Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day; Eufloria HD

Today's Free App of the Day is Eufloria HD
Originally $4.99

Eufloria is a huge game in the iOS world and I'm glad to see this version as the FAOTD. It was runner-up in the Apple Game of the Year in 2012. Mind you, it's not going to be for everyone. In the early levels, especially, it's almost meditative. The game recommends wearing earphones and listen to the new age-y sound track. The goal is to colonize various asteroids by planting seedlings from your home colony.

 Eventually, you will have a level where there are enemies and you must plan how to deploy your seedlings to both fight the enemies and keep your colonies safe. The colonies that have seedlings planted on them generate more seedlings. There is a set of help screens, but it doesn't make much sense until you've played, and within the game, the same information is presented as you need it. A couple of reviews complain about the speed; starting in level 2, I think, you can speed the game up. 

The one one-star review is about the speed of gameplay. There are artifacts to collect, and achievements to earn. I do wish you could "play" the artifacts. The one I've recovered so far supposedly trasmits a meldoy made of seven musical notes at random intervals. I wish tapping on it would play the melody. And the achievements are mostly completing levels.

Colonies have a range that you can send seedlings within; as you colonize more asteroids, you can extend the range and can select an asteroid outside your colonies range as long as there is another colony between you and the target; the seedlings will travel to the intermediate colony first. There are different kinds of seedlings, as you play, you'll learn more about them. There is no "back" button on the level screens; you have to swipe out the sidebar menu and use the back button there. The game is playable only in landscape mode but will rotate 180 degrees and is playable in airplane mode. Beautiful, unusual, meditative game in the early stages. I consider it a must for your game collection.

9 of 12 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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