Shoot your way through intense levels with a swiftly increasing difficulty, in a world completely built with handcrafted models. Invest your score in upgrades, or save it to gain interest with the risk of losing it all. Use your greed wisely to beat your friends and climb up the score table.
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Release Date: Nov 18, 2014

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Every now and then, pilots from all over the world join to challenge each other in a big competition. They take turns finishing a dangerous track filled with foes, hoping to dominate the score table.

Your team is making the final preparations. The band are setting up to perform. And your ship - ”The Blue Flamingo” stands ready and waiting in the hangar...


The Blue Flamingo is a straight forward, bite size, Shoot em up game created entirely using handmade models. A 32 feet long handcrafted model was built specially for the game, along with countless props and assets that were filmed and photographed. All the effects, rocket flares and explosions were created using firecrackers and other pyrotechnics.

Like every other Shmup, this is a game that challenges you to reach the highest possible score. This is made interesting by an economical system that allows you to invest your score in upgrades, which makes earning more score points easier. On the other end, you are rewarded with interest on what is left of your score when you progress to the next level. You have to make a choice - to upgrade and try to regain the score, or rely on your skills to beat the increasingly difficult levels.

Use your greed wisely to beat your friends and climb up the score table.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatibility
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series, ATI Radeon HD2xxx
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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nassi
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Nice aesthetic, dull gameplay. You can get the whole experience just by looking at the screenshots.
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TFWMN
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Nice graphics before the actual game starts. It´s a shame you cannot zoom the perspective. There is no check points and I couldn´t find how to repair the ship yet. I´ll update if I find a way how to the next time I play this.
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Aoi
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
The grapical gimmick is all this game has to offer.

Yes, all the models and background are unique and a fun idea. The actual gameplay is horrible. For starters, you can pass many of the first levels by remaining in the bottom corner of the screen (without touching the joystick). The design is so simplistic that it gets boring fast. Difficulty comes from redundancy, more HP enemy clones, and carry over health.

You earn money by defeating enemies throughout the looping stages, which you then decide to spend on repairs, weapons, or bombs. Repairs refill HP, weapons upgrade damage, and bomb upgrades allow them to refresh faster. I'm on board with this constant progression, but it becomes superficial. Your upgrades are only good for one playthrough, they don't offer drastic changes (say like 30 year old Fantasy Zone, 20 year old U.N. Squadron, etc), and are pretty necessary to survive the higher HP enemies and the carry over damage. Why not copy those older shooters and offer new types of shot? New bomb types? Armor plating of some sort? A gadget which detonates a bomb rather than taking damage? A coin magnet? A new engine type? Go a step above and beyond and make these persistant and/or customizable for future playthroughs ala Luftrausers.

Avoid.
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CakeSuit
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
This game looks really cool and the art design is spot on, but there is only one stage and no enemy variety. Mechanically, this game controls poorly and there is not enough content to justify a $5 purchase because for me there was less than an hour of enjoyment. If you find this game for less than a dollar, play it for 15 minutes just to see how cool the art design is, other than that theres no reason to keep playing.
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rafaelpgrmr
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Product received for free
The Blue Flamingo is a very interesting experience.

I wanted to try this game for the fact alone that every model in the game was handmade, but that isn't the only thing done with care in the game. The sound is very pleasant, the playability is smooth, the levels are balanced, fun, and become challenging in time, without the "rain of bullets" feel.

My last good experience with an arcade-style vertical scrolling shooter was Tyrian. This game is as good as, but very different.

Graphics 4,5/5
Sound 4,5/5
Gameplay 5/5
Learning Curve 4,5/5
Overall 4,6/5

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GadgetGamer
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
I really wanted to like this game, because the idea of flying over a 32 foot long model sounds brilliant. Unfortunately, the background wasn't particularly striking (in that I didn't notice it much while playing). The scolling was jerky and there wasn't enough variety between levels.

