Flip Div­ing

Physics-based sim­u­la­tor in­cites kids to spend

Jamaica Gleaner - - YL - By Neilie John­son Com­mon Sense Me­dia

Par­ents need to know that Flip Div­ing is a sim­u­la­tor that fea­tures divers per­form­ing tricks in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. Rag doll physics make the divers' move­ments fairly real, and it FDQ ORRN SDLQIXO ZKHQ WKH\ EHOO\ ÁRS or smash their heads against div­ing boards or stone out­crop­pings. Divers, tricks, and new dive lo­ca­tions can be bought with coins earned by good div­ing, but the process is so slow that it's clearly de­signed to make play­ers spend money. Play­ers can also earn coins by watch­ing ads for other games. Check out WKH DSS V SULYDF\ SROLF\ WR ÀQG RXW DERXW WKH W\SHV RI in­for­ma­tion col­lected and shared.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

Flip Div­ing has no story be­yond mak­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life (a pro­fes­sional diver, a karate ex­pert, a man in a busi­ness suit) dive off cliffs and other ab­surdly high lo­ca­tions. The idea is to cor­rectly per­form var­i­ous tricks from higher and higher el­e­va­tions, thus earn­ing gold coins while avoid­ing belly and back ÁRSV &RLQV DUH XVHG WR EX\ DGGLWLRQDO WULFNV GLYHUV and div­ing lo­ca­tions; play­ers can also buy tick­ets with real money and use those to pur­chase ad­di­tional items or watch ads to earn in-game cur­rency. Though the con­trols are sim­ple — just tap and hold to tuck — tim­ing is ev­ery­thing, and it's not as easy as it seems to dive suc­cess­fully.

IS IT ANY GOOD?

This is less a game than an amus­ing lit­tle time-killer, but its slow progress, ads, and pur­chases make it less-than-ideal for kids. It's easy to imag­ine mak­ing a ten minute line at the bank more tol­er­a­ble by mak­ing a rag-doll­ish diver go "sploosh" but less easy to imag­ine do­ing it for hours on end. And while it's fun to JHW WKH KDQJ RI SHUIRUPLQJ D SHUIHFW EDFNÁLS RU SLNH the re­luc­tant re­ward sys­tem means there are lit­er­ally hun­dreds of dives ahead of you be­fore un­lock­ing more stuff. What's even more an­noy­ing is that you don't get to choose what to un­lock: Though you can scroll through dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters with "Get" but­tons, you still have to spin a wheel to spend your coins, which gives you a new char­ac­ter at ran­dom, not one you choose de­lib­er­ately. You can watch videos to get things faster, but the num­ber of videos you have to watch to un­lock that fe­male diver is ex­ces­sive — yes, ONE fe­male diver. What, women don't dive? In the end you won't be play­ing Flip Div­ing for the au­dio-vi­su­als since the graph­ics and sound are no more than ad­e­quate, but if turn­ing a guy in a pen­guin suit into an Olympic-level diver sounds good to you, you're in for a rare treat.

APP DE­TAILS

De­vices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, An­droid Price: Free Re­lease date: Au­gust 20, 2016 Cat­e­gory: Sports | Size: 160.00 MB Pub­lisher: Mini­clip.com Soft­ware re­quire­ments: iOS 8.0 or later, An­droid 2.3 and up Rat­ing: Rec­om­mended for ages 9 and older

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