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POSTED 27/12/13


FLOW

Sony



Creature report, creature report... creature report! CLAP, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP! The... erm, Shellington, what IS that thing?!

While those intrepid Octonauts, of whom we’ve ingested more exploits more times than any adult should ever be exposed to thanks to regular babysitting of a two-year-old, have catalogued all manner of stunning undersea creatures ranging from blobfish to snot cucumbers (yes it is, no it’s not...), they’ve yet to encounter anything like what awaits in Flow.

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Less game, more ‘experience’, Flow originally preceded its extra-syllabic sibling Flower, but a family resemblance shines through. Despite being fuck knows how many fathoms underwater.

Creature report! Creature report!

By waggling your DualShock around – or even somebody else’s - you control various mostly monochromatic spermatozoa-cum-spirochaete like swimmy thingies, eating to survive, eating to thrive, or just pissing off through advancement portals the first chance you get. See, there’s no real rule to this thing, at least not that we could fathom (heh). You can swim around stuffing your face – if indeed these thingies possess faces - growing all big and pretty, or you can go deep sea bastard and attack anything that wriggles, squirms or otherwise performs water-shrouded shimmies.

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If you can be arsed tracking down and chomping on red circular thingummies you’ll eventually get deep enough to find an eggy. Get off on oeuf and you’ll hatch a new creature. Rinse, repeat, until you hatch them all and get to eat the credits. Literally. Om nom nom!

Creature report, creature report... creature report!

This is not for those who crave structure. There’s no score and, arguably, no point. But if you fancy the occasional dipping of digits into pools of diversionary aimlessness then you just might get along swimmingly with Flow...

Now we’re done with our mission. Octonauts at ease, until the next adventure!

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