Yes, Flash Focus is one of those special games that aimed to make your life a little better. The result is a game that can be fun, I'll acknowledge that, but in the end it's just one more game that you'll play for a month or so until you forget its existence.
When it begins, you have to create a save file. The game's mascot, an 8-bit character who moves like a 16-bit sprite, welcomes you in this new game. He begins by explaining a few bits of information about your eyes and your vision. All of this is very interesting, I'll admit, but it's mostly things we already know. The game claims to improve the player's ability to “make rapid and accurate situational judgments”. How so? By helping you train your eyes as well as your focus. Once the introductory text is done, you are asked to confirm the calendar's date. After this is done, the character continues with his explanation of the eye's abilities, such as peripheral vision, eye movement, dynamic visual acuity and more.
However, before the game can let you train fully, you have to pass three basic tests. The first of those tests have you following the movements of three boxes, one of which contains a green dot. After the boxes finished moving, you must tap the one containing the dot. It's like those games played on the side of the street by con artists. Except this one doesn't have any dirty tricks. It goes for five rounds, with increasing speed.
The second training game is called Number Flash, and it trains momentary vision. Basically, a number will flash on the top screen for less than a second; after which you must re-type the number that appeared on the top screen. While not exactly difficult of a game, the number increases in size each time you win, so it gets hard to remember all the digits.
The game strongly encourages you to come back every day to pass the eye age test and see if you're doing better or worse. The whole eye age process will become more complicated when you jump into the real game, with graphs for your scores and other things.
Now that I've covered all this, what is left to talk about? ...Well, the mini-games, of course! Ten core training games and seven sport training games can be found. You unlock the sports games as you spend days playing with Flash Focus and putting marks on the in-game calendar. Since those are the more boring ones in concept, let's look at the core training games. Of course, there's Box Track, Number Flash and Box Tap. But I already talked about those, and it would be repetitive to talk about them again, so... here are the seven others,
All the mini-games in Flash Focus are available in Normal and Hard mode. You always begin with Normal mode, however once you've proven that you were good in that mini-game and once enough days have passed, you unlock Hard mode which, as you could guess from the title, starts off at a high difficulty. Also, for each of those mini-games, you can see your progress on graphs. Also, guess what? All the mini-games can give you a score up to 100, and it keeps track of your high scores.
So far, it seems like a below-par kind of game. Those little games? Yeah, they're kind of boring after a while. I'll be perfectly honest here. I got tired of seeing so many Cs. Right now, I don't see so many reasons to recommend it... Wait, what's this? “Sports Training”? Really?
Football: Whoa, is the opponent team made of a hundred members? You slide your character left and right to avoid the enemy footballers coming at you. Fairly simple, and quite fun. Just reach the end to finish this mini-game.
For those games, the graphics are really great. The modeling is good, the games are fun... everything about those sport games is better than the other exercise games. They're truly the most awesome part of this game. I'm not a fan of sport games, yet I really like those seven mini-games.
|Just compare the two! Which one would you prefer to play?|
So, what can I say about this game? Well, since it's a personal trainer, you have to come back to it once per day, in order to unlock more things. Not to mention that the game will tell you whenever you miss a day. What this kind of game doesn't understand is that sometimes, we have lives outside of gaming, so much that there are moments when we just aren't able to plat on one day. It goes beyond that, too; as other gamers will have more than just one game, and thus will usually prefer other, better, more popular games. As an example, I'd rather play Just Dance 3 or Pokémon HeartGold than Flash Focus. And sometimes, I'm so busy with other games that I forget the daily training of those personal trainers.
In the end, those games serve only one purpose, and thus will fall (nearly) forgotten in one's collection. I see the appeal, after all these games are the proof that gaming isn't just about watching a story unfold or test one's reflexes and talents anymore; now, it's also about making our lives better by ameliorating as aspect of them. Sadly, even if those games have good intentions, in the end you'll forget about it as better games come in your collection.
Maybe the quality of the game's modes has something to do with its quality. Flash Focus offers daily training that can be interesting; the mini-games could also be good ideas. Sadly, ten of them are basic and get very repetitive after a while, to the point of being BORING. They're barely saved by the sport training games, which are much better but too few or not present enough to save it. Sadly, there are only seven of those, so chances are that they'll bore you after a while. All in all, this game will fail to fulfill your expectations. However, if you truly want to ameliorate your eyes' abilities, it's certainly a must-buy.
Which is not to say that you'll play with it for a very long time, either.