Sir Benfro’s Brilliant Balloon

Sir Benfro’s Brilliant Balloon

An iOS game that’s a breath of fresh air

The eponymous naturalist, scientist and big-haired explorer Sir Benfro needs your help to travel around four new worlds using his brilliant balloon.

Pressing a finger anywhere on the screen causes his balloon to rise, while removing it will see it fall. Flying in sweeping curves makes it pick up speed while tapping the screen will slow it down. The balloon gets its soaring power from fireflies, so it’s crucial that you keep collecting these bugs during your travels. You must be careful not to lose any through colliding with any obstructions, or the many bizarre creatures inhabiting the game’s environments.

With simple one-finger controls and a quartet of levels to beat, don’t be fooled into thinking that Sir Benfro is a cakewalk. On the contrary, each stage is a lengthy and challenging gauntlet. Indeed, with no checkpoints, fireflies few in number and a single collision usually spelling the end of your journey, expect to have quite a few frustrating attempts before its addictive qualities start to take effect. As you gradually become more familiar with the stages and enemy positions you find yourself edging that little bit further with each try, and it’s this that hooks you in and keeps you playing.

Rated 4 out of 5

With its charming visuals and novel controls, Sir Benfro takes you on a whimsical journey.


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