Excerpt: Whenever a game has gears, cranks or monocles, the term "steampunk" gets tossed around liberally, but how many games actually use steam as a key gameplay component? In Vessel, steam is kind of a big deal, and so is the water and molten metal you’ll mix to create it. Playing as M.
Pros: The soundtrack, Tough puzzles, Those funny Fluros
Cons: Loose controls, Imprecise platforming, Having your patience tried
Excerpt: In a steampunk world, something has gone horribly wrong. Liquid automatons, normally reliable, have gotten stuck into a self-replicating loop that's gone haywire. It's up their sideburned creator to find out what's wrong, while exploring the implications of a creation he thought he understood.
Summary: An excellent puzzle game with remarkable technical achievements, Vessel is a shining example of the indie scene's potential. Some puzzles border on sadism, but the rest of the game makes up for the occasional frustration.
Conclusion: Concept: Explore a steampunk-style world using detailed liquid physics to solve complex puzzles
Graphics: The exaggerated world of pipes and switches is attractive, and the detailed fluid animation is a sight to behold
Sound: The compelling music fits the theme, but repeats more than I’d like...
Summary: …or why we should play with water guns when we are small Vessel… Strange name for a strange game based in strange world with strange rules and strange concepts… And properly enough, created by a company named “Strange Loop Games”.
Summary: Welcome to the world of Vessel. Living water going went on strike and you are the only man who can whip them back into shape. This physics-puzzler slowly puts you throw the ringer as you not only have to move liquid, but move the simple minded Fluro to get your masterpiece moving again.
Pros: Creative use of both fluid and AI mechanics, Very forgiving, Amazing world filled with sights and music
Cons: Solutions can be a little messy, Added bonuses not really a bonus, Story doesn't really come together
Excerpt: When a glitch prevents you from defeating the game's final boss and the only thing you feel is relief, I'd say it's a pretty good indication that you haven't been having much fun. But unlike the silly games you usually play, Vessel isn't exactly about 'fun'.
Pros: Advanced mind gymnastics for serious puzzle enthusiasts, slightly innovative gameplay reminsicent of that found in Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus, music is sparse but good;
Cons: Repetitive and predominantly boring environments, Vessel is more about hard work than about fun gameplay.