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Review Don't Touch The Spikes
Flappy bird in a spiky cage
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 02 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One S
Completely free, simple controls, ads are not confusing
Monotonous game play
In 'Don't touch the spikes' for Android, you control a bird with flappy-bird-like control (tap to flap, stay airborne in a bouncy motion). But this bird is trapped, in a spiky cage! The pattern of spikes changes each time you bounce off the opposing walls, so that the game is constantly changing.
I found it very difficult to take screenshots for this review of the bird in flight, because as soon my fingers stopped tapping, the bird would fall onto the spikes. It's not a good game to play when other people want to talk to you or show you something, as there is no pause button, and even if you press your homescreen button, the bird is just going to fall on the spikes.
You can also collect sweets. There isn't much point in the sweets - you can trade them in for birds in different colours; but you won't know what color you are getting until you trade some sweets in. I unlocked a few extra birds, they all seem to behave exactly the same way - just different colors. The ads are quite unobtrusive, but I got the same pop-up ad every time I died, and tapped on it quite a few times, as the "x" is on the left-hand side instead of the right. It could almost be part of the game "Don't touch the ads"!
Don't touch the spikes is a fun little time waster, but it bores quite easily, and it's hard to get very far without giving it your full concentration. It could do with a little something else to keep it interesting, like extra lives you can collect; or birds with slightly different dynamics. And maybe a pause button.