Flappy Golf

Flappy Golf is perhaps the only good thing to rise from the Flappy Bird craze that plagued the app store for weeks. Originally it started as a joke with Noodlecake Studios taking the courses from their already successful Super Stickman Golf 2 (another great game), and having it feature a flapping golf ball. Its original and addicting gameplay soon attracted enough interest to warrant its own full length game.

A Typical Flappy Golf Level

A Typical Flappy Golf Level

The objective is to get the ball into the hole in as few flaps as possible, by tapping the buttons to either flap to the left or to the right. You must sink the ball under a certain number to earn gold stars, and if you have what it takes after you’ve completed the game, superstars. It sounds simple, but add in 52 courses full of buzz saws, lasers, and sticky pink goop and you will find that true control over the ball takes some serious skill.  Earning all the superstars is an undertaking that only the most talented and determined flappers will complete, and the feeling of accomplishment after doing so felt on par with some of the other major achievements of my life. That was until they released 20 more courses with an update, which I am still working to beat.

The Online Multiplayer Menu

The Online Multiplayer Menu

A large amount of unlocks and a solid multiplayer makes it a game that will last. Multiplayer mode offers a whole new mechanic to the game by switching the objective to be a race to the hole where you can play with up to eight people over Bluetooth or four people over wifi. Additionally by winning matches you earn points to unlock different balls and trails, giving you something to work for.

While this game is a gem, it does have its flaws. For one there is an ad in the bottom center of the screen that is always there during game play. While one can’t complain too much because the game is free, it would be nice to at least have the option to pay a dollar to make it go away. Similarly the first hole you play after opening the game each time will have a perfectly timed surprise ad pop up right as you make your first flap so you click it almost every time. While these are annoying it doesn’t take too much away from the gameplay.

The Good

  • Tons of content
  • Original concept, and good gameplay
  • Strong Multiplayer

The Bad

  • Permanent ad and surprise pop ups

Rating

9/10

This game is a hidden gem with a creative and original concept with plenty of content and unlocks to keep you playing.

-Jake

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Stickman Soccer

With all of the hype surrounding the World Cup, its no wonder this game rose towards the top of the App Store charts. One of Robert Szeleney’s series of  “Stickman (Insert Sport Here)” games, this is the first one by him that I’ve ever played. Upon starting my first game I appreciated the simple mechanics and controls, opting for the manual option as opposed to a simplified auto option where you only control passing and shooting, which was much like driving a car without arms. The game plays like a less sophisticated FIFA which makes it perfect for a mobile game. It played fluidly and free of glitches and after a couple games was quite easy to control. While you can start a season playing with the same team for multiple games I think that for long term playability there needs to be something to work towards such as unlocking teams or custom balls through winning or leveling up. For me this is usually the distinction from something being a good game or a great game.

Gameplay Screenshot

Screenshot of Gameplay

Another thing I found myself wanting was multiplayer. Being a simple sports game it lends itself perfectly to head to head play, whether it be Bluetooth with your buddy or online multiplayer. Despite these areas of potential improvement I appreciated that they didn’t shove ads in your face. They offer a fun second game mode called “Street Soccer” which has a smaller field and team as well as a fence that stops the ball from going out of bounds, however you have to watch three ads to unlock it. While this was a little annoying it was nowhere near as irritating as would have been if this feature was an in-app purchase, which I appreciated. All said and done if you have a 3-minute window to waste time Stickman Soccer is definitely worth the 99 cents.

The Good

  • Simple controls and fluid gameplay
  • Easy to pick up and play for a few minutes
  • No obtrusive ads or in-app purchases

The Bad

  • No long term objectives besides season play
  • No multiplayer
  • No customization of teams or balls

Rating

6.5/10

A solid soccer game with simple mechanics and playability, but lacking the depth and multiplayer to make it an outstanding game.

-Jake

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