Apple TV Apps: Happy Swordplay Offers Interactive Family-Friendly Fun

Apple TV Apps: Happy Swordplay Offers Interactive Family-Friendly Fun

The new Apple TV has a lot of promise, thanks to its ability to run third-party apps. As more developers wrap their heads around how to write (and play)Apple TV gaming apps, it could become a more compelling purchase. One such developer is Happy Labs, which makes a few such Apple TV apps, including Happy Swordplay ($2.99).

Happy Play is an Apple TV app, but the developer offers a free companion app for an iPhone that lets you play along with the Apple TV version. Kids who may be migrating from the Nintendo Wii platform will appreciate the bright, colorful graphics. Speaking of consoles, at $2.99, Happy Swordplay is much more reasonably priced than console games, although it doesn't have the kind of levels and variety of disc-based games.

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Happy Swordplay

Happy Play is relatively family-friendly, despite the swordplay. It's more like wielding Nerf swords that you might see at a Cosplay event. It would be nice if there was a free or lite version so people could try before they buy. Also, be sure to keep a good grip on your Siri Remote and iOS device so they don't fly off during gameplay! 

Happy Swordplay

Pros

  • Bright, colorful graphics
  • Clever use of Siri Remote and iOS devices
  • Reasonably priced compared console games
  • Family-friendly

Cons

  • Free or lite version would be nice
  • Keep a grip on your Siri Remote and iOS device!

Final Verdict

If you are looking for an Apple TV app, that is fun for the whole family, Happy Swordplay is worth checking out.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.