Fly Control HD

Common Sense Media says

Fast-paced strategy game is fun, even if it's kind of gross.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game's rules and controls are very easy to learn. The increasingly fast pace of the game makes it quite challenging.


If two flies try to eat the same food, they will get into a cartoony "fist fight" -- essentially, they roll around in a ball of dust while you hear smacking sounds. Venus flytraps will eat bugs, and you can squash other bugs, like roaches or beetles, to turn them into food for the flies. Squashed bugs have a green mush squirt from their bodies.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network, which allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers.

Some safety concerns. If users opt in to OpenFeint they can choose to share their personal information with strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fly Control HD has a lowbrow, gross-out sense of humor (but less so than the old non-HD iPhone version of Fly Control, which featured some disgusting roadkill as a meal). You need to direct flies to their dinners, which are basically rotting food bits and trash. The artwork is all very cartoony, though, which cuts down on the ick-factor considerably. And the game itself is quite challenging, requiring a good deal of concentration and alertness. You do get to squish some bugs with your finger, though, which is still kind of yucky. Players can opt-in to Open Feint, which, since it has live unmoderated chat, we don't recommend for kids.

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Is it any good?


FLY CONTROL HD is a much better game than you probably think. Yes, it's got a nasty premise -- help flies eat rotten garbage -- but there's a good deal of strategy to the game, and it builds to such a fast chaotic pace that it practically becomes an action game. You can earn coins to buy power-ups and bonuses. And once you unlock them, you can actually even play as other insects, like butterflies. There's also a neat head-to-head mode that two people can play on the same iPad. And with the colorful, cartoony graphics, even the grossest bits of the game -- probably the bug-squashing -- doesn't really look too horrible.

App details

Pricing structure:Free
Release date:August 29, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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