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Review: Life of Fly 2

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Human beings are considered the most intelligent beings on Earth. We have built vast homes for ourselves, communicate with one another, and openly express our emotions. But are we the only creatures that do this? Do you ever look at the surrounding creatures and think “what are they thinking, or how does the world look to them?” Life of Fly 2 does just that with its observation focussed narrative.

Developed and published by EpiXR Games, this is the sequel to Life of Fly. I reviewed it in January 2021 and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved its dry narrative and observational dialogue. When I was offered the sequel I jumped at the chance.

The thoughts of a fly.

Life of Fly 2 is mellow, touching, and lacks complexity.

Life of Fly 2 is a delightful break from the norm. The world of fast-paced shooters and sports titles is a million miles from what you experience here! This mellow and slow-paced narrative-driven title allows you to absorb the story while exploring familiar landscapes.

The gameplay revolves around the observations and life experiences of one fly. His stories have a range of subjects, some are funny and poke fun at errors made by humans. Some are touching, sombre tales that describe naivety and loss. You play through thirteen chapters that flow into one another. You revel in the delight of each fly’s discoveries and it’s a genuine pleasurable time listening to each tale.

The game, however, lacks complexity, though this isn’t a complaint. You fly around each stage looking for a glowing orb. As you collect each one, a segment of the story plays. In the right corner, you see a counter that highlights the number of orbs to collect. Once they are all gathered, you will hear the complete story. It was a wonderful way to make you explore your surrounding, but this approach was also problematic.

Wooden delivery and drawn-out narrative. 

I loved exploring each chapter. Getting to see each commonplace from a fly’s-eye perspective was an intriguing experience. But the time to travel to each orb makes the dialogue stutter, which affects the flow. The pause between each point makes the stories appear disjointed and confusing, and I’d preferred a continual flow with orbs placed closer together.

The break-in narrative had a weird side effect as it impacted the delivery of each line. Sometimes heartfelt lines were devoid of emotion and almost wooden in their approach. This was a real shame and was a step back from Life of Fly, where the delivery was more consistent.

Explore everyday locations.

The chilled approach may be a turnoff for some. 

With a lack of objectives and repetitive gameplay, this voyeuristic game won’t be for everyone. I loved its amusing observations and wasn’t put off by the slow pace. I would have liked some tasks that gave depth to each character, however.

Exploration was a key mechanic, so some hidden collectables relevant to each stage would have added an interesting layer. If you could fly faster during this free play section, this would have added a new dynamic to the gameplay that would have been a welcome addition.

Life of Fly 2 looks great from its fly’s-eye perspective.

The larger-than-life imagery and the fly’s-eye perspective work wonders to sell the games main concept. Each chapter portrays everyday situations in a larger, more dominating fashion. The lighting is sharper and more vivid, making brighter spaces harder to navigate. The blurry view from the fly’s many eyes reduces detail and gives the game a dated look. I enjoyed flying past the OTT objects as a golden glowing insect, the overbearing furniture emphasised the tiny statue of the flying protagonist. You knew what to expect from each scenario. But I was amazed by the variety and level of detail in each stage.

The audio was also great with a well thought out calm soundtrack. The serene music matched the laid back atmosphere and allowed the dialogue to take centre stage. The amusing and touching audio was delivered to a high standard and was only held back by the aforementioned issues. The protagonist flaps around silently. And that was the right choice. The gaps in dialogue are nicely filled with mellow music. When a game focuses on its story and relaxed pace, you need the audio to reflect this. Life of Fly 2 gets the balance just right.

Focus on the white orbs.

Its simplicity affects the replay value.

Life of Fly 2 is such an easy game to play that no tutorial is necessary. Each chapter starts and you flap to each orb using the analogue stick. This is the extent of its control system, making it a piece of cake to pick up and play. Other than inverting the axis and setting the sensitivity you have nothing to worry about.

Sadly, the replay value is impacted because of a lack of collectables and each short stage. The thirteen chapters can be completed in a few hours, and once they are finished, there is little reason to return. The small achievement list is unlocked through natural progression and offers little challenge. Luckily, the dialogue is well written making the first playthrough worthwhile.

Life of Fly 2: a wonderful tale worth experiencing.

You may not want to put down your fast-paced games, but Life Of Fly 2 is worth the sacrifice. With its wonderful stories, excellent environments, and touching audio, this is a relaxing game worthy of your time. I enjoyed it and recommend you to buy it here! Look at the world through the eyes of a fly. Listen to their stories and laugh at their observations. Who’d have thought a fly could be so interesting? 

SUMMARY

Life of Fly 2 is a nice slow-paced exploration game that focuses on narration. Look at the world through the eyes of a fly, listen to their stories and laugh at their observations.

+ Nice OTT imagery.
+ Relaxing audio.
+ Simple controls.
+ Great dialogue.
+ Relaxing gameplay.
- No replay value.
- The time between lines ruins the flow.
- Dialogue appears wooden.

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on PC and Nintendo Switch.)
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: [email protected]

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