In Flow you control an organism by steering it with the mouse pointer and clicking to speed it up. The goal is
to swim around in a looping layer of fluid eating other organisms and cells to power up, avoiding the mouths of
other organisms, and descending further into the ocean.
It's totally unremarkable. The controls are a little too loose. The scrolling has a problem with centering the
player (it can even lose track of him completely). The design is a double whammy of crudeness and imbalance
(think of Pac-Man consisting of no mazes, mostly dots, very few ghosts, no scoring, and little punishment
or reward). The graphics are just circles and a couple of lines, and scenario development means a slightly darker
background. The music is just a couple of random tones.
Some people call it a masterpiece. I wonder if these people would say the same after playing Mary Kate and
Ashley: Winner's Circle for the Game Boy Color. The design is of a similar caliber, but the graphic designers
were competent enough to try to represent things as complex as horses and bushes, and the musicians were talented
enough to arrange notes into melodies and then melodies into compositions. According to the critical standards of
these people, this game would be even better than a masterpiece. Fortunately their standards haven't caught on,
as it would mean the bar would be set so low that criticism itself would become meaningless outside the function
of a circle jerk.
Even among Flash games (i.e. games so basic the only excuse to play them as a human who values their limited
life force is if there are no other options available) it is nothing special. A similar game called Fishy
is slightly better as it has more stuff to dodge, scoring, and a song, and that game is just a shooter with
loose controls, bad patterns, and no shooting, not to mention the audiovisual deficiencies.
Anyway if you're in the mood for a simple game with simple graphics, you might want to try something that's also
well designed like Soukoban, Lode Runner, Solomon no Kagi, or Wonder Boy.
If you want a really relaxing game that doesn't require much thought or reflexes I'd recommend trying
out a good DVD. They only require a handful of button presses to operate and the audiovisuals will be
much more stimulating than circles and tones.