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The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire

The Hunger Games: Girl on Fire

Platform: iPhone/iPod
Category: Action Games, Platformer

The Hunger Games is quite popular lately, so it seems like a great time to review the new iOS game, Hunger Games: Girl on Fire. First it was a book, then it was a movie, and now it's what the publisher is calling a "teaser game." Published by Lions Gate Films, Inc. and developed by the creator of Canabalt, it's a simple game with lots of polish. The character runs forward constantly, and you swipe to jump and tap to shoot!

It's no surprise that there's a game now that The Hunger Games has become such a phenomenon. It started as a trilogy of teen novels that I thoroughly enjoyed. I don't want to give too much away, but they're about the Hunger Games - an event in which the government puts a group of kids into an arena, forcing them to fight to the death. More abstractly, the books are about social status, class wars, government's role, control, independence, manipulation, and love. As movies usually do, The Hunger Games movie lost some of the character development of the novel and focussed on visual action scenes. The film also shows many great scenes not seen in the book and does a terrific job. How does the game hold up to the novels and film? Excellently.


Hunger Games: Girl on Fire features great pixel art. It has detailed environments, cute sprites, and parallax scrolling backgrounds. Outside of the levels, there are small cutscenes. If you like this type of art, you'll love these cutscenes. They're gorgeous!


It's a simple game without a lot of different sounds. There's a jump sound and a bow sound of course, along with action-packed music. It's a short game, so the audio doesn't get old.


You control Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 of Panem. She's the main character of the books and film as well. In the book and movie, she's selected as a tribute by Panem's Capitol to compete in the Hunger Games, a bloody arena battle used as entertainment, intimidation, and punishment for a past uprising.

In the game, she's hunting in the off-limits forest outside of District 12. When she runs into wasp-like creatures called tracker jackers, she takes off for safety! During gameplay, she's constantly running forward. You can tap to shoot an arrow in that direction, killing tracker jackers to increase points and stay alive. There are two elevations on which Katniss can run; swiping up or down causes her to switch to avoid tracker jackers.

At first, I thought Girl on Fire was a "high score game" with no end. No, I was just bad at first. There is an end to the game. When you get hit once by the tracker jackers, Katniss will get begin to hallucinate. Getting hit again while still recovering causes you to die. Luckily it's one simple to tap to start playing again. That's good, because downtime is sadtime in my opinion! If you go long enough without dying, you'll reach the second level. I won't give it away, but it is the final level and incorporates a sort of boss fight. Finish that level to see the end of the game.


Whether you like the book and movie or not, the game is still enjoyable. It's very simple and short; you can beat it in 10 minutes if you're good. However, it might, and probably will, take much longer than that due to the difficulty. It has great graphics, exciting music, and simple yet captivating mechanics. It's a formula for success! Hunger Games: Girl on Fire is available for free from the Apple App Store!


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