Non Flying Soldiers is an obstacle course game released by Chillingo Ltd.
“Let loose the…budgies of war? Take your squad of super squawking soldiers to the limit. Featuring a unique blend of humor, puzzling gameplay, and action, Non Flying Soldiers hits the target in every way possible. “
Non Flying Soldiers give you command of several budgies who need to complete a series of obstacle courses, all filled with a number of deadly traps and obstacles.
You have no direct control over the squad of budgies, your control comes from the items that you can place along the course in order to direct the budgies or make them leap, run or block their progress.
This does have the feeling of a top down lemmings game.
The game offers a campaign that is split into 3 campaigns. Each campaign has 15 levels, for a total of 45 levels at release. The levels are fairly short and most of the time taken on a level will be the setting up of the items.
The levels are presented as two boxes with a course between them. The budgies are locked in the start box until you unleash them. They need to get to the finishing box without dying on the way.
Dangers such as spiked pits, electric fences, rings of fire and oily ground, as well as other are between you and your goal. There are three medals to collect in each level, and you may need to jump through a ring of fire to get some of them.
The developers have also placed a few coins in the game, that will allow you to play a basic “Space Harrier” style game. This is a nice addition, but the game is very basic and I got to level 23 on my first play and found it a little dull.
The game is control by dragging items into the play area. I found it strange that rotation was not done by two fingers, but rather the outer ring around the item. Maybe this is in readiness for a desktop release at a future date.
The graphics and sound are both good. The budgies are cute enough.
On the upside:
- Puzzles are generally very well designed.
- Interesting WW2 styling.
On the downside:
- Lacks a little in the engagement.
- Loading times are long, and often annoying skippable movies are added, but if you skip you end up looking at a loading screen anyway.
Overall, this is an enjoyable game for those who like a more strategic style of lemming style games. The top down view does not always help with the planning as lots of scrolling is required to look at the whole level. This application was not really my cup of tea, but I know others who will like it.
Size: 128 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69