Puddle is a psychics based puzzle game that has you control a puddle of fluid may it be lava or water through a series of levels that require platforming to complete. Puddle plays in a similar fashion to Nintendo’s 3DS eShop title Fludity in which you also solve puzzles with a puddle of liquid.
Surprisingly there’s some story behind the puzzles of Puddle. You begin at a water house where some coffee is spilled and from then on the coffee is converted from one liquid to another to at one point even becoming lava. It’s a clever way to add story behind the different liquid properties when progressing through the 9 sections of the single player mode. As I just mentioned, each section introduces new liquid properties that change-up the essence of the levels. For example in one section your liquid is an explosive chemical that reacts to any fast motion making the gameplay slow down and the player be weary of his actions while in another section your liquid is a puddle of oil that must avoid any heat. Additionally, you’re not always controlling the actual puddle itself but objects holding the liquid. For example in one level you control a beaker filled with chemicals that you must maneuver around the stage to turn off upcoming lasers that would destroy said beaker.
Puddle Review For PSN Version
Levels get progressively more difficult as you make your way through the different sections of Puddle although the game gives you the option to “whine and skip” levels a limited amount of times. The game takes about five hours to complete if you just rush through the story mode. However, upon completing each level you’re given a ranking of either Au, Ag, or Cu (Gold, Silver, and Copper) so it’s encouraged that you go back to each level and try earning a gold ranking on each level. There’s also a list of in-game challenges to accommodate the lacing achievement system in the Wii U. In addition there’s an online leader board where you can compete with your friends or anyone else playing Puddle world-wide.
On the Wii U version of Puddle, players can control the camera of the game with either the Gamepad’s motion controls, the ZL/ZR buttons, and the left analogue stick. You’re also able to turn off the entire hud of the game removing the score and time limit from the screen ultimately making the game for immersive. Additionally, the Wii U version of Puddle allows for off TV screen gameplay allowing the player to play the entire game which can be beaten in about 5 hours solely on the Wii U Gamepad. Sound design is good with the sound of the liquids moving through pipes and valves matching the movement of your puddle. Music is ok, it’s actually barely even there through most of the levels in Puddle with the acception of the neat pixel section that I don’t want to spoil.
While the 3D design of gameplay looks simple, you shouldn’t judge this book by its cover as there’s more than meets the eye with Puddle. It’s a fun physics puzzle game that maybe short in terms of hours to complete, but it’s certainly more challenging than it looks like. Levels get progressively more difficult by adding new liquid properties to your puddle making each section of levels different. If you love puzzle games or were a fan of Fluidity on the Wii or 3DS, Puddle is definitely a game you should pick up, but if you’re easily turned down but difficult puzzles this may not be the title for you.
Thank you Neko Entertainment for providing us with a press copy of the game to review.