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Vessel

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WindowsEurogamer.it
Insomma, Vessel ci è piaciuto veramente un sacco sotto tutti gli aspetti: originalità del concept di base, varietà dei puzzle, realizzazione tecnica e gameplay. Se proprio vogliamo andare a trovare un difetto, bisogna evidenziare la difficoltà di controllo della versione PC via mouse e tastiera, non del tutto fluido e preciso come avremmo sperato. Il supporto completo al joypad di Microsoft rimedia ampiamente a questa mancanza e fa ritornare il gameplay di Vessel nella sua giusta dimensione. Tirando le somme, siamo costretti a ripeterci ancora una volta su quanto la scena indipendente stia continuamente guadagnando credibilità e fette di mercato in un'industry in cui i pezzi grossi sono poveri di idee ma ricchi di seguiti. In genere ci si limita a guardare alla sostanza ma stavolta bisogna dire che la forma è altrettanto degna di lode e iscrive d'ufficio questo Vessel alla corsa dei migliori indie game del 2012.
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WindowsInside Gaming
Just like Portal 2, Vessel is about a universally recommended game as can exist. It’s charming, entertaining, stimulating, and a hell of an experience for the price point. While the fuzzy platforming can be a little annoying, it’s a relatively small fly in a ton of awesome ointment. If you enjoy learning or accomplishing, this is the game for you.
90
WindowsGames.cz
Továrna na křehké bubliny a na spoustu nápadů jménem Vessel už se třese, až si rozděláte mydlinky. Nedbejte na to, že o téhle puzzle skákačce nebylo slyšet. Může to být logická hra roku.
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WindowsMMGN
Vessel is a true testament to how far indie games have come. Featuring flawless presentation, and truly unique gameplay, Vessel creates a mesmerising experience that is truly challenging. While casual gamers may find the complex puzzles and 10-15 hours gameplay a little too taxing, for those of you who really want a challenge, you need to pick this up.
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WindowsGameSpy
Frustrating moments aside, Vessel is another shining example of how the independent games scene is flourishing with creativity and originality. At just $14.99, Vessel is around a quarter of the price of a AAA game, but it contains more flair and ingenuity than most blockbuster games can muster. Do yourself a favor and invest in this indie gem, because Vessel is a rich, fulfilling and splash-tastic journey.
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WindowsCalm Down Tom
The combination of tricky physics puzzles with action may not be everyone’s “cup of tea”, but the core game is so fun everyone should give it a go before dismiss it. In addition from what I have seen it is suitable for children as there no real graphical violence of any kind yet it keeps their brains working.
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WindowsGameZebo
Developer Strange Loop Games spent three years creating Vessel, and it’s safe to say that all that work has paid off. They’ve created a challenging puzzle platformer that will surprise, challenge and excite you. For only $14.99 you’ll get plenty of game for your money, much more than many high profile “AAA” have offered in recent times. All of the individual pieces that a lot of games could benefit from having any one of come together so fluidly (sorry, I had to) that you’d be a fool not to pick this one up.
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WindowsMultiplayer.it
Forse non avrà la stessa risonanza di Braid, ma il puzzle platform di Strange Loop Games dimostra per l'ennesima volta come la scena indipendente sia una fucina per le idee più originali e i prodotti più genuini. Vessel racconta il rapporto tra uomini, natura e macchine in maniera magnifica, attraverso meccaniche fresche e puzzle ingegnosi, in un lungo e solitario viaggio attraverso ambienti affascinanti e mai uguali tra loro. Cali di frame e un'intelligenza artificiale non sempre sveglia stridono come unghia su una lavagna, ma ci sono pochi dubbi che questo gioco, venduto a prezzo budget e realizzato da un team con tanta esperienza ma pur sempre minuscolo, si sia già affermato come uno dei puzzle più interessanti dell'anno.