I didn't like the way the ship handled, the aiming was annoying because the bullets came from your wings when you first shoot but switch to firing from the nose of the ship if you hold the fire button down. The bullet hit box was too narrow which made aiming harder. This might improve when you upgrade the ship enough, but I didn't feel compelled to do so.

If an update is made I will try the game again, because as I said I do want to like this. I wish the developers success because I would like to see more games made of graphics with real-world elements.
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Rick
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Nice graphic with no game.

While I appreciate all the effort put into the graphic department (the whole game graphic has been created from handcrafted miniatures), this game is lazy at everything else: you get, like 1-2 minutes of astonishment for how good the graphic is, and then you realize that you have been conned.

Here is a very short, bulletpoint list, of what it's good and what's not:

+ great graphic, everything on the screen looks cool ("The Swapper"-like cool)
- almost no contents: 2 stages (the same one, but cycled between day and night) and like 4-5 enemies top. If you get past level 2 you have seen everything
- embarrassing controls: the game difficulty is not in the mechanics, but in how awkward it is to pilot your ship
- horrible gameplay: you get money for the kills, but you get to use them only for extra firepower and bombs (no repairs, for instance). It looks as if they where trying to hide how short the game is by making it more difficutl than it needs to be.

Now, I understand how difficult it must be to put together a game with digitized contents, but on the other side, but this game is an embarassment (even more so after I played "The Swapper").

It would be worth 1-2E top, but for the current price tag, it's a fraud (good thing I got it in a bundle with better games in it...)
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SincerelyYours007
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Not terrible, but nothing really amazing about it. As others have said, it has some nice visuals and the music is cool. But just a very basic asteroids-type shooter
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virotti
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 27
Frustrating gameplay, even if graphics and sound effects are nice. Feels more like a chore, as you keep starting from the beginning (no continues) and enemies end up hitting you because you want to make more money, not because they try hard to get you (they do crowd the screen on later stages, though). Not even on a sale, stay away!
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72 of 76 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
While it is pretty to look at, The Blue Flamingo is rather underwhelming as a game.

1) Control lag and movement inertia. I hope you don't like having fine control over your ship. It makes the game vastly less enjoyable to play as a result.

2) Enemy design is incredibly basic. There's a lot of the same enemy from the last level, who flies the exact same way and shoots the exact same way, over and over, level after level. There are even enemies that litereally do nothing but take a bunch of hits. Nothing remotely interesting starts to show up until you've looped the game around six times.

3) Weapons are dull and uninteresting. Leveling up your shot only increases fire rate. No shot type selection or variety to choose from.

4) Color selection. In most games of this type, certain colors are reserved for important information (such as enemy bullets), so they are always visible and clear. The nighttime cityscape background breaks this basic design rule, as bullets and enemies blend seamlessly into the background colors. Lucky for us enemy fire is absurdly predictable.

5) Menus ignore your button config; you always have to press enter to do anything regardless of what you set for your action buttons. Also they use blinking text to show what you are highlighting, meaning you have to wait a second just to see what you're actually selecting.

In conclusion, The Blue Flamingo has sloppy controls and uninteresting gameplay. Not recommended.

If you're looking for good shmups on Steam, I can recommend: Crimzon Clover, Kamui, Jamestown, Alltynex 2nd, Astebreed, Danmaku Unlimited 2, Ether Vapor Remaster, RefleX, and Satazius.
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77 of 91 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Novelty graphics and sound effects that while beatiful and charming, quickly wear out their welcome after only a few minutes of dealing with the horrible controls (even menu control with an Xbox360 pad is atrocious). The designers obvious lack of shmup experience make this nothing more than a poorly executed artistic expression under the guise of a "shoot 'em up".

3 out of 10
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46 of 57 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2015
I have over 500 games in my Steam account, and the vast majority of them are still unplayed. So now I'm dedicating an hour to each of these games and writing a series of One Hour Reviews. An hour isn't very long to judge a game on, so think of this as more of a first impression, and take this review in the spirit in which it's given. Be sure to read other reviews from players who have spent more time in the game.

