Review Swing Shot
Jungle critters are at war in the treetops!
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 07 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Online multiplayer, addictive game play, simple controls
Menus need refinement, graphics could have been better
Swing Shot for Android takes some familiar elements and adds a few unique twists to make a game all its own. The play takes strategy and skill, and is actually quite addictive. I loved the online play.
Swing Shot takes place in the leafy, wooded canopies of a lush jungle. There’s what looks to be an infant’s mobile, teetering with half a dozen disheveled looking monkeys; one set on the left of the screen and another on the right. The objective is to throw rocks at your opponent and try to knock their monkeys off before they do the same to you. Play against live online opponents and see who wins.
The controls work quite well; similar to angry birds, just touch the monkey you want to hurl rocks with, slide your finger back to wine up and take aim, then release and hopefully hit your target. The shots do take some skill and finesse. It’s possible to hit combos and knock more than one monkey off at a time. Strategy comes into play because you can choose to hit weak points of your opponent’s mobile and try to knock pieces of it off and topple a cluster of monkeys all at once.
There are plenty of upgrades with alternate objects to throw, like boomerangs and sticks. You can also customize your menagerie of animals with an array of familiar, yet weird looking critters, and even hurl taunts against your opponent with some preset messages; just tap to smack-talk your competitors with an instant message.
The graphics are decent but could have been better. The animation is pretty good, but needs some refinement to keep things more entertaining and visually interesting. The sounds are comical and add to the enjoyment of play. However, the upgrade menus are a little poorly constructed; the fonts are small and everything is a little needlessly cramped. Much could be done to maximize the screen space and make the presentation more visually appealing.
Swing Shot has some interesting elements to it. I enjoyed the play and getting matched up against online opponents was seamless, with no buffering or lag issues. The game is surprisingly addictive, mostly because the turn by turn style play keeps things engaging. This one has a lot of potential and will only get better and better with each update. Great start though; curious to see it evolve.