By Dain Schroeder on Sat, 05/08/2010
In today's App Store, it's easy to find a plethora of games featuring zombies; just as it's easy to find fart apps, overpriced flashlights, and a myriad of other uninspired creations. However, this is only one side of the story - there are also many wonderful apps to be found hidden among the rubbish. Today I'll be touching briefly on "Fly Kiwi, Fly!," which is one of the most enjoyable games I've played on the iPhone platform.
The premise of the game is pretty simple; you play as a flightless bird named Kiwi. One day when watching television with Grandpappy, Kiwi saw footage of a space shuttle launch at NASA. Kiwi was smitten with the space shuttle at first sight, and immediately embarked on an epic quest to reach the shuttle and experience true love. As the player, your mission is to guide Kiwi across the world to reach the shuttle in time.
Gameplay is both challenging and simple at the same time. At the beginning of each flight, Kiwi starts atop a giant cliff. After a brief pause (to allow the player to prepare), Kiwi starts running full-speed toward the edge of the cliff. As the player, you'll then tilt the iPhone to assist Kiwi in gliding as far as possible. The further you get, the more money you'll earn, which is where things really get interesting. Using your newly gained fabulous wealth, you can acquire upgrades for Kiwi. These upgrades range from special new gliders (to increase your gliding distance) to increased cliff height to a cannon to fire yourself out of.
The gameplay in itself is extremely addicting, but it's the presentation of Fly Kiwi, Fly! that makes the game really stand out. The intro cinematic is both funny and oddly moving; the animation is superb (and exaggerated in a comedic way); even the music is exceptional (although after extended play it can become slightly irritating).
For the low price of 99 cents, it's extremely easy to recommend Fly Kiwi, Fly! to anyone looking for a fun and unique iPhone gaming experience. It may not have zombies or farts, and it may not serve as a mediocre flashlight, but it is truly delightful in every other conceivable way.