Very creative puzzler about moving water through terrains.

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This game is all about using brain power to solve puzzles. Players have to think about how to tilt the screen and move around the maze in order to reach the goal. While there is almost no text or dialogue in the game, the message of using your mind to solve problems definitely shines through.

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This is a very unique and abstract game. There aren't even any real characters to talk about, so the notion of there being any sort of protagonist or antagonist is nonexistent. It is the players who take command of this game and prove to themselves that they can figure out how to complete each puzzle.

Ease of play

Many types of games strive to achieve the distinction of being "easy to play but difficult to master." This game catches that description perfectly. While anyone can easily understand the concept of the game -- tilt the puzzle back and forth to move water from point A to point B -- it will take someone with a masterful grasp of logic and gaming to be able to get through the game's later and much more difficult levels.


As players navigate water streams in this unique puzzle game, they will come into contact with fluid-like creatures that must be pelted with water. Brief zapping effects are seen as the creatures disappear.

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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.

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why some activities require more focus than others. How can games help you learn the importance of paying attention to detail?

  • What are the right steps to take when you become frustrated with a game?

  • Where else in life does practice make perfect?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:December 6, 2010
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief

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