FlyBoy Review

Our Review by Chris Nitz on September 9th, 2011
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FlyBoy attempts to send players on a free-fall journey into the heart of the planet, but is it safer to just stay on solid ground?

Developer: Jelly Pants
Price: $0.99

Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone

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It is time to fall like a stone in a vacuum chamber, or that is what FlyBoy hopes to make the player feel like they are doing. In the ever growing swarm of games that challenge players to climb to the furthest reaches of space, Jelly Pants is going to push gamers into the deepest depths of the earth. The question now is: is this one worth the spelunking hassles, or should players stay on solid ground?

FlyBoy is a free falling game in which the player must navigate an obstacle riddled free fall through various caves, ice filled shafts, or deadly beach abysses. There are plenty of items to aid players along the way, like turning into a ghost to pass through rock bridges, or wings that increase the responsiveness of each life saving maneuver. Each stage comes with its own unique setting, various additional challenges, like roaming birds, and time requirements to move on. The basics of the game is simple enough for anyone to pick up and play, yet tough enough to challenge the hardened gaming veteran.

The game starts to fall apart quickly after pushing start however. On the presentation side, there is not a lot going on. Textures are a bit flat, almost appearing overly stretched out, and this is abundantly clear in stages like the ice cavern level. There is little noise to grace the ears with other than the wind whistling by, and a few sound effects from various items. There is a very pleasing spat noise when the character comes to their instant demise upon hitting an immovable object. Limbs fall off if the character clips anything on their descent down, which is a nice tough. It would just be nicer if there was more to feast the eyes and ears with.

Overall, FlyBoy is a decent start to a game, but not nearly complete enough to warrant an instant purchase. Those looking to give this a try, there are free versions for both the iPad and iPhone - we recommend folks try those out before dropping money on the full game.

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