Swing Wizards on Android from Earth Little is a very likeable game. If you appreciate tapping games, you’ll like it. If you’re a fan of wizards, angels or fairies, you’ll like it. If you go mad for Japanese anime in the chibi style, you’ll like it.
The game is very new, with less than 30 reviews and around 100 installs. When I downloaded it, hot off the press from the developer, it had only been downloaded 10 times. Since then, I’ve worked out how best to play it and my scores have gone up rather satisfyingly – on occasions. At the time of writing, it is scoring 4.8 out of 5 stars on the Google Play ratings.
The home screen of this vertical scrolling game has a very retro feel about it, with obstacles that remind me of successful 80s platformers. Large stones hanging from branches swing in time, and you just know that if your cute flying wizard hits one, it’s going to be game over.
It’s a very simple premise – your angel, fairy or wizard character has to avoid the swinging stones. To do this, they must fly upwards, more or less in a straight line. However, achieving this takes a steady hand and concentration, not to mention coordination. Your character will tumble headlong if you hit one of the stones or a branch, and will land with the in-game equivalent of a sickening thud on the ground, stars swimming before their eyes. As far as I can see, it is not possible to take a breather by landing on the branches that hold the stones, either.
The game is free to download, requires no special permissions and has no in-game purchase requirements. This makes it ideal for children, and in addition, the cartoonish style of the anime graphics will undoubtedly appeal to youngsters too. It’s quite addictive, and easy to lose track of time while playing, especially if you’re totally useless at it, as I was when I started. I must have spent an hour just trying to get beyond level 1!
The graphics and coloration of the game are detailed and rich and the influences come from all kinds of fantasy genres. There are wizards, angels, fairies and orcs, swinging stones and flying castles. The music is a real earworm, especially when you’re more often than not stuck on level 1, as I am. I didn’t have a touch screen phone at the time of Flappy Bird, but I can see why it was such a hit now, as this style of game is perfect for a touch screen phone which you normally tap or swipe anyway.
If you need to while away some downtime in an area of low signal strength, then this is an ideal game to choose.
Photograph supplied by the developer and therefore used with permission.