Floe — a little bear needs your help Review
- Publisher: EA Chillingo
- Genre: Puzzle
- Released: 2 Dec, 2010
- Size: 26.0 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Challenging puzzles; casual style, no pressure.
- Cute, bright and clean visuals.
- Universal App.
- Tilt controls not always consistent; difficult to use on the go.
Sappy story aside, 'Floe - a little bear needs your help' will pull your heartstrings while dumping you in to a puzzle challenge that will tax your logical skills.
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On the cute scale, 'Floe - a little bear needs your help' by Clickgamer rates about 8.4 Unicorns, or roughly 12.8 Fluffy Puppies in the metric system. I mean seriously, look at the icon and read the title again and tell me this isn't bordering on critical-mass amounts of cuddliness!
Should you take up the challenge of helping out baby bear 'Flo', you'll need to defeat an increasingly complex series of sliding-block puzzles. Each of these puzzles are situated on a chunk of ice, with only one entrance in and out and a multitude of pastel shapes that can slide around the screen should you tilt your iDevice. The trick is to slide the blocks while also moving Flo in order to reach the end and the obligatory 'reset' and 'undo' buttons allow you to reconsider your options appropriately. To add further complexity to the matter, having a block slide in to Flo will crush her, but being the ball of rainbows, smiles and corn-syrup that she is she'll simply fly up in to the air as she squeezes out of the gap, so you'll need to make use of the ability to freeze groups of blocks in place to help her survive.
Describing the visuals almost seems silly by this point, but the 3D world is charming in its simplicity and the variety of colored blocks helps in managing each puzzle as you attempt to find the most efficient way past the hazards. Stars are awarded for meeting the minimum number of slides required to complete a level, though this can become terrifically difficult even early in to the game's content.
To help out, balloons are occasionally awarded, allowing players to skip ahead of a puzzle, though each level can be accessed again should you wish to clear the game perfectly. There is somewhat of a dichotomy in the super-cuteness and the super-challenging puzzles, but if you're after something harder than average and you don't mind rosy-cheeked anthropomorphic animals, then by all means 'Floe - a little bear needs your help' is for you.
DescriptionHelp baby bear Flo across the ice floes to her mama by getting the ice blocks out of her way. It’s simple but challenging!
A LITTLE BEAR NEEDS YOUR HELP
Mama has crossed the sea, but Flo got left behind! She needs your help to
make a path across the tippy ice floes. It won't be easy — huge slippery
blocks of ice are in the way.
Intuitive and thoughtful puzzles, cute and colorful characters and a heart-warming story make this a great little game that's fun for all the family.
FUN AND THOUGHTFUL PUZZLES
Touch where you want Flo to go. Tilt your iPhone to send the blocks sliding across the ice islands. (On iPad you can also press down on the sides of the island.) Touch one block to freeze it in place. Cross the floe in as few slides as possible to win a star! But be careful — those blocks are dangerous.
MAKE SPECIAL FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY
Meet Flo's cute arctic friends. Along the way you'll meet seagulls, narwhals, walruses and penguins. All Flo's friends are full of fun and desperately want to help her catch up with mama.
Floe is fully integrated with Crystal and Game Center, and you can tweet your stars or post them to Facebook. See how you compare to your friends.
Will you be the best puzzle solver?