Auditorium: The Online Experience
What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- thinking critically
- combining knowledge
- developing novel solutions
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
This game creates a magical way to create music -- by solving physics puzzles involving bending light. Since there is no one right answer, kids feel empowered to explore.
Kids learn by experimenting with the arrows and other tools given to them to manipulate the flow of light. There are potentially several different ways to solve each puzzle, so players can be creative.
The game doesn't provide any help but it is not possible to fail in this game. Rather, kids will continue to work on each puzzle until they solve it.
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?
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.