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It's Time To Take A Dive And Get Some Swift Revenge

August 7, 2013

Swift Revenge ($0.99) by Ayopa Games LLC is a vertical diving adventure that has you smashing you way to victory. It reminds me of Flyro, as the two games are very similar, though Flyro is going up instead.

Endless runners are games that I love playing, though sometimes it does get a bit stale, with the same thing over and over. Fortunately, it seems that the new trend are runners that aren’t necessarily endless, but provide levels and various objectives other than getting as far as you can. Swift Revenge is one of those games, and it’s pretty fun.

The game features beautifully rendered, colorful cartoonish visuals that definitely appeal to players of all ages (it’s even suitable for the entire family). It’s not only that, but the backgrounds are beautiful, everything looks detailed, and the animations are smooth and fluid. The game features an action-packed soundtrack that will get your blood pumped for saving the world as Swift the bird from the evil clutches of Doctor Crow.

The controls in the game are easy, though I do wish there were alternatives. Currently, you will need to maneuver Swift left and right by tilting your device. At the top will be your dash meter, and you can dash by tapping on the screen. If you keep your finger on the screen, then you will perform a long dash. Dashing can only be done for brief amounts of time, so keep your eye on the bar. However, the moment you release, it will replenish itself.

As you dive from the sky to go after Doctor Crow, you will encounter obstacles in your path. Your job is to steer Swift out of harm’s way, but you will also get points and a combo multiplier if you dash and smash through obstructions. However, if you crash into an object, there are no second chances — Swift will die. Fortunately, the levels will feature multiple checkpoints that you can pass, so you restart from the last one you passed.

To spice things up, the game features boss battles with Doctor Crow himself. These will involve several steps to break his contraptions, and then you are able to move on to the next world. Sometimes, these boss fights will require you to change the orientation of the device, so that’s pretty nice. However, I don’t like the way that this is done, as it will definitely make you a bit silly out in public, since you have to repeatedly spin your device.

Additionally, while Swifts main form of attack is the dash, as he discovers new worlds through the time paradox, he is able to find various weapons like guns and swords to aid in his adventure. I rather like this, as it adds some nice variety to the game, rather than only having the dash. These work just like the dash, recharging after an idle period.

Along the journey, coins will be available for you to collect. These are used in the Shop, where you can purchase various costumes and upgrade unlocked weapons. At first, only the gun tab will be available, but as you find other weapons, they will become unlocked.

For the competitive types, there is full Game Center support for leaderboards across the five worlds, and 5 achievements to obtain. I wish that there were more than five achievements, as I think there are a lot of possibilities with this game. Hopefully this changes in the future.

So far, I’m enjoying Swift Revenge. However, I do wish that the game had an alternative for controls, as I found it a bit silly when spinning my phone out in public. I would like to see some other method of controls, such as directional swipes — anything that doesn’t make me look like a fool out in public.

Still, I recommend checking out Swift Revenge if you are looking for a vertical diver packed with a lot of variety in the levels, complete with gorgeous visuals and music. You can download Swift Revenge in the App Store as a universal download for only $0.99.

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