Fly Away Rabbit [rating: 3.5/5]
A new physics based iPhone/iPod Touch hits the App Store this week in the form of Fly Away Rabbit by Jonathan Parsons, which is his first venture into the App Store. The accelerometer and touch screen controls lend themselves well to the physics based games and so how does Fly Away Rabbit shape up?
The aim in is to help Fly Away Rabbit reach the clouds that he starts suspended beneath on the end of a red balloon. Fly Away Rabbit is a cute little white bunny with large doe eyes and it’s easy to become attached to the forlorn little creature as he swings helpless below the clouds. Blocking Fly Away Rabbit from his goal are a range of blocks and by removing them one at a time F.A.R. will either reach his destination or float off the screen in failure!
There are 48 levels in total, 16 in each level of Easy, Medium and Hard and you have to complete Easy before you can access Medium and complete Medium before you get to access the hard levels. While the learning curve is handled nicely you will still find yourself have to repeat even some of the early levels as you attempt to work through all the levels.
As you know balloons are bouncy so you have to take that into account as you move the blocks. As you remove each block the balloon with F.A.R. attached will float upwards and bounce a little as it hits the block above it. If the next block is horizontal then the bounce should have to much of a detrimental affect on your rabbits trajectory but hit a block on an angle and Fly Away Rabbit may just do exactly that!
The blocks not only come in a range of different shapes, think Tetris with a few additional shapes thrown in for good measure, but also react in different ways. One, the trickiest ones in my opinion, is extremely bouncy and even the slightest touch will result in it bouncing all over the place. The others include blocks that move slowly while some can’t be removed at all until all others are removed.
The simplicity of the game and controls, simply touch a block and it disappears, make this an easy game to pick up and the cute bunny will appeal especially to the younger players and yet the 48 levels will prove a challenge for even the most advanced physics game players. The only frustration for younger players or newcomers to the genre is the inability to move on to other levels without clearing an earlier one meaning that you can easily become stuck and frustrated on a level that you can’t get past.
And while it’s not a big deal there is still some tweaking of the edges to be done, for example when you’ve reached the end of the ‘How do I play?’ section which steps you through what you need to do in a nice, simple graphical way there is a next button that doesn’t do anything. It’s a small gripe though and not something that detracts from the game itself.
There’s no multi-player option and no scoring in the game meaning that once you’ve played the game through it’s 48 levels there will be limited replay value.
Fly Away Rabbit is a simple nice looking physics game that while not having the complexity of some physics titles is still engaging and entertaining and could be an ideal introduction to the genre for younger players.
- Cutesy graphics and a lovable rabbit
- Steady learning curve
- Good instructions
The Not So Good
- Only linear progression available
- No scoring engine/leader boards
- Limited replay value
Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Mar 09, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0.0
Size: 6.1 MB
Seller: Jonathan Parsons
© 2010 Jonathan Parsons
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.