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Fly Guy

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If Cloud is New Age, then Fly Guy is old age, and I mean that in the best way. Defying today's 3D photorealistic games, Fly Guy consists of black-and-white line drawings that look as if they had been done by James Thurber.

Fly Guy, a balding, portly man in a suit with pants hitched up, looks 30ish the decade, not the age. He starts off bored, waiting at a bus stop. But as soon as you start playing with the arrow keys, he rises in the air with a gracefulness that belies his every pudge.

As a sprightly piano plays on the sound track, you guide Fly Guy among the clouds, a duck, an ever wise holy man, a boxer, and an alien flying a flying saucer, with whom Fly Guy trades some guitar licks. There?s not a whole more to it?a few surprises and more creatures and objects floating through the air--or water. It depends. It has the look of an elaborate, interactive New Yorker Cartoon.

The whole experience is so wry and laid back that is makes Cloud seem as frenetic as a Jim Carrey character. Anyone who plays games a lot would like to be a game designer. Now you can achieve your goal while enjoying a nice plate of spaghetti marinara. Again we have a college to thank for the opportunity, but instead of the escapist world of Cloud, youre immersed in something more down to earth.

--Ron White

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Fly Guy

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