Fireboy and Watergirl 3: The Ice Temple
Does your right hand know what your left hand is doing? More importantly, can you make your right hand and left hand do two very different things with precision, all while putting your brain to work solving puzzles? That's the challenge of Fireboy and Watergirl 3: Ice Temple, by Oslo Albet. Your left hand controls Watergirl. Your right hand controls Fireboy. Together, through the magic of your keyboard, they will platform their way around 36 chilly levels.
If you haven't played the series before, you'll want to start with the two beginners tutorial levels, which will explain the basics. Use [WASD] for Watergirl, and [arrow] keys for Fireboy. Some elements, such as light rays and angled mirrors, are carry overs from previous installments and are explained in these tutorial levels. For those familiar with the series, there is an ice tutorial to explain the new hazards. Ice slows down Watergirl and speeds up Fireboy, but Watergirl can go up icy slopes while Fireboy cannot, and neither can jump on icy surfaces.
The overall goal of getting Fireboy and Watergirl to exit together through their marked doors remains the same, as does the importance of grabbing the red and blue gems wherever you can, and of course, you'll want to do it as fast as possible. The number of gems you grab and how fast you do it combines to give you your score. Even if you're not ambidextrous, most of the levels can be completed playing one character at a time, although naturally that way is slower. You can also make this game into an unofficial local multiplayer game if you can get a friend to control one half of the keyboard. Laptops with external keyboards plugged into them work especially well for playing as a team; one person takes the laptop keyboard, the other the external one. Not that I have any reason to know that. Ahem.
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The fact is that even if you do
cheat use out-of-the-box thinking, the puzzles are a fiendish challenge all their own. Some levels require careful planning, others precise timing, still others adroit platforming skills; many, especially in the later levels, require all three. But the game's snowflake-shaped level select menu grants the player access to many different levels quickly, which allows you to try various levels any time you find yourself getting stuck or frustrated. Fireboy and Watergirl 3: Ice Temple is as much of a gem as the ones you collect in it.