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Puddle

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Description

Puddle is a reworked version of the 2010 student game of the same name largely by the original team. Just like the initial title it is a physics-based game where the player indirectly controls a different type of liquid in each environment. Control is indirect as only the screen can be tilted left or right to change the liquid's flow. It needs to be guided to the end of the level with a certain amount of liquid left inside the puddle to complete the stage. Parts of the liquid can be lost through various hazards and the player needs to avert it with quick movement to make it flow safely. Compared to the original game, much of the initial visual style is still present but many more environments have been added or reworked. These include a Nursery set of levels in the woods and some take place inside a human body, a laboratory and a sewer. Liquid can be used to open up platforms with its mass.

Fire is the main enemy as it causes evaporation, but each environment has its own hazards such as venus flytraps that slow the liquid down or rotating blades that cut it in half. At times it is required to slow down to make sure the different drops stay together, as the ones that stay behind eventually disappear out of view, cannot catch up, and become lost permanently. Some levels have shorter, time-based challenges where a passage needs to be opened up by pushing against a lever. Not all levels are entirely based around liquid. In one the player controls a burning of pot of sodium chloride to activate a sprinkler system. In another a glass snowball needs to be guided around without causing it to break. In yet another a metal, triangular shape needs to be moved around. In some levels typical characteristics of liquids are used, such as yellow jodium chloride that turns black and burns through organic tissue or ammonium nitrate that is used as a fertilizer to make plants grow. Later levels are set in the stratosphere where gravity is different as the liquid floats upwards and needs to be guided through air control.

Lives are called "whines" and come in a limited number. The game contains secret levels that can be unlocked.

Screenshots

Puddle Windows pink fluid
Puddle Windows anti-gravity
Puddle Windows adventures in laboratory
Puddle Windows Go to down

Alternate Titles

  • "Puddle THD" -- Android title

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The Press Says

Jeuxvideo.com PS Vita Aug 02, 2012 17 out of 20 85
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames Android Oct 01, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Nintendo-Online.de Wii U Dec 06, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Wii U Dec 04, 2012 16 out of 20 80
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 3 Jan 31, 2012 16 out of 20 80
IGN PlayStation 3 Jan 31, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Wii U Dec 07, 2012 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Mag'64 Wii U Dec 23, 2012 7 out of 10 70
IGN Wii U Feb 22, 2013 6.8 out of 10 68
Destructoid Wii U Jan 31, 2013 6.5 out of 10 65

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Contributed to by Sciere (251874), Kabushi (122056) and Iggi (4509)