Developer: Tamara Schembri/ToyBox Labs
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Flowmo is a little bit beautiful, a little bit special, and very much a niche delight. It’s an experimental title in the truest sense of the world, telling the story of the universe from the moment of its creation. It’s not exactly a game – more an interactive visual short story, but it’s certainly intriguing.

flowmo4Only one instruction is given at the start of Flowmo, and it’s an important one: keep the sound up high. The sounds and music from within the game really add to the general experience, and it’s all the more special with it playing via headphones.

Flowmo implements multitouch allowing for players to explore the universe with up to 11 fingers (yes, that means more than one player can easily join in). Taps on the screen initiate various visual flourishes and changes, all in a bid to highlight the wondrous nature of the universe changing and evolving. Much of the time spent with Flowmo will be taking one’s own interpretations of what’s going on, but that’s the beauty of it. With a fairly adept physics system and behavior that reacts accordingly, Flowmo is fun to experiment with and see how things change. Each game only lasts around 11 minutes, so it’s short but sweet.

flowmo1Multitouch support does have the problem of occasionally setting off the gesture support of the iPad and bringing up the multitasking bar, so I’d suggest switching this setting off beforehand. Besides that irritant however, Flowmo is really quite special.

It won’t be for everyone, lacking the traditional gaming elements that many expect, but as a fascinating experiment it’s quite gorgeous. It makes a delightful change from the more typical crowd we’ve come to expect on the App Store and should stick in the memory for a while to come, even if it is a fairly brief experience.

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