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Auditorium: The Online Experience

Intriguing indie game combines music with puzzle-solving.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn how to judge spatial relationships between objects. This game uses realistic physics to alter the movement of a sparkling water-like substance, and kids will need to figure out how their actions impact the flow of this substance. With the goal of redirecting the flow into containers that create music, kids can experiment with how they want to solve each puzzle. In Auditorium, kids use logic and creativity to solve puzzles that produce a light show as well as inspiring music.

Positive messages

This game requires players to think critically and use spatial reasoning to figure out each puzzle. Because it relies solely on logic skills and not luck, successfully completing each level fills players with a sense of accomplishment. This is heightened by the fact that as players complete each level, they are also creating music, so solving a puzzle results in a harmonious orchestral sound.

Positive role models

This is an abstract game with no characters and as such these is no sense of role models.

Ease of play

This is a very easy game to play, but as it continues, the puzzles become increasingly difficult. For example, the first level involves reflecting the sound waves so they go from one side of the screen to the other, but in later levels players will need to set up multiple reflectors so that the sound waves pass through color-changing filters and around various obstacles.

Violence & scariness
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Consumerism
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Auditorium: The Online Experience is a puzzle game that combines dramatic images of light with a wonderful musical sound. At first glance, it seems like a simple and casual puzzle game. However, after it pulls players in with its easy access, it introduces them to much more challenging puzzles that will require a lot of trial-and-error and high level spatial reasoning. This is an independent game, meaning it was created with the intention of providing players with a fun, accessible experience as opposed to something with million-dollar special effects or incredibly drawn-out storylines. It is designed as a fun, challenging, rewarding game that anyone can pick up and play.

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What's it about?

AUDITORIUM: THE ONLINE EXPERIENCE is a puzzle game in which players must direct a flow of light into multiple musical containers on the screen. When the containers start to fill up, players are treated to a wonderful orchestral tune. The light appears as gusts of wind, and the only control players have over it are arrows that can be used to manipulate its direction. Players have a limited number of arrows in each level so they must use spatial and logic skills to figure out how to alter the gusts so they flow seamlessly from point A to point B. The game becomes increasingly complicated as various obstacles and new elements, such as color-changing filters, are introduced.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Auditorium: The Online Experience does exactly what a good puzzle game needs to do -- it very easily pulls players in with a concept that is graspable and seems easy. But just as players begin to get the hang of it, the difficulty level starts increasing. However, the various new obstacles and twists are introduced slowly over time so players aren't left aggravated. Rather, they grow and develop their skills in tandem with the increased level of difficulty, making for a seamless experience that creates a feeling of accomplishment rather than one of frustration. This game also scores points for the unique musical component, giving players the reward of a big orchestral sound when they complete each puzzle. Plus the flowing light visuals are awe-inspiring. The only slight reservation is that this game is built on one concept and does not expand with multiple game modes, so some players may get bored after completing numerous puzzles. But for those who like music, it is magical.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to use logic to solve puzzles. When have you used trial-and-error to solve a problem?

  • Were you more drawn to the puzzling or the music?

Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Subjects:Arts: music
Science: measurement, motion, physics
Skills:Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, developing novel solutions
Tech Skills: digital creation
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, thinking critically
Price:$9.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Cipher Prime
Release date:February 5, 2009
Genre:Puzzle
Topics:Arts and dance, Music and sing-along
ESRB rating:E

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