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flOw

 

 

SCORE: 74

 

flOw 

 

Sony has shown they are willing to try new things with games like flOw. Players swim around in the water collecting smaller creatures. This allows the players creature to grow. Finding red orbs allow players to go deeper into the soup. Blue orbs allow us to go back up a level. Taking a hit from a larger creature also moves us back up a level.

flOw is part snake, and part in depth 3D driller. The graphics are nice and soft. They change from time to time. Just like the character we control. We morph from one form to another form depending on the level. It was interesting to see previous creatures - especially ones I had played as.

The music in flOw is fantastic. I loved listening to the mellow and relaxing sounds while playing flOw on the Playstation 3. I could listen to this soothing music for hours. Taking a hit from a bad guy produced a sound that was alarming but not annoying.

The controls in flOw are the biggest issue I had. The gyroscope controls in flOw were confusing, confounding, and rarely did they work well. What is crazy is there are only two controls in flOw. Any button is a burst or thrust forward. Moving the gyroscope to navigate in different directions never felt natural. In fact it is why I had such issues with the controls.

Families can be safe generally playing flOw. Your creature will absorb other smaller creatures. Your creature needs to stay away from larger creatures. flOw can be a good lesson in what happens in the animal kingdom. It can also be a lesson in survival, and how to avoid getting eaten by predators.

One thing I personally like about flOw is how there are no time constraints. Take your time swimming around at any depth. I wish flOw had been fleshed out more. Like saving in that level, picking levels, having goals, etc. flOw feels more like a tech demo than an actual game.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 80%
Sound: 90%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 50%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%

System: PS Vita/PS4/PS3(tested)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: thatgamecompany

Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY


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