After a long production of the game, One man has created a game from the ground up called Flutter Bombs. From the studio Earthborn Interactive, Flutter Bombs has been finally released for Xbox One.
The game is based around a twin-stick shooter in which you control Wingsets, to kill other insects and creatures by shooting bombs and bullets at them. Gaining power-ups and progressing through levels to reach the boss and conquer the land, while setting a high score to rival other players.
When you start on Mission or Level 1, you are given a brief tutorial or how the game and mechanics work. You control a butterfly but they are also called Wingsets. Essentially your Wingset has two main ways of shooting. Your main firing weapon controlled by RB button can be continuously shot and your bomb special can be deployed pressing the LT button on your controller. These however also need a fuel source to carry on being fired to inflict and destroy the other enemy insects. For this, there are yellow orbs dotted around each map called Nectar. This replenishes your firepower enabling you to carry on killing other insects.
Now each Wingset you unlock, you have different abilities or bomb projectiles that inflict damage differently. The Opi starting wingset only deploys a singular bomb projectile to inflict damage on the other insects, whereas the Tomahawk launches double bomb projectiles but have a chance to miss the target.
As you progress through each level and defeat each boss, the more Wingsets you will unlock and find out what abilities they have. Some are better than others but I am sure you will find that out yourself.
There are 10 levels in total, each uniquely different than the previous one but with the same layout. The only significant change in them is the graphical change of scenery.
Each Level is unlocked by doing certain things on each map to bring out the boss of that level. Succeed in killing the boss (which by the way can be difficult) will end the round and open up the next Level.
Each Level is beautifully designed with its vibrant colour pallet that really shines through on a 4k TV (which I was playing on.) Colour explodes in front of you when you kill other insects and pick up you boost drops from flowers around the levels. This is something I find visually stunning and makes me enjoy the game even more.
The sound design reflects brilliantly in the game. From the smallest of sounds from exploding enemy insects to picking up power-ups from flowers. The adrenaline rush you get as the music gets more intense the more you progress through the level up until you come up against the boss of that level.
Even though there are some bugs in the game at the moment like most games, Flutter Bombs is a fun and exciting game that is easy to pick up and play. I do think the replayability of this game may struggle because at the moment even after completing the game there is not a lot to do except to try and set high scores or join up in 4 player co-op to fight through the levels.
- Easy to pick up and play
- Family friendly game
- Bright and explosive colours
- All levels are similar
- Lacks replay-ability
- A few in game bugs need squashing
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