Developer: Majesco Entertainment
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Flea Symphony is a music-based physics puzzler where gamers bounce fleas on drums, off guitar strings and through tuba cannons to create musical masterpieces. It’s clever and unique on the surface, but does it offer enough gameplay to keep gamers satisfied?

The objective is simple. Move, slide and rotate music instruments so that when the flea flies out of the tuba cannon it lands on the surface to match the bar notes at the top of the screen. At the start of a level, a blue bar moves across the musical score, so gamers must line everything up correctly. Failure to match the blue line with the timing of the correct instruments means gamers must try again. In order to solve some puzzles, players may have to move the instruments in real time. When a flea lands on an instruments and hits all the notes on time and makes it to the exit, it’s on to the next puzzle.

The gameplay is all about trial and error. When the flea doesn’t land on the instrument in time, then gamers must move it and try again. There is a flea counter at the bottom of the screen that shows how many fleas have tried to make it through the puzzle. The levels start off easy at first, but become difficult later as more fleas and instruments are introduced. Up to three gold stars are earned at the end. Gamers will have to bounce the fleas almost perfectly the first time to earn all three.

There are a total of over 100 levels to make it through in five worlds, with more free updates promised in the future. The graphics look great and well-designed, and the musical component helps make the game stand out a lot.

While Flea Symphony is innovative, there are a couple of areas where it can be improved. For one, it can get repetitive and boring after awhile. Adding more game mechanics, game modes and power-ups would help keep things interesting. Also, although there are 30 achievements to earn, the game does not include any leaderboards. Secondly, there seem to be a few bugs that need corrected. I thought maybe I was the only one facing some lagging and crashing issues, but upon inspecting the App Store reviews, there are other gamers who are having similar issues on the iPad.

Flea Symphony has a lot of potential to be more engaging, but the developers still did an excellent job making this game fun. Since it is a new release, I’m sure future updates will improve the game mechanics. For now, its low purchase price, wide selection of levels and unique gameplay make it well worth considering.

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