Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 12 out of 26
  1. Dec 19, 2010
    It's clear that even Nintendo wasn't sure what to do with Flingsmash at retail, so instead of trying to convince the gaming populous to buy it separately or even as a WiiWare download, it's used as a premium to get people to upgrade to the Wii RemotePlus.
  2. Dec 19, 2010
    FlingSmash's reliance on a very basic, flawed control scheme saps most of the fun from all of your flinging and smashing.
  3. Dec 19, 2010
    FlingSmash's title might be short, snappy and to the point, but the game itself only manages the first of those three.
  4. Dec 19, 2010
    FlingSmash isn't handball on rails. It's an accessory pimp. And not a very good one at that.
  5. Dec 25, 2010
    Levels are too long, too sedate and too tedious. It's the gaming equivalent of a Chinese Finger Trap. [Issue#232, p.95]
  6. Dec 28, 2010
    If you meant to buy a Wii RemotePlus, then FlingSmash is a reasonable purchase, since the bundle is sold basically at the same price of the controller. The idea of using Arkanoid-like mechanics in a colourful adventure was certainly original at first, but in FlingSmash it has been transposed in a flimsy gameplay and in a very dull experience. The game suffers the lack of extra modes, interesting minigames or ideas that truly take advantages of the Wii RemotePlus' capability.
  7. Dec 19, 2010
    As it is, it's the core of a good game that pops in and out of the consciousness without leaving a lasting impression.
  8. Jan 3, 2011
    FlingSmash is a fun game which will keep us entertained, specially if we play in company or if we love to surpass our own high scores, although it won't be liked by everyone.
  9. Jan 4, 2011
    It's just a shame that its later stages don't make good on the genuinely entertaining gameplay that it initially promises. [Issue#104, p.119]
  10. Dec 19, 2010
    If you see this going cheap, buy it for the included Wii Remote Plus, otherwise avoid.
  11. Jan 4, 2011
    Interesting gameplay ideas with poor controls and repetitive gameplay.
  12. Oct 22, 2010
    Addictive simplicity. [Dec 2010, p.86]
  13. Jan 3, 2011
    The hero is a lot of fun, the setting is interesting and gameplay is somehow original. A shame for all the repetitiviness and the annoying controls.
  14. Dec 19, 2010
    The lack of content, despite some clever ideas, makes it feel like it would have been better suited for a WiiWare title at a downloadable game price.
  15. Feb 9, 2011
    The fun delivered by FlingSmash lasts only for a few minutes. It's a poor product, lacking in a solid and satisfying gameplay and getting tedious on the long run. But as a bundle with Wiimote Plus, it has some meaning.
  16. Dec 19, 2010
    FlingSmash is a waste of an intriguing game mechanic.
  17. 50
    FlingSmash is full of interesting gameplay ideas that would've been a lot more fun if the game controlled well, or at the very least, compensated for the poor controls by being a little more forgiving.
  18. Dec 19, 2010
    It's only a cheap pack-in title but this not only fails as a game, it's also a terrible way to show off the Wii Remote Plus/Wii Motion Plus.
  19. Dec 25, 2010
    A really bad showcase for MotionPlus, inexplicably packaged with a technology it doesn't understand. [Issue#56, p.48]
  20. Dec 19, 2010
    FlingSmash is a refreshing game, but its innovating gameplay isn't really deep enough. It still works quite well though, but here's the second flaw : it's really short (4 hours) and repetitive (especially when playing coop). You can always come back to it for scoring purposes, or enjoy some not-so-inspired mini-games.
  21. Feb 10, 2011
    Could only lead to a tired wrist and a bored brain.
  22. Jan 10, 2011
    It is not clear how Nintendo has agreed to publish a "first party"in these terms, unless we consider the possibility of promoting the Wii remote with Wii motion plus already integrated.
  23. Jan 3, 2011
    The game is bundled with a Wii remote plus controller so you might think this platformer is a delight to play. But the main problem with the game is in fact: the controls. It's very inaccurate and it'll usually make you frustrated. The game has some fun moments, and it looks pretty good, but it's short and some levels are really dull.
  24. Jan 2, 2011
    Short, monotonous, lacking replayability with annoying controls... FlingSmash is the clear example that Nintendo also has wrong ideas sometimes.
  25. Dec 19, 2010
    If you find you have a knack for the basic gameplay of FlingSmash, beyond willing yourself through the levels as I did, there's plenty of replayability.
  26. 40
    The idea of a sort of side scrolling Breakout clone is pretty neat, but punching your rubber ball hero Zip around feels more random than you'd expect from the otherwise precise Wii Motion Plus. You're likely to get a sore wrist from contantly flailing your arms around, and the gameplay lacks both variety and challenge. It does come with a WiiMote plus though, which is nice.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 2, 2014
    As nintendo world report put it: FlingSmash is full of interesting gameplay ideas that would've been a lot more fun if the game controlled well, or at the very least, compensated for the poor controls by being a little more forgiving.

    The game is mediocre and not worth your time. Artoon is horrible.
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  2. Nov 21, 2011
    This game's only problem is the fact that is on CD. It should be damned WiiWare. Controls are okay and main villain is kind of cool, but most of time you just have to mindlessly swing Wii remote to every possible direction. Stages with metal characters shouldn't be in game (game's normal mindlessness times three) The best thing about game is fact that it comes with Wii Motion Plus and it's cheaper than controller alone! Full Review »