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flOw (PSP)

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Description

flOw is a PlayStation Network game, originally an online flash project by Jenova Chen and Nicholas Clark as a part of Chen's thesis research, but later adapted to a commercial game by thatgamecompany, which Chen co-founded.

The player controls a small, worm-like micro-organism on a bright, two-dimensional plane. On the PS3, it can be moved around by tilting the SIXAXIS controller in the direction the creature should swim. The PSP version is controlled with the analogue stick. There are six, gradually unlocked creatures to choose from (Snake, Jelly, Manta, Rogue, Hunter, Credit Creature), each with their own abilities such as poison, a swirling move to draw in plankton or a homing attack. The aim of the game is to eat other micro-organisms and evolve, moving deeper into the sea until the bottom is reached, leading the game to restart with a new creature. Evolving will change the creature's shape or grants new abilities. There are different power-ups, making the creature move faster or giving it a larger mouth. Certain larger enemies are made up of dots that need to be eaten to have it destroyed, requiring different strategies to take them out.

With each new level, moving deeper into the sea, the background, colours, enemies and music change. The creature is able to return to previous levels, or dive deeper, indicated by different icons. The game has straightforward controls and offers multiplayer sessions for up to 4 players, all using the same creature.

flOw applies the concept of dynamic difficulty adjustment. Players can choose to ignore large and dangerous enemies or come back to fight them later, striking a balance between the game's challenges and the individual abilities.

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flOw PSP Title screen
flOw PSP Evolved form
flOw PSP Help menu before game starts.
flOw PSP Eating small balls in super eater mode.

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The Press Says

Playstation Illustrated Apr 14, 2008 91 out of 100 91
Pocket Gamer UK Mar 11, 2008 8 out of 10 80
IGN Mar 04, 2008 7.3 out of 10 73
GameSpot Mar 14, 2008 7 out of 10 70
GameDaily Mar 05, 2008 7 out of 10 70
UOL Jogos Apr 02, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
NZGamer May 13, 2008 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Flow appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

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Kabushi (122503) added flOw (PSP) on Mar 05, 2008
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (253385), Kabushi (122503) and Klaster_1 (58028)