective based gameplay with the swinging rope genre creates a fun and novel concept, but the mechanics themselves could use some more fine tuning.
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When the call came in to review Swing the Bat, we here at AppSpy were expecting some sort of arcade based home run baseball game, but what we got instead was a nocturnal creature with fangs and a hookshot. Why is a bat swinging around from cave ceiling to bamboo stalk instead of flying? Well its because he hasn't eaten enough fruit to gather enough strength to flap his wings yet. Stay with me here.
Swing the Bat bears some resemblance to Tiny Wings, but more in game structure. The level starts with the sun setting and ends with it rising. In that time, you swing through caves and forests collecting fruit, avoiding other animals that wish harm upon you, and completing objectives. Each completed list of objectives will net you a new costume for the bat, and there are two different worlds with separate objective lists to play through (one is on fire). What differentiates Swing the Bat from other swinging games is that there is a meter every time you swing, and you get extra points for letting go in the 'sweet spot', which is often the best way to travel through the level anyway.
Visually the game is lush, with good character design, and the bat's costumes are humorous and varied. The music is appropriate and never bothersome, but the speech of the bat when you accomplish a good swing can become really old, really fast. How long you play rests on how engaged you are in completing the objective lists.
While Swing the Bat is a fun little time waster, it feels that it's just short of being great. The swinging itself feels a bit loose and the levels themselves wear out their welcome before the day breaks. Still if you like goal orientated gameplay and swinging bats, this one just might be worth a play.
DescriptionMost bats know how to fly, but this one needs your help. Touch to use his grapple-legs to swing through the air, then release to send him soaring! Gain (and maintain) momentum so he stays ahead of the rising sun or above a fire below. Collect enough fruit and he can briefly fly over dangers like tigers and pandas. How far can you go in this addicting new physics action-puzzler?
Swing the Bat Highlights
• Addictive gameplay that keeps you coming back for more.
• Simple, one-touch controls that are a breeze to pick up.
• Swing meter helps you perfect your swinging technique, all you pros can switch it off.
• Two game modes, Dusk ‘til Dawn and Night Fire.
• Avoid bamboo branch swinging pandas, banana throwing monkeys and vicious tigers as you swing through the jungle.
• Dozens of objectives to complete to unlock awesome bat costumes.
• Cute, old school cartoon style graphics.
• Plays on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
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