Runaway’s Flutter Takes Flight on Facebook – A Frisky Hands-On

Wed, Aug 4, 2010

Facebook, Social, Videos

Back in April, we introduced you to a then-unreleased Facebook game called Flutter. If you’ve been looking forward to seeing what this game can provide, you’ll be happy to know that the final product has now launched on Facebook. The game can be compared to something like thatgamecompany’s Flower on the PS3, only instead of navigating the environment as a gust of wind (or petal, if you like), you’re controlling a butterfly, with three available options to start.

The game asks you to travel around the rainforest (unlocking new areas as you level up), pollinating flowers. You’ll be able to do so by clicking on the flowers that you see, which “blooms” them, and adds a specific amount of Honeydew to your stash. On your journey, you’ll also collect items like fungi and flies, which serve their own purpose later on in the game (fungi can be fed to beetles, while flies are fed to tree frogs, in those particular examples).

In addition to this, you’ll have a Home area that serves multiple purposes. First and foremost, it can simply be decorated, with foliage (groups of leaves, for instance) or flowers, with multiple colors and varieties of flowers to choose from, even at the game’s start. You’ll also be able to grow more butterflies in your home base, by placing caterpillars in the space, purchasing food for them, and waiting for them to grow and transform.

To offer some flow to the game, quests are available from the start of the game (find a floating Sprite and you’ll find a new quest – the sprites look like colorful ghosts) that give you an overall goal – whether that goal be to find and unlock or otherwise gain access to a new area of the rainforest, or complete a specific task in your Home forest area, with all manner of quests in between.

While the gameplay here is vastly different from your average Facebook game, it isn’t without its social features, as your Home forest contains certain flowers that grow as your friends take care of their own groves, as one example. Flutter also contains a friend bar along the bottom of the screen that tracks your level progress as related to all of your friends who play the game, along with the ability to drop gifts into your friends’ groves.

The game’s graphics alone seem to make Flutter worth at least a look. If you’d like to take flight in the game, head over to the game’s page on Facebook. Before you go, check out our Frisky Hands-On video of the game to see exactly what to expect should you install the game.

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