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Windows4Players.de
Die Physik ist der große Star: beim Aufsaugen, Versprühen und Kombinieren verschiedener Flüssigkeiten - die Physik und die vielen knarzenden Hebel, klirrenden Ketten und zischenden Dampfkessel der industriellen Steampunk-Revolution. Ich bin fasziniert von einer Welt, die ich durch Probieren und logisches Experimentieren für mich entdecken konnte! Mit einer direkteren Steuerung könnte die Verbindung von Denksport und Geschicklichkeitsspiel zwar noch umfassender sein und im Grunde entschlüssele ich in Vessel einmal mehr nur die Funktionsweise des finalen Türöffners. Dabei drücke ich aber nicht nur Knöpfe, sondern muss die Eigenschaften vieler Roboter geschickt für meine Zwecke nutzen. Es geht um das clevere Ziehen unsichtbarer Fäden, um die indirekte Kontrolle über autonome Wesen. Und wenn die gelingt, dann fühlt sich Erfolg umso schöner an.
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WindowsIndius
Vous aimez les jeux d'énigmes? les jeux qui vous permettent de jouer un peu avec leur moteur physique? les jeux qui vous renferment dans leur univers tant l'ambiance vous absorbe? Ce jeu est fait pour vous, avec des énigmes dignes d'un bon point'n'click, et aussi huilé qu'un Super Mario Bros. Doté d'une ambiance "steampunk" et "science-fiction", le titre de Strange Loop Games se laisse jouer sans soucis.
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WindowsEveryeye.it
Vessel è una gradita sorpresa nel mondo degli Indie game. Ha un gameplay che riesce a tenere incollati allo schermo ed è un prodotto consigliato a tutti indistintamente. La sicurezza con cui vi invitiamo a considerare l'acquisto deriva dal connubio tra la realizzazione tecnica e dalla presenza di enigmi e puzzle sempre coinvolgenti e divertenti da risolvere, grazie alla riproduzione della fisica dei liquidi che non manca mai di stupire e appagare. Un must have tra i puzzle game, proposto ad un prezzo non eccessivo.
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Windows3D Juegos
Es largo, muy variado, con puzles desafiantes e ingeniosos, un gran acabado tecnológico y artístico, y no aburre en ningún momento. Parece mentira, pero a pesar de ser un título de bajo presupuesto, Vessel ha conseguido reunir en un mismo programa todas aquellas características que se le piden a un buen triple A, aunque no siempre están presentes. Por ello, se ha convertido indiscutiblemente en una compra imprescindible para los fans de los puzles y las plataformas.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Ich bin schnell genervt, wenn meine Spielfigur rumhampelt und sich weigert, genau das zu tun, was ich von ihr verlange. Bei vielen Spielen bin in solch einem Fall eher ich das Problem, bei Vessel sind das Spiel und ich zumindest in gleichen Teilen für derartige Frustmomente verantwortlich. Trotzdem stecken in dem Teil derart viele — verzeihen Sie mir diesen emotionalen Ausbruch - knuffige Ideen, dass ich über die ungenaue Steuerung, das fehlende Feedback und die dröge vorgetragene Story gerne hinwegsehe und wich Stunde um Stunde an den kreativen Rästeln ergötze.
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WindowsEurogamer.be
Vessel is niet een game die iedereen zal aanspreken. Omdat de gelaagde puzzels veel voorbereiding vereisen wordt naast het inzichtelijk vermogen ook het geduld flink op de proef gesteld. Gecombineerd met de rommelige en soms ronduit buggy gameplay zou dit een enorm frustrerende en teleurstellende game kunnen opleveren maar door de fantastische puzzels en de onvergetelijke soundtrack slaagt Vessel er elke keer weer in om de aandacht vast te blijven houden. Schuw je het betere denkwerk niet en ben je bereid de teleurstellende platformsegmenten voor lief te nemen dan zal Vessel zeker niet teleurstellen!
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WindowsEurogamer.de
Vessel gelingt dabei ein gleichmäßiger Ablauf, der in regelmäßigen Abständen neue Ideen einführt und sie langsam komplexer gestaltet, bis es schließlich in einer Verbindung mit allen bisher bekannten Elementen kumuliert. Zwar befindet sich der Titel nicht ganz auf einer Höhe mit Braid oder Limbo, sollte aber von jedem, der diese Spiele zu seinen Lieblingen zählt, beachtet werden. Das einzige wirkliche Manko besteht in der schwammigen Sprungsteuerung. Als Ausgleich stirbt euer Charakter bei einem Ausrutscher nicht zu schnell. Trotzdem kann es vor allem in späteren Gebieten zu Frustration kommen, wenn ihr das Spiel eindeutig für euer Versagen anklagen könnt. Zur Beruhigung solltet ihr dann die Augen schließen und dem grandiosen Soundtrack lauschen, der sich durch seine beruhigenden Klänge schleichend in eurem Gehörgang festsetzt. Unbedingt ausprobieren.
