Swing the Bat is a “Rope and Swing” game released by Chillingo Ltd.
“Most bats know how to fly, but this one needs your help. Touch to use his grapple-legs to swing through the air, then release to send him soaring! Gain (and maintain) momentum so he stays ahead of the rising sun or above a fire below.”
This game itself is single player has two similar modes.
Dusk till Dawn – You swing through the forest as far as you can before the sun rises.
Night Fire – You swing through the forest until until you fall into the fire or the fire catches up with you (you can use the buckets of water to slow the fires progress).
Each modes have their own challenges and unlocked costumes, so are played as seperate games. The costumes are things like hats and masks. So you can be a pirate bat or go around with a hockey mask. The costumes have little effect on the game other than the sound effects.
I found the Night Fire the slightly better of the two, as falling to the ground (covered in fire) is fatal making the game a little more challenging. Also the buckets make you fell that you are slowing the fire, something you do not seem to be able to do in the Dusk till Dawn mode.
On the way through the levels you will be attacked by other bats, monkeys and pandas who all try and knock you down to ground level. In the Dusk till Dawn mode, you will be attacked by a tiger if you remain at ground level.
The levels have fruit to eat, if you eat enough, your bat will grow wings for a short time, allowing you to fly.
The game is control by tapping your finger on the screen to launch the rope and then holding until the swing is in the right place and then release.
The graphics and sound are both good, with the strange mix of spooky and cuteness of the bats.
On the upside:
- Cute game.
- Fun to play.
On the downside:
- Repetitive game play.
- Unclear how to improve your chances of getting past Forest 10 (always falling asleep) in Dust till Dawn.
Overall, I really enjoyed playing this game for the first few hours. It was great fun and I was steadily unlocking new costumes and switching between the two game modes to add to the longevity. However, after about the 4th hour, the progress began to slow and then stopped. The challenges became unachievable. That said the game is still fun to play, but now just feels repetitive with nothing new added.
Size: 16.2 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69