Developer: Nlogn
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

For the sake of transparency, I’m not very good at FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines. No, wait, I’m awful at it. As a fairly average gamer who’s a little impatient, this isn’t the kind of game to let me have an easy time. Conversely, that’s why FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines is quite appealing. On a platform where so many games are almost mindlessly simple, it makes a change to have to really try hard at something.

That means FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines isn’t for the faint hearted but for those who reveled in the challenge of the infuriating Flappy Bird (yes, I mentioned that name), it’s a more charming alternative than many. You play Herbie, a male ladybug with ambition. He’s put together a kind of aircraft in his efforts to explore the forest, collecting coins as he goes.

It’s down to the player to control Herbie through a series of thrusts. Your left hand is used to dictate the left rocket while your right hand manages the right sided rocket. Simple taps on the relevant buttons cause Herbie to fly into the air but it’s really not that easy. It’s tricky to manipulate the rockets so that you’re in full control of the craft. This is a game that needs plenty of practice to truly stand a chance with.

flycraft9flycraft7Fortunately the controls are pretty tight, so success is solely down to your ability to tap the relevant buttons gently but at the right time. Did I mention it was tough? As a free game with an energy system of sorts, you’re also going to be restricted to how many attempts you can make, before waiting it out for more gas to play again.

Collect sufficient coins and you can enjoy new crafts, which are both fun to look at and offer a different challenge given their different size and responsiveness. For the mediocre player though, it’s going to take quite a while to get that far.

That’s kind of the problem with FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines. Its difficulty curve is a double-edged sword. For those who love to be challenged, FlyCraft Herbie: Crazy Machines will certainly grab them, but for those who wanted an easier ride or maybe just a gentler introduction, they’re going to wish for a more forgiving game.

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