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formation.gifJohnBWhile it looks like an oh-so-simple avoid the object game, Brian Cable's Formation adds a tough new twist. Instead of simply moving one object around the screen to avoid the falling dots, you must control an entire formation of balls that rotate and periodically change position. Touch one of the flashing white orbs that fall from the top of the screen and it becomes part of your formation, thus forcing you to be mindful of yet another ball's position and causing your brain to hurt.

The one saving move you have in the game is the ability to shrink by holding down the mouse button. Normally your score increases as time goes by, but while in compact mode your score counts down. The goal of Formation is to get as high of a score as you can and proudly list your name on the top of the online score board. While it's certainly tempting to hold the mouse button down and never let go, you must resist the urge. Grabbing one of the flashing white orbs will clear the screen, but the going will be ten times more difficult with a larger formation to contend with.

Analysis: After playing a few rounds of this game, my brain really does hurt. It's tough having to keep track of a whole set of objects, their location on the screen and where the falling orbs are while simultaneously extrapolating your formation's path and choosing where you can go for safety. On the other hand, I'm sure it's a great way to train yourself to be a watchful parent of several children.

Everything about Formation is bare-bones simple. The visual presentation definitely won't win any awards, the music is fine and is easy to forget about when you're so intently focused on your collection of orbs. The mouse controls are fluid and offer precision movement if you can keep a steady hand. It's a simple diversion that offers something a little different in a genre of games we're so familiar with.

Play Formation

Cheers to Rhys and Christian for sending this one in!

12 Comments

This game is cool...

Keep it up guys!

-DJ-

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Very challenging! I liked and hated the formation change, depending on whether I was in impending doom or not.

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omg

this is a hard game :p

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lol,

5th try
i got 25-- points

dunno the numbers into the tens :o

nickname on the highscore list : nemesis

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Oh yeah, 1876 second time round - much was down to luck though I think!

Really like this one jay, gonna keep me busy for a while - very addicting.

Is there an order in which the spinning changes or is it just random? I can't get into the rhythm of it...

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Wahey! My suggestion went through! My top score is just over 9000, but that was after quite a while of practice.

I've played it so much I even named the damn formations. I feel I should make some kind of club...

Anyway, thanks for posting this!

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Toe twisting, teeth grinding, buttock clenching fun.

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Ezrabbit March 7, 2007 5:37 PM

Cool, but the music gets a bit maddening.

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lopsidation March 7, 2007 7:23 PM

Strangely enough, I think the game gets EASIER sometimes when you grab the white dots. Here's my rating for numbers of white dots:
4:Average. 5 out of 10.
5:TOUGH. 9 out of 10.
6.strange. 7 out of 10.
7.hard/weird. 7 out of 10.
8.AWESOME!!! 2 out of 10, that's right, 8 is the easiest!
9.medium hard. 6.5 out of 10.

I usually try to get to 8 as soon as possible, and then do a dance around the dots. 8 has only 1 hard formation (the huge wheel.)
Awesome game!

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hmm good obserbation lopsidation- 8 is pretty easy

you can cheat though:

move your formation all the way to the right and then click a bit outside of the game
when i did that, my white thing dissapeared...
to bad i am having a hard time submitting my stuff (it says i submit, but nothing goes through :P)
can anyone else do this? or just me.

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my best negative score is 7,000.

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I got 1475!

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