While we're all waiting for the World Henchmen application results to come back (at least, those of us who applied to the Seattle edition), I thought I'd take a moment to do another video game review. This time, it'll be about the physics puzzler we've all been looking forward to, but I've been especially excited about after seeing it on the PAX show floor last year. I'm referring, of course, to Curve Studio's Fluidity
, which is available as a digital download via WiiWare.
It's a small-studio physics platformer, which means platforming with one interesting twist and levels that explore the many facets of the twist. This time around, the twist is that you control a quantity of water, which behaves as you would expect water to. You move by tilting the WiiMote to tilt the world left and right, you jump by "tossing" the WiiMote upwards- the concept is well-explored, and puts interesting twists on the usual platforming concepts of switches, doors, one-way passages (literally valves), inventory, hazards, etc. As the game goes on, you unlock special abilities and the other two states of matter, and encounter puzzles that test all of those abilities in interesting combinations.
The other thing that appealed to me personally was the Super Mario 64-esque structure of the game. You have a wide-open area to explore, and you find areas with sets of puzzles that lead you a star. (They call them rainbow drops, but they're stars) With enough stars, you unlock new areas, which give you abilities you need to get to more areas, and things branch out until you get enough stars to reach the level boss. And, of course, once you've found the stars you can still return to the areas and search their nooks and crannies for hidden flowers (which grants another star if you find them all) and puzzle pieces (which unlock a few minigames). There's a lot of meat on the game's bones if you're a completionist, but it's still fun if you want to get to the final boss or just play around.
It's fun, pretty, and pushed a lot of my buttons. If you have similar buttons to that, or just like fun, it's worth checking out for $12.