Publisher: Mr. Jack Games
I won’t lie, on the first attempt of playing Alien Swing, I was not that impressed. However this game is surprisingly addictive! The game is a combination of two games (at least in my head); the first being the simple, yet very addicting Helicopter flash game where you navigate your copter over obstacles and through tunnels. The second part of that combination is comparable to something like Earthworm Jim. In Earthworm Jim you would use your worm body to swing back and forth to grab things and advance through the level, much like you use your tongue in this game to advance.
There are two modes in this game, Distance Mode and Puzzle Mode. Let’s start with the Distance Mode.
The point here is to see how far you can get by using your tongue to swing back and forth and basically swing through the slides as if you were an alien Tarzan. Admittedly, this sounds easy; however they make it more and more difficult as you move through the level. If you hit the ground at any time you lose a life. So in order to make it increasingly harder they switch things up. They start you out slow with stagnant objects and once you are in the swing of things the objects will start moving up, down and side to side. This makes it not only a thinking game but also a game that makes you anticipate what is coming up next.
The Puzzle Mode is fun, yet challenging. It will help you get your feet wet without jumping in the pool completely. You learn the basics of swinging and collecting the coins throughout the stages (though coin collecting is not necessary), but you also get timed and have time-based challenges. If you beat the puzzle stage in the time limit allotted your reward is a gold medal for the stage. In all there are 30 puzzles stages with 6 unlockable levels that are sure to keep your attention.
All in all this is a fun game. If nothing else you always want to do better than your last attempt, which is what makes classic flash games like Helicopter or Yeti Penguin Swing so great. Alien Swing is worth the $1.99 as it is a game that will easily pass the time when waiting for an appointment or when you need to just need to blow a few minutes.
Overall Value: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
Graphics: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars
Sound: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars
Controls: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars