Review Flip Flop
A unique endless “flipping” game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 13 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Beautiful aesthetic, simple controls
No reward system, mechanics seem to be based more on luck than skill
Flip Flop for Android is a seemingly endless game that has you flip Andy the Android mascot on a small platform. It’s fast-paced, endless, challenging, and super repetitive. In fact, I found the game to be based more on luck than anything else.
Upon first look it’s easy to get swept up in the game’s clean aesthetic. Everything about it looks good and the muted colors are just nice to look at. There are different versions of the robot to look at and the game is low effort: tap and hold the screen the build up some power and let her go to let her fly!
The problem is that the physics aren’t consistent. There was one run where holding it down to the maximum extent would always perform two full flips. That is, until it didn’t. Suddenly holding it down that long resulted in my guy totally blowing up. So I would experiment endlessly and until I arrived at one conclusion: nothing is every the same three times in a row.
The game suddenly became a lot less fun knowing that there really wasn’t any way to judge where your friend would end up. Why continue to play an endless game if you can actually build up any real skill in it?
Flip Flop is a cool concept but the execution is poor. Games based on luck creates frustration inside a player and with the seemingly endless amount of endless games there isn’t any reason to pick this game up over something like Crossy Road.