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Lost Fluid

Ooze And Aahs

Lost Fluid is totally tubular.

By Matt Kodner • June 14, 2013

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Of all the Big E3 Reveals I saw this week, I never thought the new Mario game would be the one to capture my heart. Super Mario 3D World lets Mario et al. traverse the world in see-through pipes, sort of like the pneumatic taxi system in Futurama. Having spent too much time in the depths of an unreliable subway system, I’d be more than happy to take a spin in the tubes of tomorrow. However, until this dream becomes a reality, or at least until Super Mario 3D World comes out, there’s Lost Fluid to fill the tube-sized hole in my heart.

You’re a little blue ball of goo that crash-lands on an inhospitable planet. There are remnants of life here, and luckily the previous resident had a working plumbing system. Since you are a ball of goo and all, the array of pipes are a great way to zip up, down, and around the abandoned outpost. There are a few easily solved puzzles along the way, and it doesn’t take long to tear through the place. Even if Fluid is brief, it still manages a few surprises along the way. But when it comes down to it, the appeal of this game is the slick sensation of gliding on through, from one tube to the next.

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4 Responses to “Ooze And Aahs”

  1. The_Helmaroc_King says:

    I think we can all have a healthy appreciation for a series of tubes.

  2. NakedSnake says:

    I was just talking about how we should go back to the tubes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumatic_tube

    They’re NSA-proof!