If you are easily frustrated, or thrive
on finite control within the confines of a game, then there is a game NOT
Tranquility, a multi-platform online computer
game from TQWorld, is bedeviling, addictive, and can either drive you over
frustration’s edge, or lull you into its three-dimensional spinning world.
The creators of the game advertise this
product as having soothing effects. Perhaps not, but if you play it long
enough, you will find the ever-changing colored patterns pleasing. The
game concept is, at once, simple and diabolical.
The goal of the game is to float through
a spinning orb, distinguished from all other objects by its motion and
shape. The world is three-dimensional, and the orb is hidden in swirling
geometric shapes that act as platforms to propel you higher. Essentially
you bounce. You can go through the bottom of the platforms and be boosted
upwards. But should you hit the top of a platform, you will bounce upwards.
Aside from the moving geometric shapes,
the world itself is black. You can see the gameboard, and you can easily
rotate your view to look around.
This game also is amazingly simple in terms
of controls. The mouse controls all your movement. Turning, moving forward,
slowing backwards, it all takes a light touch. You can use the mouse button
to accelerate downwards, and the spacebar will help your jumps.
Once you run through a spinner, you advance
along the path toward perfection within the game. You begin as a neophyte,
then advance to adept by succeeding in finding and flying through the spinner.
The game can be mesmerizing. The swirl
of patterns may contain other elements, and at times it looked as though
words were written in the twisting spires
The game is a download from TQWorld and
includes 147 ranks and realms, a TQ “relaxation station,” a world builder,
and cards that can be collected and you bounce and float through the realms.
The game is scored, so you can replay and try to increase your score on
Tranquility is a single-player online game
that is enjoyable and challenging. It boasts a soothing effect, and perhaps
it does do just that. However, the bottom line is that it is a game that
entertains and will eat up hours of game time.
There are no save points throughout a
game, thus requiring players to complete a level before they can quit the
game and resume with scores intact. Once launched, the game plays very
This game is bright, colorful and though
the animation is nothing that will stun you, the overall look of the game
will delight and intrigue. It may be somewhat simplistic but it is very
The sound of this game emulates the look
it is soothing and really supports the look of the program.
The controls are simple, but the challenge
lies in finding the spinner and then targeting in on it as you descend.
The game has other features, which will help players slow the game down
to advance easier.
It is often the seemingly simple things
that provide an above-average amount of pleasure, and Tranquility hops
on that bandwagon.
Having to complete a ranking level in
order to quit and keep your progress is a drawback, but not insurmountable.
Just make sure you allocate enough time before you play to complete the
level. You may be able to perfect your control in a five-minute period,
but you will not be able to complete a level. While the game concept may
be simple, accomplishing the task at hand is not. However this is an enjoyable
diversion. This game can be played online using a PC or Macintosh.