A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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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