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So it’s finally the weekend again, and my wife is doing overtime at work. Soon I know that I’ll be doing overtime too. Last night though, I decided it would be good to try out flOw, one of the Playstation Store downloads.

FlOw is a game about piloting an aquatic organism through a surreal biosphere where players consume other organisms, evolve, and advance their organisms as you swim deeper in. As you play, you grow and evolve into an elaborate, and often aesthetically appealing form. At the end of each level you unlock a new organism to grow and play around with. Controls are simplistic to the point of almost non-existent. Literally anyone can pick this game up and play. All you do is tilt your controller and your little organism will move in that direction. Press a button, and that organism’s ability activates, ranging from a speed boost to going temporarily invisible. There is a built in dynamic difficulty adjuster too, so anyone and everyone will have an enjoyable time playing it no matter what skill level.

This game is well designed. Simplistic gameplay usually means addictive gameplay, and this game is full of it. You mindlessly swim around and eat stuff all pac-man-like, grow bigger, rinse repeat. You are rewarded with visual eye-candy as your organism grows into an elaborate beautiful piece of art. The ambience in this game is well set and really keeps you engrossed. Even people that are just watching tend to get mesmerized.

Overall, flOw is like an interactive screensaver that you play with when you simply want to relax and not need to stress out about regular gameplay elements, such as death, objectives, etc.

An interesting piece of trivia – flOw was originally a flash game developed by a couple of students now turned game developers. Sony took interest in their little project, and basically paid them to make a PS3 version of the game. The flash game is still available online, but I strongly urge you to get the PS3 version if you can – there are significant improvements as well as full 1080p support.

Buy it at the Playstation Store, or play it online at thatgamecompany.com.

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  1. January 14, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    hmm I don’t really know this game, I played the demo before, but seems like a variant of stardust H, I like stardust HD a lot tho.

    Have you tried stardust HD?

  2. January 14, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    oh it’s nothing like Super Stardust HD. It’s actually close to the exact opposite. You must be thinking of a different game – perhaps Nucleus or Blast Radius? Try out the flash version of flOw and you’ll realize how different it is.

    I just recently played the demo for Super Stardust HD. Reminds me of geometry wars! But I probably won’t end up buying it…

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