One Hour Reviews #27 - The Blue Flamingo

Playing The Blue Flamingo reminds me of playing old shoot 'em ups from the 80s in the arcade like Galaga or Galaxian. Instead of having lives, your ship takes damage from every hit, and there's no way to repair that damage, so it's really a test to see how long you can dodge being hit before you eventually die.

What sets The Blue Flamingo apart from other shooters is the presentation. It takes a rather unique approach of using hand-crafted models for most everything, from your ship to the backgrounds. It makes for a pretty cool art style that's not your typically cartoony art.

The music style is pretty soothing and again not something you would see in a typical shooter. At first it really threw me off just because it's so different, but after some time I came to appreciate it.

There's a little bit of strategy in the gameplay in that as you clear each level, you get the choice of whether to spend coins upgrading your guns and bombs, or saving up your money and getting 10% interest on it when you get through the next level. Practically speaking though, I don't think this makes a huge impact on the gameplay because your survival is really about being able to dodge things.

My main concern with the game, however, is that I don't feel it's terribly replayable. It's just like with those arcade shoot 'em ups from the 80s, you pump in some quarters for a few games, and then you go home. It's not really something you spend hour after hour with. It's a shame you couldn't spend money to repair your ship because I think that would have added another layer of strategy to the game (health versus firepower), and made it more likely to get to some of the farther levels without having inhuman dodging skills.

I only played half an hour and I already feel like I've seen what the game has to offer. Sure, if I keep playing I might get a little farther and see a different enemy or background or two, but otherwise it doesn't seem like there's going to be anything else.

If you can catch this game on sale, or you just happen to be a really big fan of shoot 'em ups, then I think you'll find this game is worth picking up. But otherwise based on my concerns I can't really recommend this one despite how cool it looks.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
The Blue Flamingo is a neat "art game" that has a unique artstyle created by actually building the terrain and all the ships in miniature and then converting photographs and video of them into the background and sprites used in the game. Somewhat defying the tendencies of "typical" art games, it's actually a shoot-'em-up, rather than a puzzle platformer or walking simulator.

Unfortunately, that's around where the neatness ends - it's a fairly short score attack game, where you play through more or less the same two levels repeatedly, just getting slightly more difficult each time, with very clunky controls. The shortness in terms of content is likely due to the limitations of the artstyle, which constrained them to only having one model for the terrain because building an impressively detailed 32-foot-long model is hard and only so many models for enemies, as those too had to be hand-built and hand-painted, but the loose controls are less forgivable, as they combine with the lack of ability to restore your health to make a game where you're rewarded for playing very conservatively, which ends up feeling rather boring.

In the end, I can't really recommend The Blue Flamingo because ultimately it doesn't hold up as anything except a neat visual experience.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2015
Short Review of Blue Flamingo

Gameplay
This game is a simple shoot them up game, and that gameplay persists throughout the game. Unlike using the concept of "life" as in some classic series, this game use the concept of "repair level" or "damage" where each hit will damage your aircraft. Each hit can't be repaired, in line with classic shoot them up games. In addition, there are no power ups in the game, the only power up you may receive is after completing a level, where you can upgrade your weapons or bombs.

The Good of the Game
Brilliant art
The game is handcrafted, and its shown in the game. I really love how the game is designed, and the design in the game itself. The game is not photo-realistic, but not cartoony, the art is a very good. You can see for yourself how the developers of this game create the terrains and such, it's a very good video. On how the design of the game itself is also looks very good, a perfect balance between realistic photographs and drawn animation (because the developers of this game do use their handcrafted terrain as a basis for the design of the game).

I don't like the looks of the Blue Flamingo (it have too much round shapes) but I do like how the art of it. There are also interesting small details in the background of the game (trailers in the middle of mountain, trains, cars, etc.) that makes the art, even more, interesting.

