Sir Benfro's Brilliant Balloon
Meet Sir Benfro (above). He's an adventurous chap with a magic, glowing balloon. Float with him through forests, over oceans, and down into the bowels of the earth, but beware the bizarre and wondrous creatures that inhabit Sir Benfro's world...
Yes, Sir Benfro is the star of a new illustrated iPhone (and iPad) game app (main menu screen, shown above). He is, says the game's maker Tim Fishlock, "a naturalist, scientist and explorer. Sir Benfro has made some of the most important discoveries of his generation. Without him we would have no idea that instead of laying eggs, the female Stingomp knits her offspring from the laces of old pairs of sneakers."
Fishlock, who created the original artwork for the game, collaborated with Giles Hammond on the project who brought Sir Benfro's world to life.
The idea of the game is very simple - keep Sir Benfro afloat for as long as possible, collecting magical fireflies (called Light Emitting Daves) which power the balloon. As well as playing the game, players can use the Spotter's Guide to take a closer look at and learn about some of the strange beasts that share Sir Benfro's world (and obstruct his path), such as the Timorous Fizzle:
Here's a short trailer for the game:
Sir Benfro's Brilliant Balloon launched today and is now available from iTunes' App Store for priced at £0.69 in the UK and $0.99 in the US.
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looks like fun!
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