For the gamer that enjoys head-scratching puzzles and appreciates attractive graphics, Tupsu (The Furry Little Monster) is sure to entertain. As a physics-based puzzle game, it delivers a string of tough, but pleasantly challenging levels. Using a small, strange, and furry creature’s eyes for movement, the player connects to floating islands as she strives to collect as many stars as possible. Getting around requires some creativity as Tupsu can only move through a series of latch on, pull, fall, and swing motions; it does not simply walk forward. Each level promises it’s own unique obstacle to the ever-elusive stars. The difficulty of the game varies by level, but it’s “think outside the box” nature guarantees a challenge even to those players that are more advanced. Players younger than seven may find it a little too difficult, although controls are simple and academic skills are not required.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
The player has to learn an unconventional form of movement in order to effectively control Tupsu and it's eyes, which takes a little time to get used to. Of course, it seems just after the player gets a hang of it, Tupsu magically grows a second eye, which becomes another learning process. The levels offer their own special surprises as well, such as a switch to reverse gravity. As the game keeps her mind on its toes, her ability to stretch her thinking and explore new options is practiced and strengthened. She must constantly explore new ways to interact with floating islands, rocks, boxes, and more, as previous methods just won't always cut it. She may need to use a box as a pseudo-island to latch on to in one level, while she may need it to block a pathway to avoid floating away after reversing gravity in another level. To make it past one level after another, she will have to "think outside the box" and constantly rediscover ways to interact with Tupsu and the unusual world around it.
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
Quite a few levels in the game are tricky enough to stump a player for five or ten minutes, or more! Part of the challenge is seeing the difficulty as something to overcome and then feel good about, as opposed to perhaps seeing it as frustrating or annoying. Strong Focus skills are the key to sticking with things when she is stalled or at a loss. The game's fun factor makes it enjoyable for her to pick her own brain in order to unravel each level's puzzle (without forgetting those stars!). Beating a level that has stumped her for some time is personally rewarding, increases her motivation, and makes tackling the next level that much more exciting. Persevering and staying driven when confronted with a good challenge is the key to success in this tricky game. The less effort put into using her Focus skills while playing, the less likely she is to make steady progress in Tupsu (The Furry Little Monster).
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