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By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Solid puzzler hampered by sophmoric humor, bad controls.

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Shiftlings offers up a different take on the two-dimensional platform-puzzle-game genre. Since the two characters are attached by the air hose, and gas can be transferred back and forth to inflate a suit, teamwork and strategy have a strong role. Fifty levels of gameplay also are a plus, and it doesn't take long to up the ante, so to speak, in terms of difficulty. Visually, it's a pleasing game; the bright graphics and colorful levels are eye-catching, and if the galaxy is so broken that these two aliens need to fix it, at least they're fixing the pretty portions of the universe. The downside, though, is that the keyboard controls are anything but intuitive. At times, it feels like you're doing acrobatics with your fingers to hit the right key combos. When you combine this with the ever-increasing difficulty, you'll beg for a controller to simplify the gameplay. The tongue-in-cheek humor -- especially the fart jokes -- also gets stale after six levels or so. Overall, Shiftlings has a great look and is challenging, but some gaps steer it away from being exceptional.

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