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01 Nov

Swiperoo released by The Mascoteers – A 3D visual, fast paced addictive game

A new, rather challenging game available to Android users, Swiperoo utilises the swiping feature of your smart phone in a fast-moving environment that has the player navigating a cube around the screen and trying to collect as many coins as possible in the process.

The app does its very best to confuse you as your task is to swipe in the other direction of an arrow that appears in different places around the screen, something that goes against one’s instinctive nature. And being a game that is all about reflexes and fast instinctive movements, it can prove frustrating to impatient gamers. Add to that the fact that the game’s vibrant colours and interface are constantly changing, and you’ve got an app that is fairly challenging from the get-go.

These added features are no-doubt a way to sure up the apps long term appeal, but for a relatively simple, swipe-focused game, which is by no means an original concept, Swiperoo is able to keep your attention for long enough to be well worth your time.

As you progress, you’re required to navigate more and more obstacles and hazards. Among other things, you’ll have to deal with ‘Don’t play’ signs that mean you need to avoid touching the screen at all; these are particularly difficult to deal with when the adrenalines running through you and you’re on edge. The speed accelerates at a furious pace and dummy arrows are also fired out at you.

Like the gameplay itself, the settings menu is simple and cuts out the unnecessary options that flood the opening menus of many apps. You can share your score and keep track of game stats, which include your best score, time spent playing, the number of games you’ve played – all of which help you improve.

Modern successful smart phone apps are following a formula – a simple layout and easy-to-understand concept that is fairly straight-forward in early levels and difficult in those that come later. Swiperoo fits this mould and for the most part, its attempts are successful.

 

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The main endearing feature is the fact that after a few attempts, the game is fun and quite addictive. Flipping the cube through a colourful space is somehow simultaneously stressful and relaxing – the perfect concoction needed for an addictive experience.

Swiperoo is a free app for Android, however an add-free paid version is also available.

Like other games in The Mascoteers’ catalogue, this offering is addictive and has surprising longevity. Putting your instincts and reaction time to the test, Swiperoo provides entertainment for everyone in the family and is sure to fire up the competitive nature of just about anyone.

Rating

  • Speed (4/5) – Pacing is largely determined by the skill of the player, which is a nice touch.
  • Theme (4/5) – Some eye-catching visuals here to be enjoyed.
  • Features (3/5) – The gameplay has been seen before, but it provides wholesome fun for minutes or hours.
  • Overall (4/5) – Swiperoo is yet another simple, visual tapping/swiping game that looks good and keeps you coming back for more.

Pros

  • Simple instructions and concept
  • Nice vibrant colours and 3D visuals
  • Offers replay rounds for players to get another chance
  • Compare the scores and compete your friends

Cons

  • Four arrow scenarios could be introduced more tactfully
  • No level ups as the game continues

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