Review Flail Rider
Have a flail of a time
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 30 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Colorful aesthetics, really fun mechanics, lots of destruction
Envision yourself driving a car recklessly around town. Now envision an absolutely massive flail attached to the back of it by way of a chain. If that sounds like a good time then Flail Rider for Android is your game. It’s a zany top down arcade game that has you swinging your car around like a flail to cause as much destruction in 60 seconds as you can.
This game has taught me that I’m a really terrible driver from an isometric perspective. I can’t tell you how many times a run would start and I would just send my car veering into the closest building, ending my run prematurely. In fact, I don’t think I ever actually made it through the full 60 seconds because I’m bad. The controls, however, are actually pretty decent and responsive. No fault there.
There are three classifications in car size: small, medium and large. You can get high scores for each, though I’m not really sure what the difference is other than the size of the vehicles. I personally didn’t notice any difference in the way the cars behaved or handled, though.
Riddled in each level are small power-ups that do things like increase your time so you can score more points in a run or make your flail bigger. You’ll also occasionally come up with a coin that can be used to purchase new cars, but these are so far and few between that you’re better off watching the ads.
Flail Rider has a serious problem when it comes to balancing gameplay with rewards, but it also has a lot of art assets here where you normally don’t find them. I’d like to see them be a bit more generous with the gold you can pick up in-game.