We've said it before and we'll say it again: sometimes it helps to keep things simple, especially when it comes to addictive gameplays. I mean, just think Doodle Jump or Fruit Ninja—both are ultimately very simple games, and yet they are major blockbusters.
Flow Free hasn't quite reached the same level of super stardom as the aforementioned apps, but we think it's worth taking a closer look at. Join us!
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.2.1
I first encountered Flow Free on my friend's iPad. My pal had been playing the game for yonks and is a big fan. He convinced me (not that he had to try very hard) to give it a spin and it didn't take long before I was combing the App Center for an Android version to play on my smartphone.
The goal is the connect same-coloured dots together, making sure that the lines needed to connect dots don't cross. There are different game packages to chose from:
Regular Pack (5x5 till 9x9 fields)
Bonus Pack (5x5 till 9x9 fields)
8x8 Mania (8x8 fields)
9x9 Mania (9x9 fields)
Jumbo Pack for Tablets (10x10 till 14x14 field)
Each game package consists of 150 different games and more packages can be picked up in the Play Store.
Aside from the stock game mode you can also see if your nerves really are made of steel in Time Trial mode.
Go to settings in order to regulate the volume or to add letters to the colour dots (this option is made for colour blind users—great!).
Flow Free is based on a very simple game principle, and while the game is so straight-forward it is still lots of fun. Plus, the game can be enjoyed by different age groups (game packages that were designed especially for younger players can be purchased).
I have heard other Flow Free users complain that they lose interest in the game after having played it a few times—I personally feel that it's the type of game that also lends itself to being played for several hours, and hence Flow Free has proved that it has the longevity factor. I installed it over two months ago and still find myself coming back to it every now and then.
Screen & Controls
As mentioned, the gameplay is relatively simple, so it only makes sense that the controls are equally simple and easy to pick up. Just join the dots by running lines between them with you finger. Flow Free is as easy as that.
Speed & Stability
Flow Free has performed solidly ever since I installed it over two months ago.
Flow Free is available for free from the App Center. An ad banner is displayed throughout the game but we didn't find it to be too obtrusive.