Brilliant music
The music is simply brilliant. It fits to the theme of the game, and the music is relaxed enough to be able to be easily listened.

The Bad of the Game
Gameplay is Boring
Sadly, gameplay is boring. There are not much enemy types, and there are no weapon upgrades for you. You can upgrade your guns, but visually it changes nothing, you fire the same "yellow" standard gun, just the DPS is increased. You don't have "lighting blue" "spread-out red" "purple laser" weapon upgrades as in Raiden game, you only use your regular weapon from beginning to finish. The enemy is also not varied, they have the same shape, do the same tactics, over and over. While I can understand that enemies AI could be similar, but at least the color, or the shape, of enemy between levels should be different.

Control is a bit weird
From my play, the default control is click to fire, but you have to use your keyboard to steer the plane, you can't use the mouse. It's weird to play like that. Some people complains about how the controls are a bit off, but I don't think the controls are problematic, just how they map it.

Limited to Score Attack
While I praises the game's dedication to classic shoot them up, surely they can invent something novel? Personally I am not interested just to "increase my score while getting nothing". There are no ends on this game, just grind to get the best score. No new type of bosses, no stories, nothing.

At this moment I am not recommending this game, if you see it purely from the gameplay point of view. Personally I get this game from a bundle, so price is not an issue when I purchase this game. On the other hand, this game is very cheap (under $5) and have a good art, and in my opinion, have a good developer and development team behind it.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
Beautiful art, fantastic music, poor gameplay.

Loose controls let down this top-down shooter.

It would be a much better game (in my opinion) with better controls and some kind of continuing progression system (similar to Rogue Legacy), rather than only ever starting from the beginning again with no upgrades.
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42 of 63 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
The Blue Flamingo
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This is a nice top- down arcade shoot em up game!

You are in command of this interesting design craft that shoot bullets, missiles and bombs to destroy your foes. But be very careful and destroy or avoid touching any enemies as your flying vehicle take quiet a fair bit of damage every time you get hit by a projectile or by touching the enemy craft. After all, you only have one craft.

Every time you destroy an enemy you get points and $$ or a coin (seems to have more value) if you actually manage to destroy a wave of enemies before disappearing out of the screen.

At the end of the level you can upgrade your bullets or booms with the money you earn.
I really like the feel of the sceneries and the game fluidity. Well executed and nicely polished. And for $4.99, how can you go wrong?

One slight downside is perhaps the gamepad sensitivity (it is maybe an issue with my Logitech gamepad) but you get use to it fairly quickly.

Positives:

• Nice and challenging Levels
• Addictive
• Leader board

Negatives:

• No achievements
• Gamepad sensitive

A must have in your games list!

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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
The Blue Flamingo is a bit of an experimental game. Not gameplay-wise but in the way it was built. You see, the game was built entirely using handcrafted models. Effects, explosions and rocket flares were all made with firecrackers and other pyrotechnics and objects like cars are being pulled forward by strings with magnets. It’s really ambitious. But does ambition automatically produce a good game ?

