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Coral

Type Set

Coral makes you think on your fingers.

By Steve Heisler • October 10, 2012

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Coral recreates the feeling of falling in a dream. You don’t know how you started falling, and you don’t know when the fall’s going to end. Maybe part of you remembers the urban legend that if you die in a dream, you die in real life. But another, more immediate part thinks, “Whoa, I can fly!” So you try to control it, to soar in the nebulous void of your subconscious. Only, try as you might, you can’t. You just keep on falling.

There’s a lot that spins through your mind in that moment (it’s not called lethargic eye movement, after all), and Coral is just as cognitively sticky. Using the middle row of letter keys on your keyboard, you navigate brushstroke bubbles up or down until they align with an empty space. The rub, though, is that many of these bubbles rise and fall simultaneously, requiring different combinations of letters and often moving at different speeds. So holding the A and G keys might cause one to rise, but G and L forces another down, and managing these different forces inflicts pain on the part of your brain that learned typing skills in seventh grade.

Balancing four bubbles at once is a feat of brainy strength, one that the game asks of you quite often. There’s a high-score leaderboard here, but Coral isn’t about one-upping anonymous players. It’s a game that makes you prove to yourself that if you think hard enough, you can fly.

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227 Responses to “Type Set”

  1. Merve says:

    This game makes me wish I had four hands.

  2. Mercenary_Security_number_4 says:

    “Coral recreates the feeling of falling in a dream.”

    so this game kicks you up a dream level?  Cool, I am sick of this one.

  3. BarbleBapkins says:

    I got to the first level with four circles, and it quickly became apparent what an uncoordinated mess I am. Quite frankly, it’s impressive it only took me 5 failed attempts and 37 minutes to type this comment.

  4. trilobiter says:

    This is exactly the sort of game I’m bad at, but I do like the design a lot.

    • The_Misanthrope says:

       It would be interesting to see a version of this with multiplayer (though that may have been one of the unlockable modes that I was too inept to unlock); it would be a keyboard-centred version of Twister!