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WindowsGameblog.fr
Vessel reste classique dans son mélange plateforme/puzzle avec la physique des fluides, mais l'ensemble est très bien maîtrisé, du design à la courbe de difficulté. On parcourt l'univers, on déjoue les énigmes et l'on découvre l'histoire avec beaucoup de plaisir. Et vive les Fluros !
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WindowsGamer.nl
Ondanks de paar puntjes van kritiek is Vessel een uitstekende game die gevuld is met ingenieuze en gevarieerde puzzels. Het ruimtelijk inzicht en systematisch denken van de speler wordt flink op de proef gesteld. De doelgroep waar Vessel zich op richt is dan misschien niet al te groot, liefhebbers van 2D-puzzelplatformgames zullen hier geen genoeg van krijgen.
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WindowsThunderbolt Games
It’s difficult to criticize Vessel further because as a puzzler, its primary aim is to create challenging and exciting problems to solve. In this respect, it’s a unanimous success. Clocking in at between eight and ten hours, it’s also a fine DRM-free investment at $15 (or £11.99) on Steam. Whilst technically not as polished as recent 2D successes like Trine 2, Rayman Origins and Super Meat Boy, it has a strong enough USP with its Fluros to stand out from an increasingly-crowded yet creative genre that shows no signs of losing momentum.
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WindowsDarkstation
I think Strange Loop Games had a lot of nice and genuinely cool ideas that were decently executed. For the most part Vessel is fun, creative, and deals very well with fluid dynamics (congratulations to the programmer[s] responsible). It’s a shame that such a crucial component of the game is executed so poorly. However, as the new studio’s first product, Vessel succeeds more than it fails and shows that the studio has the potential to make a truly fantastic game in the future.
80
WindowsGames Radar
Some players may be put off by the patience Vessel can require, but it offers massive rewards for your time. Solving its puzzles feels like a 1,000 watt light bulb flicking on in your brain. It’s a title best played in bursts, so you can quit when you’re stumped and then revisit challenges fresh. Mature pacing and borderline clumsy controls can be a difficult combination, but the visuals, music and brain-bending challenges make for a really satisfying overall experience. Puzzle gamers and fans of challenging indie fair will eat it up, but for average gamers it’s absolutely accessible, just be prepared to chip away at it, not breeze through. Vessel is the perfect Rubix cube to pick up in-between rounds of Horde Mode or long grinds.
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WindowsG4 TV: X-Play
Vessel brings art, music, and some great puzzles to the table. Though messy and not always perfect, anyone who loves playing around with water will want to get their hands dirty with this title.
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WindowsGamers Daily News
Vessel is a really impressive game! The versatile physics, and clever use of multiple environments stretch out more hours of gameplay that I could have expected without becoming too repetitive. I’m actually impressed at the effort to provide such a long game (~10+ hours) with such a limited concept. Really well thought out puzzles and gameplay make this a highly entertaining game for fans of the genre. The many achievements and mystery puzzles with such little direction almost gives the game a sandbox feel to it, which I absolutely love. As fun and interesting as it may be, it eventually does start to drag on, and a few unfortunate bugs may also take away from the game experience.
80
WindowsGame Vortex
Vessel is fun, and will work your brain a bit. I wouldn't say it's anything far beyond the level of puzzles in The Legend of Zelda series, but it's decent enough for a challenge. There's an interesting little world to explore here, challenging in its platforming elements at times. It can also be a nice, rather relaxing journey as well.
80
WindowsIGN
There aren’t gobs of money behind Vessel. It's independent, and the journey isn't always smooth. But cookie-cutter it is not, nor is it garish or sexist or silly or mindless. If you are a patient person who appreciates grey matter workouts and "Eureka" moments, and if you are willing to forgive imperfections, check it out. Gaming needs titles and developers like this.
79
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Vessel is een knappe en sfeervolle puzzelgame die fans van het genre euforisch gelukkig zal maken. Prima vertier voor doorbijters die zin hebben in een pittige hersenkraker.
