Shiny the Firefly is a challenging platform adventure game. Journey through a mysterious garden as Shiny, a brave firefly on a quest to find his children, lost in a terrible accident. Master trials,solve puzzles and use your stealth to guide your children to safety.
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Mixed (70 reviews) - 57% of the 70 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 16, 2014

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“Shiny The Firefly is a diamond, a small collector's piece”
9.5/10 – iOS Gamers Zone

“The game is excellent, well-thought and with an addictive gameplay. [...] One of the best games we've tried out recently.”
5/5 – Apps Zoom

“This game is excellent.”
4.5/5 – Apps Looking

About This Game

Shiny the Firefly is a challenging platformer, set in an atmospheric , delightful environment . Control Shiny, a brave firefly, on a quest to find his children who have been scattered all over the mysterious garden, following a terrible accident. Master tricky trials and solve demanding puzzles on this odyssey. You’ll need stealth to protect your children from deadly dangers and to fend off nasty enemies. As well as big boss fights, you’ll encounter many dangerous garden dwellers, such as the stubborn mosquitoes, hungry toads, mischievous plants, sneaky wasps and endlessly long centipedes.
This colourful, gorgeous world is a feast for the eye. Thanks to the great animation you’ll know how Shiny’s feeling at every twist and turn- if he is happy, frightened, tired or angry. This will help you to solve even the toughest of challenges. Remember to use Shiny's glow skilfully; only when he is lit up can his children will follow him, but beware, for this makes him easier prey for his enemies…
Direct gamepad controls, Steam Achievements and Trading Cards top off the whole thing - resulting in a great overall package. Can you reunite Shiny with his family?

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Snow Leopard (Mac OSX 10.6) or later
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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42 of 49 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
This game has been designed for tablets and no for computers. The gameplay isn't great when you have to play with a keyboard and a mouse or even with a pad.
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34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
This is a fun and addictive little platformer. The graphics are charming and cute, although I wouldn't say it's as good as Pixar (don't know what crack pipe that guy was smoking who said that.)

You play as a firefly (duh) who flys around collecting his babies throughout the level and the objective is to get them to the ending unharmed. In order to complete each stage you don't have to save them all, just as many as each stage says you have to, but if you want to earn a medal then you have to save them all (earning medals unlocks achievements.)

There are three medals in each stage. Earn one for collecting all the coins in each stage, another for saving all the firefly babies and another for completing each stage in a set amount of time. If you want this game to be challenging then you're going to want to collect the medals. Otherwise you'll breeze through this game (maybe not if you're a young kid or you just really suck at these type of games.) It's pretty short with only three worlds with 10 levels and a boss battle in each. I'm already at world 2-4 and that's with going back to collect all the medals. If I didn't care about that I'd probably already be near the end.

But I like I said: Fun. Addictive. Cute.

And it's for all ages!
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015
Ugh. This game is a "toilet game". The kind of game you play while on the toilet. It is clearly a bad port of a tablet/phone app and wasn't optimized at all for PC. The input tab on the start "screen" claims to have WASD support but trying to press WASD in the game does nothing (arrow keys too). You have to click to tell where you want the character to go. I'd be okay with it if it was click-and-hold to move the character. But this game requires a click for every little bit. According to Steam, I've only played for five minutes. I'm tolerant of most control schemes as long as I can use the keyboard, but the control scheme is clearly not PC-oriented and the keyboard controls are not functional at all. Don't waste your time or money - there are better games out there.
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37 of 58 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
Shiny the Firefly is not a bad game, but its really really hard for me to recommend PC ports of mobile games unless they are properly optimized, and this is not one of those games.
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
Shining a bit dull
Rating: Ok

Mobile originated game where you have to rescue your fireflybaby's while navigating through a maze. Moderate graphics in a colourful world with decent music. Nothing special. Casual as hell but can be fun if you are in the mood. Not bad, not good.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 1, 2015
Don't get me wrong, I love the game for its content. The graphics are cute and fun and it's an interestingly-executed platformer. That being said, I can't recommend this game because the controls feel like murder, especially when you're trapped clicking all over with a mouse. While I haven't tried it with a controller, it'd be so much better if the developer could implement WASD/arrow key controls.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
My 4,5-year son loves this game. First world is ok for him, second is a bit too hard for now.

