Developer: Rebel Twins
Price: $0.99
Version: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Night Flight takes gamers on a high flying adventure as they help a little purple teddy bear fly his toy airplane to freedom. Teddy needs to escape the toy factory, and it’s up to gamers to help him make it out alive. It’s a challenging 3D game packed with non-stop action, but does it have enough replay value to keep players from getting bored?

Gamers must work hard to collect as many stars as possible in each of the current 32 levels while searching for the remote to open the exit. The stars automatically are attracted to the toy plane, but there are magnetic power-ups to help players collect them more efficiently. The goal is to reach a top speed, collect a lot of stars and complete each level quickly in order to earn a three star ranking.

The controls are hard to get used to at first. Tapping on the left side of the screen rotates the plane counter-clockwise whereas tapping on the right side rotates it clockwise. Tapping is completely different from touching, which is what I was doing wrong at first. Players must really tap back and forth to help stabilize the airplane, or they’ll find themselves stuck up against a wall.

While the controls add a challenging aspect to Night Flight, there are also hazards along the way that make the levels hard to beat like missiles that explode the plane and enemies that try to smash it. However, there are also power-ups to aid gamers such as teleports and star magnets.

What makes Night Flight stand out the most are the impressive graphics. Not only are the graphics well-designed but they are also imaginative. It was like being trapped in a little kid’s nightmare. I loved the style of the game, and I couldn’t get enough of the little teddy bear’s personality.

Where Night Flight falls short is that it doesn’t offer enough replay value for gamers who like to compete. There is one Game Center leaderboard, but there are no achievements or social network integration. Once all three stars are collected (which can take gamers quite a few tries in the more difficult levels), it’s hard to justify going back and replaying the levels other than to top the leaderboard.

Although the replay value may be concerning to some, Night Flight is still a hoot to play. From the detailed graphics and frantic game play to the explosive power-ups, Rebel Twins did a great job—especially since this is their first title. It should be noted that anyone with an iPod touch should wait for an update to be released for purchasing this game, and those with an iPad will want to check out Night Flight HD.

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