Colorflys

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Lack of variety hampers butterfly-themed puzzle game.

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Some control and design issues. Players can't see their level goals on the main screen -- they have to pause the game to be reminded of which colors they're supposed to be catching. Also, players can't control the direction a butterfly moves in, which makes advanced strategy impossible.

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Users are prompted to review the game in the app store, follow the developers on social media, and sign up for the Colorflys newsletter.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Colorflys is a puzzle game where players draw circles around butterflies of the same color to "catch" them as they fly around the screen. Each of the 60 levels has a specific goal to meet, such as catching four blue, two red, and four yellow butterflies. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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COLORFLYS is a neat idea, but suffers from lack of variety and frustrating design. The game could have benefited from incorporating more sound effects or tactile feedback, and the decision not to display level goals on the main screen is cumbersome. (Players have to pause the game to be reminded of which colors they're supposed to be catching.) In later levels, with many butterflies crowding the screen, it becomes challenging to draw circles without ensnaring the wrong color too, and while players can tap the screen to make a butterfly move, it's impossible to control the direction it flies in, which makes advanced strategy impossible.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: May 5, 2011
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Size: 19.80 MB
  • Publisher: iGotItGames
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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