Fluidity: Spin Cycle
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fluidity: Spin Cycle is a physics-based puzzle game without much in the way of iffy content. Players get to experiment with the effects of gravity as they spin their 3DS system around to pour a water spirit through various mazes, solving little navigational puzzles along the way. Just be sure your kids are careful about where and when they play; it's easy to lose grip of the console while turning it around, which could result in a tumble or two. This game is a download only game for the Nintendo 3DS.
What kids can learn
- substance properties
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Fun and highly intuitive, most players should have little problem getting the hang of the motion controls that govern Fluidity: Spin Cycle's gravity-based conundrums.
The physics at play are lifelike enough that they'll make kids think about how water and gravity behave. Plus, kids will likely appreciate that they can experiment in the digital realm in ways that are impractical in the real world.
The score players earn at the end of each level doesn't correlate to what they may have learned while playing, and there are no supports outside the game.
What's it about?
Available only as a download for 3DS, FLUIDITY: SPIN CYCLE puts players in control of a water spirit who needs to splish and splash its way through a variety of mazes in a storybook brought to life. His goal: rescue rainbow spirits that have been locked away by wicked black goop. Players control the water spirit's movements by tilting and spinning their 3DS, in effect pouring him up and down hills and through tight passages. They'll also get to combat the dark goop by washing over it, throw switches to open doors, alter gravity in limited ways, and search out collectibles, including a golden puzzle piece hidden in each level.
Is it any good?
This highly playable puzzler grabs hold quickly with its highly intuitive motion-based controls. Spinning a 3DS to control the flow of the game's water spirit just feels right, and the difficulty of the puzzles grows so gradually that kids are unlikely to become too frustrated. Plus, setting the action inside a book brought to life -- you'll actually pass by passages of prose in the background describing, say, the dinosaur bones you're washing over -- invites players to take interest in not just the action, but also the world. It's a little short, but lots of collectibles means there's plenty of reason to go back and replay each maze multiple times. A great pick to kill a few minutes on a bus or an hour while nestled on the couch.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about gravity. How does gravity work? What would our world be like if there was no gravity? How is gravity used in other games?
Families can also discuss the physics of liquid. Do you think the fluid in the game accurately mimics the behavior of real-world liquids?