Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Fluidity: Spin Cycle

Preview: Fluidity: Spin Cycle

1:00 PM on 10.16.2012 // Steven Hansen
  @dtoidsteven

Be water, my friend.

Fluidity released on WiiWare a couple of years ago and proved a surprising treat for a lot of Wii owners. Tony Ponce liked it a lot. Good news for Tony -- and for everyone else -- is that its 3DS sequel is coming to the eShop for more viscous platforming fun.

The indelible Bruce Lee himself suggested people should be like water; formless and shapeless, with an empty mind. The developers at Curve Studios clearly took that mantra to heart, because Fluidity: Spin Cycle casts you as agua itself.

Fluidity: Spin Cycle (3DS eShop)
Developer: Curve Studios
Publisher: Nintendo
Released: December 27, 2012
 

Spin Cycle opens with a cute cutscene involving a wizard. I know he’s a wizard because he has a blue robe, pointy blue hat, and a majestic, gray beard. On top of that, he has some sort of giant, leather-bound tome splayed out on his desk, above which various mystical-looking vials hang tenuously on a shelf.

The wizard is charming his book -- some sort of account of both history, since the beginning, all the way up to the future -- with adorable little rainbow sprites when he leaves it unattended. From the shelf, a dark vial sealed tightly sees and seizes its opening, shimmying itself off of the shelf, crashing down upon the pages. It’s assuredly an evil vial because from it seeps a thick black ooze. Sensing a call to heroism, a kindly water sprite -- which eventually manifests itself as the water you control in levels -- also tips itself from the shelf, entering the magical world brought to life in the pages with the hope of scoring some sweet rainbow sprite kisses.

The first few levels of Spin Cycle I played had dinosaurs, so things started off on the right track. Because moving your separable puddle of water necessitates use of the gyroscope -- that is, you have to physically rotate the 3DS from side to side and, eventually, all the way around -- the 3D is actually locked off. Wiggle that slide lever all you want. It’s a 2D affair and sensibly so, but hopefully that doesn’t put a dampening on your excitement.

Once I got the hang of sloshing around back and forth, I began on my merry way. The chronologically themed levels are a healthy mix of puzzle solving and platforming. What I played was largely rudimentary, coming from the beginning portion of the game, but if its predecessor is any indication, I don’t think you’ll breeze through the entire thing wanting for difficulty. For the completionists, there are also collectibles hidden throughout levels.

Additionally, the extra bits of water you pick up to expand your volume are often necessary to pass certain obstacles, but you also get stage ratings based on how much time you took to complete the stage and how much volume you ended with, whether you lost some along the way due to hazards or left behind collectible droplets.

There is something mildly unsettling, yet interesting, about controlling heaps of water en masse, particularly in a puzzle platformer as if your main character got squished by a trap, smeared all over the stage, and then continued to try and progress through sheer will power. Unsettling, but quite interesting, even if I haven’t yet grasped keeping myself together (much like real life). In addition to the labored jumping, different states of matter are introduced down the line, like with the previous game, adding more wrinkles to the gameplay as you become both ice and steam.

The opening portion of Spin Cycle was enough to whet my appetite. Soaking in the earthly timeline and beyond, into the future, is bound to be fun -- at one point, I slid off the back of a dinosaur like Fred Flinstone leaving work. So when evil goop is loosed upon the world this December, water you going to do?

Photo Gallery: (6 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Steven Hansen, Features Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure dtoidsteven Tips
Steven watches anime & sports, buys meat out of trucks, dates a Muppet, and is only good at cooking. He stands before you bereft of solace and well on the road to perdition. ('^ω^) more   |   staff directory



 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Fluidity: Spin Cycle


View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Music Notes: "Tied Down" by Forever Still

Desert Golfing - The Model Mobile Game

Review: Pony Island - Maneiac Crop!

The meaning of The Witness (Part 1 of 3)

Do you even Bebop?

Cblogs of 02/04/16 + Bayonetta and some other one I suppose

Waifu Wars: Your Cruel Device, Your Blood Like Ice..

Best Kickstarter implosion EVER as dev money is spent on booze and strippers

Video Gaming Bits -- Dungeons& Dragons: Tower of Doom

Is Planet Earth more than Blue, such as An?

 Add your impressions

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

TheBlondeBass avatarTheBlondeBass
Give me an open-world game and I'll find a way to mistreat children and the elderly.
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
What do you think guys? Text or no text?
Agent9 avatarAgent9
I'm dying of laughter, these are too good XD super Zangeif OP
Parismio avatarParismio
How dare they price her so low...
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
Fire Emblem Fates special edition is confirmed to have all three versions on one cartridge, so you DO get Revelation early.
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
Frinkiac.com: Search Simpsons quotes, get the image from the episode where the quote is from and easily make a meme.
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I ended up buying Yakuza 3 on Amazon and nabbing Gravity Rush Remastered on the PS Store. Both have trophies so I'm pretty hyped to play em.
Virtua Kazama avatarVirtua Kazama
Just finished a blog just in time for the 25th Anniversary of Street Fighter II, which is in a few minutes...
Parismio avatarParismio
Jesus Pacland in smash looks like something someone made in MSPaint. I love it.
Fuzunga avatarFuzunga
Looks like Nintendo was selling a North America exclusive 3DS cover plate. At least, I've never seen this particular one before. It's out of stock now, though.
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
So Helldivers is pretty fucking great.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
Since I thanked Niero and Paladin on the site update article, might as we thank the rest of you staff, contributors, mods, volunteers, tippers, former workers, commenters, bloggers, quickshitposters, lurkers, trol-nevermind them, anyway XCOM2 calls!
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
I've got an even better picture! I'll post it in the comments.
Steel Squirrel avatarSteel Squirrel
I just have to post this pic because it's one of the best things ever. Gotta post it in the comments though.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
Hits Save in blog editor.Your post currently has a publish date of 2016-01-23 11:44 PM.
Samsneeze avatarSamsneeze
Maurice White, Earth, Wind and Fire founder died yesterday and 2016 continues to make it clear that it gives no shits about your favorite musicians and people.
Jinx 01 avatarJinx 01
I have a bunch of unfinished blogs from the last two years when I had too much anxiety to finish them. So expect a bunch of probably outdated blogs from me soon ;p
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
If anyone wants to peep me having a quick, unpolished go at some cheesy Sonic music, the fun is here: https://soundcloud.com/justin-stewart-57/i-am-all-of-me-wip
Torchman avatarTorchman
Daily reminder that your waifu is shit. That is all.
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
While fighting a Lucas, I did Bayo's up taunt, then I remembered what happened to Lucas's Mom in Mother 3. Now I feel bad.
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -