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By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Clever puzzler addresses social anxiety disorder.

Game Mac, Windows 2015
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Although Sym may appear to be too easy at first glance, it actually has a great deal of challenge and depth. Sure, you can fly through some puzzles at the start, but to fully explore the game you'll need to use some keyboard dexterity and problem-solving skills. That's particularly true as you try to navigate both the white world (which represents reality) and the dark world (which represents the mind) across the game's 44 levels.

Sym doesn't rely on heavy special effects; its black-and-white presentation looks childlike, but the jumping between worlds is a nice touch and handled quite well. As players move between worlds, the sound changes. The music is more muted when Josh is in the dark world, but music and other noise is much louder in the white world. The positive-reinforcement messages on each stage also are a nice touch. If there are any drawbacks, the game is awfully short, but the level editor can help prolong the experience. Sym is a solid platformer that elevates itself through the issue it addresses. What may seem simple at the onset is actually a nice little gem of a game.

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