Capcom has been a big contributor to the App Store. So when they announced a new smartphone-focused publishing arm last month, I was looking forward to seeing what they'd come up with. Beeline Interactive has now released its first two games: Who's That Flying!? [99¢], which we enjoyed, and Glo Flo [99¢ / ], a casual puzzle game created by Gametantra.
Glo Flo is a simple little game. The only goal is to connect matching glowing bugs on a grid by drawing lines. The lines can never cross, and there are often several groups of bugs to match. It's a nice mechanic, one we've seen as a mini-game or the foundation of other puzzle games. It's probably best suited to those roles, because once you've got the hang of Glo Flow, there isn't much challenge. What works when you're connecting two pairs of two bugs still works when you're connecting three triads. Though things get more complex as you move through the game, nothing ever gets terribly hard.
If you're into it, though, there are 60 levels to play and Game Center achievements to mark your progress through them. If you get stuck, Glo Flo offers a hint system that will show you how to connect one of the level's pairs. Playing through the Puzzle mode also unlocks different backgrounds for Time Attack mode.
Time Attack mode is the one area where Glo Flo shines. It gives you 100 seconds to get through as many screens as you can. It also twists the game's formula - the longer the path you make, the more points you earn. To compete on the leaderboards, you'll need to try to hit every point on the grid every time, because doing so gives you bonus points and an extra 10 seconds on the clock. It's a frantic game mode that's surprisingly fun.
All in all, though, Glo Flo is a bit too casual for its own good. If you like puzzle games but generally find them frustrating, this could be a great little time waster. But if you're looking for a mind-bending challenge, you probably won't find one here.