Flying Bunny (PlayStation 4) Review

By Albert Lichi 23.12.2016 2

Review for Flying Bunny on PlayStation 4

Somebody finally did it: Zepetto made the world's first good Flappy Bird clone, and it isn't because of all the cute anime girls. Turns out all the formula needed was some imagination and some good old fashioned effort. Cubed3 is stunned into utter shock, as Flying Bunny shows that a tired formula can be fun.

It is no coincidence that Flying Bunny and Flappy Bird both share the same initials. This was likely intentional on Zepetto's part, since the developer saw no point in being coy about its inspiration. The Flappy formula is game design at its most basic and superficial, relying on the barest bones of Skinner Box blueprints: press the button and get a point. Flying Bunny sought to do something a bit more daring by incorporating some bullet-hell elements and various tweaks in the form of multiple power-ups and character selection. It can be kind of mind blowing that such a brain-dead concept could actually have some kind of depth and stimulation put into it, but Flying Bunny makes it all work!

Screenshot for Flying Bunny on PlayStation 4

Continuous play and reaching certain milestones unlocks various characters and starting power-ups. One of the best is the girl who has an innate magnetism for collecting the massive quantities of delicious treats that fill the screen. Like always in Flappy-style games, tapping a button gives a slight boost. What Flying Bunny does differently from the competition is add automatic firing, which is tied to a gauge that can be filled by eating food. When the gauge is full, the player character will automatically fire a constant stream of bullets, so the user can focus on manoeuvring around enemy turtles and stray bullets. Flying Bunny was even bold enough to have massive boss battles, where things get really hectic.

This game manages to be a simple yet easy to pick up and play game that is not afraid to get really intense and heat things up. Most bosses are basically giant cute blobs, sure... but they all have varying bullet patterns. The gradual powering up keeps the rising action engrossing, and the chance of losing it all upon death keeps tension high. The simplistic graphics that look like Flash animation may not seem like much, but they get the job done and keep things lively even when the screen is teeming with chaos.

Screenshot for Flying Bunny on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

7/10
Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Flying Bunny is a humble game with a modest price. Depending on if anyone wants a Flappy-style game, they likely won't do better than this. It manages to hit all the marks to excel in its genre, and even has a robust amount of content. Really, the only thing holding it back is the flat, cold and cheap looking Flash-style graphics. This is a fun mobile game, but it is stuck on a PlayStation 4.

Developer

Zepetto

Publisher

Zepetto

Genre

Action

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Comments

Anon (guest) 23.12.2016#1

This game is insanely difficult to the point where it's not even funny.

KB (guest) 26.12.2016#2

Not bad for this price

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