When you are a monkey depending on the durability of your leafy wings and the good graces of the wind to help you soar through the sky, much skill is needed to complete the task at hand, especially when your goal is to collect as many wind clouds as possible. With MiniMonos Flight by A Little BC, users put take on the role of the monkey, developing skills and techniques that will help them gather those elusive clouds.
To begin, simply tap the main screen and you will be taken to the interim screen that explains the controls, such as pushing the up button helps you flap your wings, while tilting left or right helps you snatch up as many clouds as you can, but avoiding the gray pollution clouds that will ultimately have you tumbling back to Earth.
However, these instructions make the game sound easier than it is. You see, when working with such a small device, it isn’t always easy to be precise, making skill games a bit more difficult to maneuver. To start flying, you must tap the ‘Up’ button in the bottom right corner. Using the ‘Up’ button uses a good amount of your energy, hence why you are advised to tilt left and right as much as possible, but the status bar at the top of the screen will keep you updated on how much energy remains. Yet, once you take off, staying in the air remains an issue.
Upon take-off, there is the chance you will grab one or two clouds until you begin your imminent decent to the dreaded ground. Remaining in the air is a task all on its own, however. Tapping the ‘Up’ button once you begin to fall does not seem to help, only on initial take off does it actually make your monkey fly upward. Instead, to launch yourself back into the air, you must land on one of the many trampolines on the ground. Perfecting an accurate landing so you get the best bounce takes much practice, for landing on the ground will quickly zap your energy and end the game. Perhaps I lack the necessary skill to master such a game, but I can’t help but think the controls should be a tad bit easier to manage.
MiniMonos Flight claims to offer fun and addictive game play, which is accurate to an extent. The game can be fun when you manage to get just a bit further than your last attempt, and the addiction truly sets in when you become determined to figure out the secret to succeeding. But sometimes the game can also be quite infuriating and discouraging, though evoking so many different emotions could also be considered exciting as it is quite and up and down adventure as well.
MiniMonos Flight [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.