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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fluidity is a one-of-a-kind puzzle game about moving bodies of water through obstacles. It is a downloadable WiiWare game for the Wii console. Its concept is easy to ascertain, yet it is so deep in its presentation. As the game increases in difficulty, it's less about what's going on in the game and more about making players wrap their minds around how to get through it. It becomes very tricky as players are presented with lava pits, odd-shaped platforms, and switches/triggers that must be hit spot-on. The game requires precision, focus, and a lot of patience as players will no doubt struggle with an obstacle here or there several times before they conquer it.
What's it about?
FLUIDITY poses a seemingly simple challenge to players: move the water or ice from the beginning of the puzzle through various terrains to reach the end. In reality, though, it's not so simple, as players will face a variety of obstacles ranging from water-evaporating fire to nearly unscalable walls. It's a game that relies solely on the players' ability to think strategically and creatively. There are no dramatic cutscenes, distracting achievements, or overwhelming graphics. The presentation is very simplistic but the game is anything but. Players will have to wrack their brains, tilt their Wii remotes, time their button pushes to master one puzzle after the next. This is a puzzle game that requires much trial and error.
Is it any good?
As any good puzzle game is, Fluidity is intoxicating in its appeal, because players know that every level is beatable. However, figuring out how to beat it, or mastering the timing of jumps and turns, seems impossible at times. It isn't the most glamorous or most action-packed game ever, but it doesn't need to be. It relies on the time-honored tradition of practice makes perfect. The feeling of accomplishment one gets upon completing a puzzle, perhaps after a few, or maybe even a dozens of tries, is something what motivates you to keep going. In the end, this is a very good game for players who want a break from the high-intensity action games of today, and instead just want a game that will put their brain to the test and have a fun time doing it. The concept of moving a body of water is a novel concept and one well worth checking out.
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