It plays ok with a gamepad for both of us (though maybe touch would be better, as many other said before).

Bought it on sale, it's totally worth the money for me. I do recommend it for small kids.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
Not bad. Clearly a mobile/touchscreen game, and controls on keyboard and mouse suck. Using a controller works, although things like clicking on hint flowers and using the flower to finish the level don't work with it, so you still have to use mouse there, which is a clear mistake, but not a big one. The controller works quite well, except for landing, which is finnicky and unnecessarily hard to do. There is really no story. The levels start to seem somewhat repetitive, as in every single one you rescue fireflies and have to have them follow you to the end. A few different enemies come on every 5-10 levels or so, but that's about it, as you don't get any new powers or abilities. You just dodge, throw the same seeds, and knock rocks on to block water. There are some boss fights which are welcome and change things up, but that's about it. The game is pretty short too. It wasn't a bad platformer-esque game, but leaves no lasting impression. 7/10.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
Good and interesting game, but only for smartphones and tablets, definitely not for PC. To control you need only mouse, but must click every time where I need to go, not just one click and follow. Tables at the beginning tell "Touch screen to move" - seriously, developers just couldn`t remove phrases like this one. So developers were too lazy to make normal port. Gameplay: find other fireflies and escort them to safety. Beautiful graphics (for tablet).
As for smartphone or tablet game - 8/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2015
Got it in a bundle and decided to give it a try. Turns out this is pretty decent little platformer, although I understand the remarks that it can feel like a poorly executed port. If you have a gamepad, the controls are fine though, and while the game isn't extremely challenging, I personally think it's perfect for some casual gaming to unwind after a busy day. Get it on sale!
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3.9 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: August 2
Best game of 2026. Running amazingly with 4k graphics, featuring highly detailed character customisation and great terrain generation. The game's gameplay is awesome, gave me the best 4.3 hours of my life.

Before I bought this game, I was a loser. Now I have experienced real gaming.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: June 22
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3.2 hrs
Posted: February 5
just no....shity mobile game port
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Night Man Cometh
2.1 hrs
Posted: January 25
The game is probably one of the best tablet-to-steam ports I've played thus far (admittedly every other one I've ever played has been infuriatingly bad and/or broken, so the bar is incredibly low)
And no it's not a clean port - most of the hints are for a touch screen device and have not been edited out.
With a keyboard i was flying blind, but fortunately I had my trusty 360 controller plugged in and i was able to (hit everything until something worked) figure out the controls and I was seemingly able to perform every task necessary to completing levels.

At first I was really pleased. It started off very simple, and which made me think, "wow, this would be a great game to keep kids busy on a low spec laptop or something."

It was cute, simple, and a decent way to waste time. Went to prepare a review for my YouTube channel to recommend this as a free to play game for folks with kids. That's when reality hit.

This wasn't a free game. THIS GAME IS 10 ♥♥♥♥ING DOLLARS. 10 ♥♥♥♥ING DOLLARS. one more time in case you missed something. This game cost 10 ♥♥♥♥ING DOLLARS. Are you serious?

I thought god this can't be right. There's no way it cost that much on ios. $1.99 ios.......really.....♥♥♥♥ing really? So no. no. Not for $9.99. never ever ever for that price. and honestly, not even for $1.99. I'm not interested and could not ever recommend this game to anyone.

TL;DR For more than one american dollar, this game is over priced (in my personal opinion). Apparently, i received this game in a hot random key bundle some time back for pocket change, downloaded it for a rainy day, forgot about it until recently, and didn't realize the full retail price was as absurd as it was.

If this were free. Thumbs up. At current retail price. nah.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: January 13
Horrible horrible horrible port for PC. The mouse movement is very sluggish, the game often confuses the player and does something else.. Just avoid this poor thing of a game..
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4.4 hrs
Posted: December 13, 2015
very bad controll
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3.3 hrs
Posted: August 30, 2015
Enjoyable at first but the never-ending short music loop is really killing it for me. I would have liked it better if there were more music options. Gameplay is simple and fun but not enough to make me keep in my PC.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: August 13, 2015
It's a puzzle game with timing. Though I'm not sure whether puzzle is the right term. I didn't like the controls myself but for in as far as it being a game, yeah it's a game. If you like simple games you should totally get it.
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