Adorable. Fun. Adorable Fun.
Fluffy is a puzzle platformer that’s as fun to play as it is to look at.
You play as a small, black fluff ball reminiscent of the Soot Sprites often seen in Miyazaki films. You also control a smaller, ‘pet’ fluff with fairy wings. The environments are bright and colorful, and they have an oil or acrylic paint aesthetic. Fluffy’s music, while a bit on the loud side, is full, sweeping and rich.
The objective is to guide both puffs to the come cave at the end of the stage before the rain begins. Players use A, S, D, and SPACE to move the main puff and control the smaller one with the right mouse button or by gently nudging it across the screen. It takes a fair bit of coordination to get the fluff balls to work in tandem, but when you get the hang of it, victory is that much more satisfying. At times, jumps feel a bit floaty and landings are slippery, making hazards and ledges a bit more frustrating, but not enough to detract from the fun.
The title screen has a level select scroll that automatically updates after each new stage is unlocked. Not only does this act as a saving mechanism, but it’s great for revisiting favorite levels or practicing stages which were particularly challenging.
As fun as Fluffy is, there are a few minor problems.
If the main fluff ball falls off the stage, it is instantly respawned at the point of death. However, if the pet falls, it cannot be respawned or called from off-screen. So it leads to the player having to jump around or sit and wait until the timer runs out. Also, the time allotted feels too short for the stage. Even with practice and precision, some stages don’t even leave a second to spare when trying to get to the goal, making every mistake a huge setback.
“A solid game, and for the price, you can’t go wrong”
The main gripe I have is that Fluffy begs to be played on a touchscreen. The simple mechanics and drop-in-drop-out gameplay would be much more at home on a tablet or smartphone than it is on keyboard and mouse.
However, it’s still a solid platformer, and for the price, you really can’t go wrong.