Platform games are amongst the most widely-played video games on the planet and the platform game genre was the vehicle that delivered us such absolute classics like Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Super Metroid. Platform games are also quite a common occurrence in the flash game world since they are relatively easy to get to grips, being picked up quickly by gamers that don't wish to mess around with complicated controls and simply want to get stuck into the action. Finding a platform game that truly stands out is quite a rare occurrence even with the thousands of games available all across the internet, but the ever-popular Fireboy and Watergirl series from Oslo Albet has quite the reputation of being innovative, original, and extremely entertaining. Fireboy and Watergirl 3 is the third instalment in this wonderfully-designed series, marking the return of the duo to our computer screens with a multitude of puzzles for us to conquer.
The premise of Fireboy and Watergirl as a series is that you must overcome a variety of platform-based predicaments in order to escape each level, overcoming obstacles and dangerous traps along the way. The twist on the whole thing is that you control not one but two main characters: Fireboy is controlled using the directional arrows whilst Watergirl must be moved with the WASD configuration. The idea is basically to get each character to their respective exit doors that bear markings matching each particular character. Whether you have the skill to control both characters simultaneously or whether you eek them towards their exits individually, this mechanic is fairly revolutionary in its approach and is what makes the game (and also the series) stand out from the crowd and also classic platform games such as Sonic the Hedgehog.
The beauty of Fireboy and Watergirl 3 is that completing the levels isn't particularly difficult, but completing them quickly enough to earn an A grade whilst collecting all of the gems is extremely challenging. As well as getting each character to collect gems of the corresponding colour, you must also look out for puddles of water (which are harmful to Fireboy), puddles of lava (harmful to Watergirl), and also black puddles (harmful to both). By utilising the environment in a tactical way and guiding both characters on the routes that they are best suited for, you can complete each level and move on to the next, but the satisfaction of earning an A grade may compel you to repeat the level until you achieve this goal.
In conclusion, this series hasn't earned its glowing reputation and massive popularity by being bad at what it does. In this respect, it is much like fellow platform-rpg game Armed With Wings in that it does what it does incredibly well, The dual-character control system and the multitude of puzzles as well as some pretty slick and stylish graphics to boot all combine to make a pretty outstanding platform gaming experience. Though FBWG 3 can slow down in the busier levels due to its graphics, this is a minor and forgivable problem given the quality of the game in general. The whole thing can get quite challenging, though, so playing this third version of Fireboy and Watergirl Hacked could very well save you some frustration and allow you to experience the brilliance of the series without any of the frustration.