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Vessel
8.7 out of 10

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Overall 8
8.0

Vessel review

GamesRadar
24 June 2012
  • 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
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Overall 6
6.0
Gameplay 6
6.0
Graphics 6
6.0
Sound 6
6.0

Vessel

Game Boyz
22 June 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.2

Vessel review

PCGamer Online
29 April 2012
  • Conclusion: A novel use of fluids, but sometimes scuppered by cumbersome platforming and the annoyingly happenstance physics.
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Overall 8
8.0

Vessel Review

GamerNode
24 April 2012
  • 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.
  • Pros: Brilliant, out-of-the-box puzzles, Excellent visual presentation
  • Cons: Realistic physics can work against the player, Some puzzles are ridiculously hard
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Overall 8
7.8

Clever Puzzles, Finicky Solutions

Game Informer
4 April 2012
  • 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...
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Overall 7
7.4
Gameplay 8
7.5
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 8
7.6
Longevity 7
7.2

Vessel Review

NowGamer
29 March 2012
  • Summary: Vessel is a fun and quirky puzzler that is a must-have for fans of Braid, Limbo and similar games. Find out why in our PC review.
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Overall 9
9.0

Review: Vessel

New Gamer Nation
28 March 2012
  • Conclusion: If you’re a fan of puzzle-platformers, Vessel is about as good as they get. With fun mechanics, great graphics, and excellent puzzles, Vessel manages to be an all-around impressive title.
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Expert Review

Calm Down Tom
26 March 2012
  • 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”.
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Overall 8
8.0

Vessel Review

G4
21 March 2012
  • 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
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Overall 8
7.8

Vessel

ActionTrip
10 March 2012
  • 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.
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