TGWK’s Review of “Live Butterflies” v1.1 (iOS)

Live Butterflies is an augmented reality experience from developers Sea Lion Games. The purpose of the app really is to show off augmented reality and what it can do to the world around us. In this case, digitally created butterflies appear in the real world when seen through the iPhone. The butterflies are augmented into our reality and appear as if they are really there. This is probably the simplest example of augmented reality however but in this case, its meant more for entertainment purposes and not really for informational use like some of the more advanced apps.

With Live Butterflies, enjoy the world as four different types of butterflies flutter around you. Tap on the screen and the butterflies will land on your fingertip. If watching butterflies isn’t your cup of tea, there is also an optional game mode included that is fairly simple to play. All you do is see how many butterflies you can tap on before time runs out. To do so, you just move your iPhone around all over in order to find as many butterflies as you can. You use the iPhone like a viewer and move it up, down, spin it around and you can see all the augmented butterflies in your surroundings. It’s not a bad game but obviously you’ll need to be playing in such a way where you’ll have full 360 degrees of movement, otherwise you aren’t going to get the full effect of the game.

*Video from Sea Lion Games

Live Butterflies is a fun little game that anyone can enjoy. Kids will especially enjoy the fact that they can see these “augmented” butterflies on your iPhone living in the real world. Live Butterflies itself is a fairly decent example of what can be done with augmented reality, however I’d like to see more from in in future updates. At it’s current state, there really isn’t much you can do with the app and its really more of a novelty than anything. If they wanted to push Live Butterflies  to the next level, I’d like to see the app get some sort of location based data, for example possible butterflies that live in whatever part of the country you are in based on your GPS location.  I’d also like to see more information about the butterflies themselves such as their names and any facts about them when clicked on. That would make Live Butterflies much more useful to butterfly lovers as well as being much more educational and valuable.

Live Butterflies is available now in the App Store for $0.99. It is compatible only with the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch 4th generation with an iOS of 3.1.3 and  higher.


In this magical Augmented Reality experience, surround yourself with friendly butterflies indoors or out! Just use the screen as a viewer to see all of the butterflies flying around you. It includes both a Viewer and a Game.

• THE VIEWER – Use the Viewer to look around you and see butterflies. If you touch the screen near a butterfly, it will fly over and land on your finger. It’s like being surrounded by friendly butterflies wherever you are! Take a photo of your augmented reality by touching the camera button and then optionally send it as an email. Live Butterflies includes the Monarch Butterfly, the Blue Morpho Butterfly, the Green Birdwing Butterfly, and the Orange-Barred Sulphur Butterfly. In the Viewer, open the menu and choose which butterflies are in your augmented reality.

• THE GAME – Play the Game and catch as many butterflies as you can before time runs out. Use the screen to look around you and touch the screen to catch them! They might be above you, at your feet or even behind you so be sure to look all around.

Designed exclusively for both the iPhone 4 and the 4th gen iPod touch.

[via App Store]

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