Burn it All – Journey to the Sun in Review – Fire, walk with me!

Despite all my parents’ warnings, I’ve always loved playing with fire. The way the flames dance fascinates me and burning stuff is always fun. Verrry fun. And thanks to BulkyPix I can now do so on-the-go on my iPhone with Burn it All – Journey to the Sun – one of the most recent and highly acclaimed additions to the casual puzzle genre on the App Store.

Burn it All is an original casual puzzler, quite difficult to place in terms of a specific genre. It is a tale of passion, tragedy, comedy, love and war… NOT! Actually there isn’t any clear storyline presented as in many similar games, but the idea seems to be the following: three little Flames are trying to reach the Sun.

I know, the story doesn’t give you the remotest idea of what the game is actually about, so here’s the gist of it: you have to use your little flaming protagonists to burn everything there is to burn on the level in the least amount of time possible. Based on your performance you may be awarded with up to 3 crystals that, though not serving any practical purpose, give you an idea of how well you did and offer a reason to go back and retry some levels.

The basic mechanic is simple – you move your flame to light fuses of different types (and later – other objects and even bats). But as you advance the task gets progressively harder to achieve in the time allotted, especially if you want to get more than 1 crystal. Timing becomes crucial as fuses diverge into quick, medium and slow burning and vents and water gets introduced. And the different types of flames available (quick lights only fuse ends, slower lights any part of the scenery, and slowest burns through everything in it’s path) strive to offer variety as well. Still the game feels a little slow and simplistic for quite a large chunk, as the quickest way to get the job done is more obvious than not and the trick is only in the speed and accuracy of your finger.

That all gets thrown upside down, however, once the time loop concept is introduced. It’s kind of difficult to put in words but the idea is simple – you play the level over again with a second flame, seeing your actions from the original playthrough in parallel. This concept finally offers room for strategic thinking and truly gives new life to the game, making it far more interesting than all the previous levels put together.

Visually the developers decided to go for the cartoony-styled graphics and offer a delightful picture to look at. With full support for Retina quality graphics, Burn it All will have things ablaze on your iOS device look almost lifelike. Burn it All is also a universal application, which is always a plus in my book. The only thing left missing is the ability to sync your savegames and I would definitely call the game technically perfect.

Thanks to a creative and original concept Burn it All does well to stand out of the crowd of more than 250,000 App Store applications. While the game does start out a bit slow in terms of truly challenging gameplay, it gains its second, third and fourth winds once the time loop mechanic gets introduced. Burn it All certainly earns a firm spot right up there with some of the best casual puzzle games on the iOS platform.

With this I declare Burn it All – Journey to the Sun in Review officially touched!

Grab It Rating - 4/5

App Summary
Title: Burn it All – Journey to the Sun Developer: Bulkypix
Reviewed Ver: 1.1 Min OS Req: 4.2
Price: $0.99 App Size: 57.14MB
  • Creative concept
  • Addictive gameplay
  • The Time loop mechanic brings new life to the game
  • Universal application
  • No save-game syncing
  • A little boring for the first hlaf of the game


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