Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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In MiniFlyer, players use their reflexes to escape from deep underground. The game involves one infinitely long level in which players have to keep moving upwards while struggling to avoid and dodge obstacles.
Players tilt their device to control an avatar that has jetpack strapped on. In order to keep flying upwards, players have to constantly collect coins. If coins aren't collected frequently enough, then the avatar will fall off the bottom of the screen and the game will be over. Coins also fill up a boost bar, which when full allows the player to shoot upwards at a high velocity and not worry about collecting coins.
Throughout the infinitely long game, the avatar will be outfitted with various "mechs", which are a machines that changes the way that the avatar moves upwards. One of the mechs latches on to the side of screen and restricts movement to one of the two sides. Another one of the mechs has the player hop from platform to platform. The mechs do a really nice job of changing up the game play and keeping things interesting.
Collecting coins isn’t always easy. There are multiple types of coins, such as blue coins, which only appear when the avatar is close by, and orange coins, which move around. Eventually the amount of coins on screen becomes pretty sparse and when that happens, precise aiming is key.
Collecting coins not only keeps the avatar moving upwards, but they can be redeemed at the in-game store. Players can purchase other avatars, upgrades to the jetpack, special items, and lots of other stuff. The app also has achievements, which are called “missions."
As the level progress higher, obstacles start to appear, like lasers that have to be avoided. Also, when in the mech that hops from platform to platform, some of the platforms will denigrate.
MiniFlyer is a solid reflex-based game. Its core concept is simple and is made more much interesting thanks to the mechs that change gameplay. The robust store also adds a lot of depth to the game.