Kill the Fly [rating: 4/5]
I’m not sure that this game really needs a disclaimer but I can imagine that some will shy away from this title not only at the thought of having to kill hundreds if not thousands of fly’s but also due to the constant references to the stuff that fly’s often like to fly around. However if you don’t mind killing virtual flies as they attempt to eat virtual excrement then you should be OK to give this game a try and given some of the games and content that are available in the App Store I don’t thing Playsteria have anything to be concerned about!
Over 4 different environments each with 4 levels your task is to prevent a multitude of flies in a variety of shapes and sizes from eating through a pile of what some people refer to as s h 1 t. (Quite why you are so protective of such an item I’m not sure, but go with it anyway!).
You start in the Garden and as you progress you will travel through Uncle’s Loft, Jelm’s Street and finally the bathroom before you can call yourself the ‘Kill the Fly’ champion and each of these environments offer slightly different obstacles to contend with including cacti, tacks and puddles of water.
Each level is contained to the size of the iPhone/iPod Touch’s screen and in the bottom right hand corner is the pile of manure that you need to protect from the marauding fly’s. The fly’s in questions will appear from the top and side of the screen and they come in all shapes and sizes. From the common house fly that will just travel hap-hazardly across the screen, the larger, slower and more colourful fly’s that will take multiple hits to kill to the kamikaze flies that attack your prized treasure at pace there is always something to do as they come at you in wave after wave of attack.
You defence though comes in many forms, at first there is your simple finger which with a simple tap will squash the fly to death. The bigger flies though will take multiple hits to kill but the effort does some with its rewards.
At first your finger acts as a fly swat but killing the bigger flies will make the fly spray available which will send all the affected flies to sleep for a moment giving you the oppurtunity to kill them with ease. As you progress through the levels you will also get access to an electric trap which will fry any fly that comes close to it and then the love bug that will drug the fly’s with love and ultimately to their death.
The difficulty level ramps up pretty quickly especially on the top level of the three difficulty levels which is aptly named Nightmare. While the ultimate aim is to survive the given amount of time with your pile of treasure still intact you are also scored on your performance. The bigger the fly you fill the more points you get, miss a fly altogether though and you’ll lose points while hitting one of the obstacles will see even more points deducted.
The cartoon style fly’s look good but the environments could be a little stronger with more details too. The sound effects are nice, although sometimes you could be given to think that your watching F1 Grand Prix. One small annoyance though is the fact that if you have to pause the game for any reason the buzzing of the fly’s continues and can be very annoying.
Completing the game isn’t going to be to much of a challenge on the Easy and Normal but the Nightmare level should keep you busy for quite a while and even when you’ve completed the game there is the Massacre mode where it’s just you against the bugs in a man vs beast battle. Kill the Fly is also OpenFeint enabled which always adds additional value to any title and along with the ability to compare your high scores with other players on OpenFeint there are also 16 achievements to unlock.
Over all Kill the Fly is a fun arcade game and while it will keep you entertained for a while it doesn’t quite have the same addictive qualities of other such titles. It’s worth a try though and there is even a Lite version if you only want to dip your toe in first before jumping full in.
- 16 fun filled levels & 3 difficulty levels
- OpenFeint enabled
- Killing fly’s have never been such fun
The Not So Good
- Not for the feint hearted
- Sound effects can be annoying
- Limited replay value after completing the game
Reviewed By: Craig Willis
Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Updated Mar 05, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1
Size: 7.9 MB
Languages: English, Spanish
Seller: Zoo Studio S.L.
© 2010 Zoo Studio S.L.
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.