- Publisher: Pocket Monkey Games
- Genre: Family
- Released: 8 Oct, 2009
- Size: 6.7 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Easy to use and simple control scheme.
- Local highscore options with access to OpenFeint for leaderboards.
- Family friendly gameplay; accessible to all aged players.
- Focus on slower gameplay will not go down well with the impatient, fast gamers of today.
- A lot of unused elements in the game, the visuals and audio could have been improved upon.
- Players cannot quickly jump back into action, which distracts and takes players out of the game.
If you’re a fan of Rope’n’Fly but don’t like the fast paced speed of it, then you’ll have some fun with this minimalist clone; Swingaling.
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Swinglaling is a Rope’n’Fly clone replacing the stick figure character with a small monkey like creature. Your goal is to swing as far as possible using low hanging tree branches to grab onto. The further you go, the higher your score will be and the more obstacles will appear to try and throw you off.
You swing off each new branch by tapping on them to keep going. Players are recommended to swing a bit slower in order to keep going as far as possible as you may swing out of control if you attempt a new speed record. This is fine but encouraging slow gameplay isn’t going to win them any fan favourite awards.
Visually the game is solid but the majority of the screen consists of a bare background, with a focus on the top eighth of the screen until enemies come into play. The sound is a little too simple, consisting of sound effects and nothing more. And without the option of playing music from your iPod, you might want to sing during play. Players are also unable to replay instantly; you MUST enter a name, submit your highscore, exit to the main menu and then select play after EVERY game.
Swingaling is a decent title but unnecessarily lacks some gameplay excitement. The encouragement for slow play and lack of timer means someone who plays leisurely can do as well, or better than, a quick roper. Also there is a lot of unused screen and sound space that could have been utilized here. But if you’re looking for an easier alternative to Rope’n’Fly, then you might enjoy Swingaling.
Description“Bionic Commando meets DoodleJump.”
Version 1.2 is now available! It adds background music, ability to throw coconuts to destroy the baddies, improved controls, and an easy "replay" ability to get back in the game once you get a game over.
Check out Sparta and Champion Archer as they are on sale 50% off to celebrate! Yoohoo!
Do you have what it takes to become the ultimate swinger? Now is your chance with Swingaling!
Simple controls and the casual pick up and play style makes this one of the great games available on the iPhone.
Take on the role of Swingaling and travel through the forbidden jungle as you attempt to beat the world record in distance traveled. But be careful: There are some unfriendly fiends patrolling the forest who don’t appreciate your swinger lifestyle. This game is about gaining momentum and seeing how far you can go!
The addictive nature of this game may cause unrest and overexcitement. But don’t worry, since you can challenge your friends and family to beat your own online high scores.
"Swingaling joins the top tier of iDevice games that are actually worth mentioning. It ranks among the very best of pick-up and play games that the App Store offers and I can see myself playing this just as much as, if not more than, Doodle Jump or Canabalt which were my top casual pick-up and play games."
"Pocket Monkey delivers another solid hit."
"Suprisingly fun! This game is right up there with Doodle Jump in terms of addictiveness!"
"Come to think of it, reminds me of Sway. Very fun game."
The “one more try” factor was definitely there for us, and OpenFeint integration meant we could compete with other players. Plus, the game is rendered in the great hand-drawn art style unique to many of Pocket Monkey’s games. - SlideToPlay.com
I must say this has to be Pocket Monkey’s most addictive game yet... a game that takes the Rope N’ Fly formula to a whole new level. Overall, Swingaling was an interesting experience that I quite enjoyed. - noDpad.com
It’s definitely one of those “Pringles” style games – I dare you to try playing it just once. - iphonelife.com
-You may find it easier to grapple and swing by using your right thumb against the top branches.
- Slow and steady is the best approach to the game. Even the best of players struggle when moving too quickly.
- Easy pick up and play
- Simple controls
- Challenge function to compete with friends
- Online integration with OpenFeint
- Awesome Art!
Controls: Tap and hold to grapple, release to fly through the air.
1. “Coo-Coo for Coconuts!” (In Development) Allows you to throw coconuts to destroy the baddies.
2. “Shrooms of the Loom.” (Planned) Bounce off of toadstools Mario-Style!
3. “Power to the Peeple!” (Planned) Grab power ups along the way to keep you going!
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If you enjoyed this game, be sure to check out Champion Archer and Sparta from Pocket Monkey Games.
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What's New in Version 1.2- Easy to use replay button to quickly get back in the game.
- Removed "annoying" high-score pop-up after each game over.
- Added In-Game Music
- Added the ability to throw coconuts to destroy the baddies
- Improved controls