(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really a full fledged game review as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a certain game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know whether it’s worth your time/money or not.)
I just love when I download a game thinking it’s not going to be much and it ends up proving me wrong. Nothing negative about any of these types of games, but when you go through as many games as I do on a daily basis, you start to get jaded and ALMOST want to start dismissing games based purely on their names or screenshots. (Hey! I said ALMOST!) But, like I’ve said so many times before, you can’t judge a game based of it’s screenshots or title.
Anyway, the game I’m talking about is Tappy Sky by Kloppe Media. Yes, I know the whole “Tappy, Flappy, Slappy” thing has been overused on the App Store, but honestly, who am I to say anything if it works.
Tappy Sky is a side scrolling shmup at first glance and it does a fine job at doing just that alone. You control your plane a-la Flappy Bird by tapping on the screen to keep from hitting the ground or any other obstacles. Your plane auto-fires, so you do have to watch your “taps” to make sure your bullets actually make contact with something.
What makes this game unique is that it’s actually mashed-up with a bit of “clicker” style gameplay. In between levels, you can upgrade your plane’s armor, shot rate, damage, controls, etc. You gain currency by completing missions, killing enemies, or mining. Yes, I said mining! You have an area in between runs where you can collect resources which turn into currency. You do this by tap, tap, tapping. It’s not mindlessly tapping though. You need to tap in the right order and speed so you don’t end up “overheating” your machines. It’s actually a nice change of pace in between levels. You can also upgrade your mining machines to make more money the further you dig. Everything from drill heads, storage, engine, and more.
Although I’m still fairly early into the game, Tappy Sky has really surprised me so far. There’s quite a bit of content packed into this little 65 MB game. It’s pretty much two full games mashed into one….and it works surprisingly well! Definitely check this one out while you’re waiting for the SNAPP Roundup this week!