Welcome to the butterfly corral.
Growing up, we didn't have much interest in catching butterflies. Pretty to look at, sure, but putting them in jars? Not our cup of tea, so you'll need to excuse us for thinking that the iPad exclusive Colorflys is kind of blah. Attractive? Absolutely. A bit monotonous? Most definitely.
The game challenges you to capture similarly colored butterflies by encircling them with your finger, which makes them disappear. You'll do this throughout the App's 60 stages, and while the objectives occasionally change, the primary goal remains the same: capture two blue, three red, five yellow and so on and so forth. What's more, you only get five strikes per level, and the developer penalizes you for accidentally trapping a red with a blue, or failing to complete the circle (oval, square...whatever you draw).
It's a cool idea, and as we said, the designer mixes things up with sub missions that task you with pinching butterflies together to make new colors or dragging an orb to a white butterfly to change its hue. You'll even unlock Achievements along the way.
That said, we grew tired of this after a handful of stages. It doesn't take long for multiple butterflies to crowd the screen, and while tapping them makes the insects fly away, they often travel in the wrong direction. After a while, part of the game devolves into a frantic mess of tapping. It gets old.
We also wish there was some tactile feedback, a pop or splash of color to signify butterflies were caught, instead of simply vanishing.
On the positive side, Colorflys looks attractive, with three beautiful backgrounds, and it's great to see Game Center, plus Facebook/Twitter support. You certainly get a lot for $1.99.
With this in mind, Colorflys comes somewhat recommended. Just don't expect a ton of variety.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
What's Hot: Gorgeous backgrounds, achievements, Facebook/Twitter integration.
What's Not: Repeatedly tapping butterflies, no tactile feedback.