I’m not entirely sure that it was the developer's intention, but Flew the Coop is pretty much Canabalt for young kids. That’s it in a nutshell.
Yep, you run from left to right (automatically), and tapping the screen unleashes a little jump with which you can vault various farm-related obstacles.
To Flew the Coop’s credit, it includes a little tutorial explaining the handful of different gameplay elements. Not that there’s much explaining to do, but it’s nice to be nice.
So what do we have? The longer you hold down the jump button, the higher you jump; if you keep your finger held down, you’ll flutter as you descend. You can jump on animals’ backs to reach higher ground, and jumping from a pig’s back lets you bounce “super high”.
If you manage to fly really high (and you probably will – it’s not that hard), you’ll inevitably find yourself on the roof of a barn. Some roofs have weather vanes at the end of ‘em, providing a cheeky speed boost.
And that’s all there is to it, my friends. Is it worth 69p? Probably not. Not when you’ve seen literally everything the game has to offer within the first 30 seconds and there’s little to no replay value.
Also, it’s not strictly necessary to avoid running into the other animals. Sure, you’ll tumble over and slow down a bit, but there’s no health bar and your score is determined entirely by distance covered.
The only time you really need to jump is when you spot a farmer. In the early stages – before things speed up - you’ll have plenty of time to react.
To be fair, Flew the Coop does get a little more exciting when the pace picks up. It’s not quite so easy to see those farmers coming and as such there’s far more incentive to stay as high as possible.
Let’s end on that semi-positive note, shall we?
- Fun while it lasts
- Doesn’t last very long
- Too easy at first
- No variety/power-ups/levels
Summary: Flew the Coop isn’t terrible, but there’s really not a lot to it. It's tough to recommend when there are so many quality games available for the same price.
Developer: JPK Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: 69p @ App Store