Swingaling


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Cheap Shot: Swingaling

Scientists have recently discovered a new type of animal in the rainforest: the Swingaling, a cat-like creature with an arm that can stretch to thirty times its body length. Unfortunately, the Swingaling is already an endangered species, because it is so inept that it can’t survive a simple trek through the jungle canopy or avoid numerous predators.

We don’t mourn the loss of the Swingaling, either. As the star of this discount-priced game, the Swingaling isn’t particularly adorable or fascinating. It’s just a weak excuse to swing through the jungle and post your high scores using OpenFeint.

For a dollar, you can save the endangered Swingaling habitat.

The wonky swinging physics will send your Swingaling soaring high into the air, making it nearly impossible to grab back on when it crashes down. We also didn’t like the way you had to hold your finger in position to swing, almost entirely obscuring the screen. Even simple tasks, like remembering your name for high score entry, are too much for this game.

Swingaling is a poor game, especially considering much stronger, swingy competition like Mr. AahH or Hook Champ. Don’t bother to save the endangered Swingaling.

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Swingaling and Nerdzilla Hands-On-Preview

We recently went hands-on with two upcoming pick-up-and-play titles from Pocket Monkey Games: Swingaling and Nerdzilla. While the company’s previous efforts (Champion Archer and Sparta) may have taken themselves a bit too seriously, we feel this new direction has lots of potential in the casual market. Read on for our impressions.

Admittedly nerds ourselves, we hesitated at first when hearing about Nerdzilla. The game is basically whac-a-geek, where you slap taunting nerds as they pop their heads up from the desk while keeping your hands off the popular kids. If a nerd has pimples, you hit them twice, and some even move books up and down in front of their face as a mocking shield. This angered us, so the punishment didn’t feel too undeserved.

Each level of Nerdzilla is set in a different class, so different types of scribbles on the desks will appear. Some of the finer details, such as the slapping animations, are quite funny. The game is OpenFeint enabled, so players will get all of its perks such as achievements and leaderboards. Nerdzilla has been submitted, so hopefully it should be out soon.

Even more interesting, though, is Swingaling, best described as a simplified minigame that builds off the Bionic Commando swinging mechanic. You play as a circular furry animal with an extendable arm that it uses to grasp onto canopy branches. After doing so you are swung back and forth, and you must tap on the next branch in order to proceed. Hitting the bottom of the screen or an enemy ends the game.

This is one of those games that does a good job at doing just one thing. 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. Swingaling is slated for release later this month, and we are curious to see how it fares with the casual gaming crowd.