Bionfly

This is one of the games I may go as far as to call irrelevant. There’s nothing really wrong about Bionfly, as in, there are no game-breaking bugs and nothing particularly insensitive, it’s just that the game is absolutely uninteresting. In Bionfly, you play as a robot with an ability to lift himself into the air for a limited time, before he needs to get back on the ground to recharge. He needs to go to the exit in every level, picking up Onyxs (sic!) bars on the way. Although the bars are not required to go to the next level, it’s largely the only thing to do in the game, so it obviously becomes your main goal. The game is a really challenging one, but not interesting at all.

I guess it’s the issue with pacing, as well as camera placement, it often feels like the game is cheating, placing the spikes or obstacles just out of your view

Although I usually like challenging games but here the level design makes you frustrated from losing over and over, instead of getting excited. I guess it’s the issue with pacing, as well as camera placement, it often feels like the game is cheating, placing the spikes or obstacles just out of your view, until you fall right into them. As for the pacing, it’s far too slow for a game like this. Games that are relying on small but difficult levels should all look up to the popularity of Super MeatBoy, a game that didn’t do anything particularly new in terms of gameplay, but it cranked up the speed to eleven, resulting in an exciting and hard as steel level design. Here, it takes a couple of seconds just to transition from your death cinematic back to the start of the level, a time you spend, doing absolutely nothing. And yes, it’s an issue even if you don’t try to pick up any Onyxs on the way. Bionfly doesn’t have anything interesting in its graphics department, as well, trying to come off as an old, 8-bit style game, but in the end, simply looking cheap.

it doesn’t have a coherent melody and has a wonky rhythm, distracting from the game itself

As for the music, there’s an amusing little moment in one of the songs in the soundtrack, where a woman is suggesting to, quote: “Shut up and f*** me”, which some people may find disturbing, in case they want their child want to play Bionfly, so I suggest you to switch the music off, in this case. I would suggest doing so in any case, because frankly, the music isn’t that good. It’s not cheap or anything, but it doesn’t have a coherent melody and has a wonky rhythm, distracting from the game itself. I mean, I actually did turn it off, because it was getting on my nerves. That’s probably a perfect metaphor for the whole game. There’s nothing particularly wrong about it, but it’s just so incoherent without any particular reward for putting up with it. I can’t say that it’s the fault of some part of the game, or maybe, I simply don’t get the fun, but I simply didn’t have any playing it and I also never noticed anything particularly interesting about it to justify the irritation. It’s free so if you think you’re going to like it, there’s nothing stopping you from trying it for yourself, anyway.

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