Puddle is a 2D puzzle game, released earlier in the year for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Recently the game was released on the PS Vita and seemed like the perfect fit for the handheld device, with it’s pick up and play style.
The game centres around a ‘puddle’ of fluid which you must control in order to get from A to B by effectively tilting the environment around you. The PS Vita specific features such as the gyroscope or back touchpad can be used as well as the more conventional analogue stick or shoulder button controls.
Puddle starts with you controlling a cup full of coffee, which you must spill over the table edge to start the journey through the level. Of course it’s not quite so straight forward, and there are plenty of obstacles and puzzles to work through. For example, when controlling water (another early fluid type), fire will prove to be the major hazard, and traveling over the various flames will evaporate the liquid and decrease the total amount of fluid under your control. Lose too much liquid and it’s game over. A test tube in the top left hand corner provides a guide as to how much fluid you currently control, and dipping below the red line indicator will fail the level. Fortunately the game offers up an option to skip any tricky levels by using one of the four available ‘skip and whines’.
When you complete a level, you’ll earn a bronze, silver or gold medal based on your performance. This adds replayability as you try and beat previous scores or take on your friends with the online leaderboards.
As you progress through the game, the levels become harder and you need to use one or two of those level skips. Doing so however, will mean you won’t be able to collect the trophy for that particular level. With 11 bronze, 2 silver and a gold trophy to go after, Puddle will certainly keep you coming back to get that 100% record.
Levels vary in size and can take as little as 30 seconds or as much as 3 minutes to complete. There are a total of 49 levels to work through, which are spread over 8 chapters. These chapters range from different locations such as a laboratory, the sewers or personal favourite the human body. Here you are consumed by a human being and have to work the liquid through various passages and organs until you eventually exit the body. Which is very entertaining indeed!
The graphics are quite cartoony in effect and certainly resemble other Vita games such as Tales from Space. At times the framerate can seem to drop a little when there is a lot going on, but fortunately this doesn’t spoil the game. The sound in general is okay, but you may want to listen to custom music whilst playing, as it’s not the strongest element of the game.
Overall Puddle is a solid PS Vita puzzle game, with the length of each level just about right for a handheld device. Difficulty-wise, Puddle will keep you going for a while, and some levels can be rather frustrating to complete. Luckily those level skips come in handy, before you decide to throw the Vita out of the window and with a little patience, completing the game is achievable and certainly within reach of most people.
UsednReviewed Score : 8/10
Useful links :