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WindowsIndie Game Magazine
In all, Vessel is a unique, fun puzzle game that has the misfortune to be part of a catastrophically over-crowded scene. I’m not entirely convinced it’ll be something we’re still talking about a few months down the road, but if you’re not totally fatigued by these kinds of games just yet, then it’s more than worth your time to check this one out. I know that £11 might seem a little bit pricey for an indie game these days, but given Vessel’s rather hefty duration and distinctive brand of puzzle solving, I’d say it’s more than earned that price point.
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WindowsGame Informer Magazine
I like Vessel, but sometimes frustration sat side by side with amusement. The liquid physics on display are impressive, but when they get in the way of otherwise enjoyable gameplay, I’d prefer simplicity over a strict physics simulation. Nonetheless, Vessel has a remarkable style all its own, and your patience is rewarded with a delightful and lengthy adventure.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
In letzter Zeit erscheinen überraschend viele erstklassige Indie-Spiele. Klar, irgendeinen Schwachpunkt haben die kleinen Titel immer, meistens ist das die Grafik. Trotzdem schaffen sie es jedes Mal aufs Neue, mich zu begesitern. Vessel hat mich anfangs mit der eher suboptimalen Steuerung genervt, je mehr ich gespielt habe, desto mehr Spaß hatte ich aber damit. Die Fluros sind eine tolle Idee und ermöglichen so vielfältige Puzzles, dass sie einfach nicht langweilig werden. Dazu kommt der faire Schwierigkeitsgrad, mit ein wenig nachdenken lässt sich jede Maschine reparieren. Wer neue Rätselkost braucht, der kann sich das 14 Euro billige Vessel guten Gewissens zulegen.
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WindowsPC Gamer
If Vessel’s action is sometimes shabby and erratic, at least the fluid simulation is a real novelty for this genre. Every now and again, those dynamic elements come together to deliver a solution that rivals the “Eureka!” moment of any other puzzler. Despite its occasional chaos and fussy foibles, Vessel’s central gimmick just about holds water.
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WindowsGamezGeneration
Vessel ist ein gelungener Puzzle-Plattformer, hilft jedoch nicht darüber hinweg, dass sich dieses Genre immer mehr abnutzt. Wer für Puzzle-Plattformer weiter Sympathien empfindet, der sollte hier durchaus einmal reinschauen. Ich würde empfehlen, vorab bereits bei einer beliebigen Suchmaschine nach Lösungsansätzen für potentiell auftretende Probleme zu suchen.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Sans grande prétention, Vessel est une aventure pleine d'énigmes qui reposent sur les rudiments de la physique. Il demande donc de la patience aux joueurs, ainsi capables de trimer plusieurs minutes sur une énigme sans péter une durite et mettre le feu à la maison. Il ne sera pas difficile de passer outre son manque évident de charisme pour profiter de sa trame intelligente et de sa bonne durée de vie.
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WindowsGameOver (Greece)
Το Vessel είναι ένα ιδιοφυές, φρέσκο και διασκεδαστικό παιχνίδι, που χρειάζεται υπομονή και, ίσως σε σημεία, αρκετή επιμονή. Αν δεν βρίσκεις τη λύση μπορεί να σε κάνει είτε να πεισμώσεις, είτε να το παρατήσεις. Όπως και να' χει πάντως, πιστεύουμε ότι σε όσους αρέσουν οι σπαζοκεφαλιές και τέτοιου είδους puzzle παιχνίδια, θα ενθουσιαστούν και θα αποτελέσει σίγουρη αγορά, ενώ για τους υπόλοιπους μια απλή δοκιμή θα άξιζε τον κόπο. Σε γενικές γραμμές, θα λέγαμε ότι το Vessel έχει διάρκεια περίπου δέκα ωρών, κάτι που μπορεί να διαφοροποιηθεί ανάλογα με τις πνευματικές σας ικανότητες. Δεν ξέρουμε κατά πόσο θα είναι καυτό φέτος το καλοκαίρι, όμως το Vessel αποτελεί μια καλή λύση για να δροσιστείτε!
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WindowsDestructoid
With roughly ten hours of gameplay and little to no filler content, Vessel is a great value. Its main selling point, fluid physics-based mechanics, is also the source of its minor failings. For those not too fatigued with puzzle platformers, it is a solid title oozing with atmosphere and intelligent puzzle design.