Fireflies!: Light Up Your Arcade Life

Price: $0.99

Fireflies!: iPhone App Written Review

Fireflies for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at The iPhone App Review, there’s hardly anything we like more than a good old arcade game for the iPhone. We’d seriously do just about anything to find a new and inventive title, which is why we’re going to save you the trouble of scaling mountains to ask elderly gurus for a suggestion: Instead, just give the dollar wonder that is Fireflies! by developer So Much Drama Studios a go! The app offers a unique game mechanic, a lot of fun, and more than enough lights to brighten up your day. For our full review, just check below beyond the break.

Concept and Gameplay

The idea behind Fireflies! is pretty simple to learn, but it will still take you quite a bit of time to master. Essentially, you tap the screen to unleash a single bright light. As the fireflies on the screen hit your own luminescence, they burst and leave behind their own orb. This sets off a chain reaction, as other bugs hit the light, bursting into their own mini suns. You keep up in this fashion until you have cleared the field of all insects, or just the set amount specified.

That’s the basics, but the game also comes with several different modes: There’s a story mode which offers you 60 levels of child-driven plot to work through. There’s also an arcade mode that limits the number of times that you can touch the screen. We liked this one a lot. And lastly, you’ll get a zen mode, where there’s no pressure at all to do anything—just sit back and enjoy the lights! This makes the app both a good boil for a morning commute, as well as a calm relaxer for when you’re off work. And that, to us, is a solid winner all the way around!

Graphics  and Controls

Fireflies for iPhone

Fireflies for iPhone

We have to admit, Fireflies! looks pretty great on our iPad, too. The controls are so simple that a child could play it, but yet the gameplay interesting enough to keep us engaged. We found ourselves wishing for a bit more innovation in gameplay (perhaps some powerups) but then again, as each firefly has its own magical property that must be discovered, we figure there’s enough gameplay to hold any arcade lover over for a while. And aside from that small complaint, Fireflies! is a very obviously well engineered package!

Overall Value

Don’t like to spend money? Good, because Fireflies! doesn’t want to unload your wallet. The app will only cost you a dollar. For a fourth the price of an average Starbucks latte, you too can enjoy all the lit-up fun that the app has to offer. If you’re a fan of iOS arcade games, and just want something new to enjoy, we highly suggest you give this one a go. It earns a good rating from us, as well as our recommendation.

FirefliesFireflies! requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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