At its core The Blue Flamingo is a shoot ‘em up, meaning you control an aircraft that you can move across the entire screen and by pressing (and holding) a button you’ll shoot bullets (or drop a bomb) while enemies keep approaching in waves. After a few levels the speed in which these waves approach will increase and things get more hectic. If you’ve ever played a shoot ‘em up before you’ll notice the game doesn’t really reinvent the genre. Except for one thing: scoring points.
By killing groups of enemies successfully you’re awarded a coin that you can pick up by moving your aircraft over it. These coins act as your score.
At the end of each level, of which there are just two (day and night), you get the opportunity for some target practicing. Targets will move across the screen in all kinds of directions and it’s your job to hit them all. I’m not sure what happens yet if you hit them all, but I’m sure it awards you extra points or maybe even a bomb. Let it be clear that there are no boss fights in this game.
After each level you can invest your collected coins to purchase upgrades (which will then lower your score with that same amount of money) or you can decide to continue without purchasing anything and then receive interest over it. So do you want to spend money on upgrades in the hope that you can earn it back or do you take the risk and hope that your current aircraft will do the trick as get you as far as you can. It can be a difficult choice, especially later on when levels get harder and harder.
Upgrades are limited to better guns and extra bombs by the way. So you can’t make your aircraft fly faster or give it extra armor.
It’s an interesting concept but there aren’t any real rewards. It’s just to get a better high score. And while this might be enough for some people for me it isn’t. If you introduce a risk & reward system I want the reward to something better than just a better score. Give people new skins, different aircrafts or different guns, things like that; something to play for and something that keeps people coming back. But then again, for a small game like this it’s understandable. I just don’t think people will play it for hours and hours, which is a shame considering the amount of effort was put into creating it.

I’m not going any further into the graphics, at least, not so much. Most of the things I wanted to say about it have already been said anyway. The game has a unique look, but because of the filming of the backgrounds things have become blurry, unfortunately. This was to be expected and I’m not blaming the developers here. It was an artistic choice and that should be respected.
Sounds are basic and the music doesn’t really fit the game as far as the atmosphere is concerned, but there’s nothing really wrong with it.
And the controls are smooth and navigating the screen works just fine without any problems. Collision detection is also good.

In the end Might & Delight managed to give us a cute little shoot ‘em up with The Blue Flamingo. It gives us a unique choice on managing our scores but ultimately falls short because it doesn’t really offer any replay value except for the fact that you can beat other people’s high scores (or your own) on the leaderboards. A bit more variety and content rarely ever hurt a game, but for this price we can’t really complain. Just don’t expect anything revolutionary here.

[Rating: 64/100]
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
A top-down Shoot em up, or shmup, shooting things enemy crafts, or missiles, and avoiding other things like bullets, structures, or other crafts. That's about it really, and for asking price and what it is, I'm satisfied with it.

What i really like about the game is the graphic style with how most of it is hand made in real life, and then recaptured to play in the game. With the graphics, the soundtrack is just fun and nice to hear, really goes well with the game's name which I find extremely amusing for some reason. The gameplay videos on Youtube doesn't do the game justice in terms of how the game actually looks like, it really does look nice.

The gameplay, the shooting itself is nothing special but it's good, it's a normal good shmup. You get bullets, missiles, and a bomb that will destroy everything on screen, where you only get one or two at first in a level. A few variety of enemies/objects to shoot at, and a few different levels (don't know how many but going to say five max). Also, I'm not sure if there's a boss to kill at a certain point as I haven't lived long enough to confirm it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZNNc8H8AAo

As I mentioned in the begging, for what the game is, and it being reasonably good, I think it's well worth it and I'm happy playing it.

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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
This game takes place over beautiful hand crafted miniature set pieces, and each sequence is displayed in stunning 320p with a variable frame rate. Don't worry about missing any of the outstanding visuals in the fray of combat, because all you have to do is sit on the bottom right corner of the screen to avoid 95% of the gameplay.

These scenes are accompanied by an original flamenco soundtrack that even amidst the chaos of battle stands out as being delightful and upbeat, yet exceedingly soothing. Again you need not worry that the nuance will be thrown out with the beat as unrelenting machine gun chatter takes focus, you can rest assured once your mouse finger begins to cramp from constantly holding down the button you will soon discover that you don't actually need to fire your weapon 95% of the time.

You must now be interested in the remaining 5%, where it would seem the cream awaits. Well the game runs out of original content long before you reach it, in fact there's only about 3 levels with unique miniatures and music, after which point you have only repeats as the level number continues to increment. This is perfect though, because there aren't any checkpoints. It would be a real shame, after all, to fall short and be deprived of an ending as lovingly created as the rest of the art content in this game. There isn't an end though, you just uninstall.
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