Spoiler alert! Tiny Wings HD is tons of cute and a lot of fun. Modeled after ski jump games, Tiny Wings HD gives players a chance to soar. Five stars.
These birds aren't angry and they fly far higher. In fact, with the wind at their backs, the Tiny Wings positively soar. I tried the game on the iPhone, but it didn't do that much for me. On the iPad, however, the game quickly gathers speed.
The birds don't knock things over, they simply exist in two states—earthbound and flying. The wings are too tiny to carry the birds on their own, so players have to learn when to fold their wings and let birds slide to build momentum and when to let them fly.
When you hold your finger down, the bird tucks his wings. This makes him heavier to build momentum when he slides down hill. But if you don't release your finger in time, he won't be able to achieve lift off. The idea is to release the finger in time to send the bird soaring above the hills and into the mountains.
The object of Tiny Wings HD is build momentum so the bird can fly, but also to gather swag wherever possible.
It's tougher than it sounds, even with the little finger graphic telling you when to tap.
On your way you collect coins and speed jumps. In some versions you can try to hit a launch pad to give you an extra boost. The more you can hop between islands as well as hills, the more likely you are to earn points to upgrade your nest. If you make three successful jumps in a row you enter fever mode where your points are boosted. Unfortunately, in the main game, you have to race against daylight because the game ends when night falls.
If you don't like playing the same level over and over, trying to get further each time, you can also compete in one of several races against winged siblings to make it to your mother's nest.
You can also play head to head in several events. The split screen allows players to compete using identical runs. It's a great way to get your kids to settle an argument, or just to leave the room.
You can also take on friends in a head to head battle using a split screen. Players sit across the table and do their best to run identical courses with better times and total scores.
Tiny Wings HD works because of it's elegant simplicity. It's easy to learn but difficult to master. Timing is everything and one bad landing can throw the entire run off. But when you're flying in fever mode, the game is exhilarating.
Jenny Manytoes rates Tiny Wings HD
Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over Tiny Wings HD. If she could actually catch the birds she would probably wrestle them to the floor, break their necks and leave them as presents in the bed. Fortunately, they're too fast for her.
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