Fireboy, a little boy made of fire, and Watergirl, a small girl made of water, are characters in the hit two dimensional game series, Fireboy and Watergirl.
First released in 2009, five versions have been released to choose from at the moment, The Forest Temple, The Light Temple, The Ice Temple, The Crystal Temple, and Elements, with rumors of a sixth version coming in the near future.
Right away the game stands out from other flash games, there is not a huge loading screen, nor is there a lot of confusing options to pick from. The menu is very simple and to the point to get started. One or two players can choose to play with no additional set up or controllers needed. If only one player will be playing, they will guide both characters, if two players will be playing, one will control and guide Fireboy while the other will guide Watergirl at the same time.
The point of the game Fireboy And Watergirl is very easy, get both Fireboy and Watergirl from one end of the map to the other safely, however as the characters progress through each map, the challenges get tougher. Players quickly will learn that Fireboy can not under any circumstance touch blue puddles (water), the opposite is true of Watergirl, she can not touch the red puddles (fire). Neither Fireboy or Watergirl can touch the black or green puddles. If either touches a puddle that does not match their corresponding color the character will instantly die, leaving them with no option but to restart the level so they can try again.
Throughout each level the characters find themselves facing different puzzles in order to move along the map. Sometimes it’s simple as pushing a box in order to jump onto the next floor, other times it is more trickier, requiring the teamwork of both Watergirl and Fireboy. Players know they have successfully reached the end of each level when they enter their appropriate door, one is labelled for each of them.
Each game in the series offers a twist from the last game, for example, in The Crystal Temple the characters use crystal mirrors where-as in the Light Temple, players will use light. In the Ice Temple, Watergirl isn’t as fast as Fireboy.
Fireboy and Watergirl has won multiple awards and has players of all ages drawn to it. The game itself doesn’t require high graphics, it is easily accessible, and is hard to stop once started. Everyone is anxiously awaiting to see if a sixth title appears in the series, until then players will continue challenging themselves in the first five.