Summary: " Puddle " is a nice idea, but rather ruined by its brutal difficulty level. With a more forgiving difficulty level, this would have been a nice, interesting physics-based puzzler, but instead its super frustrating. If you’re a hardcore puzzle fan, then this is probably a pretty good choice. For any casual fans, I’d stay clear, because you’ll just get stuck early on. The fact the game look and controls so well will only add to your annoyance at what could have been!
Excerpt: Have you ever watched a puddle of liquid? Have you ever watched the forms it takes when manipulated by the environment? Yeah, me neither, but you will be paying close attention to how a pool...
Pros: + Beautiful art style, + Great variety in the levels
Cons: Restarts take too long, High difficulty due to trial and error
Conclusion: Puddle is a neat little game, with decent visuals and addictive gameplay which is simple to pick up, but tricky to master - which is always the sign of a good mechanic. New types of level are introduced every now and then, such as using the shoulder buttons to generate blood pressure in the veins of a human, but it never strays far from the core idea, which means it isn't as compelling as it could be.
Excerpt: Having a game win an award in the Independent Games Festival can be a tremendous start to a small developer. Portal, Alien Hominid and several others got a tremendous boost from the festival. So, when you see that a game like Puddle was a winner of the Student Showcase in the Independent Games Festival, there [...
Excerpt: Spill coffee in real life, and you've got a mess. Upend a cup in Puddle , and a simple adventure in fluid dynamics begins. As your trigger fingers tilt the world left and right, gravity and momentum coax liquids through perilous obstacle courses. Cross each finish line quickly and with enough fluid left, and you’ll earn a medal and unlock the next two-dimensional track.
Pros: + Simple controls; interesting range of fluids; themed environments with varied obstacles.
Cons: ? Did we really need to see a dude pee on a rat?
Conclusion: Puddle is rated T for Teen with ESRB descriptors of Fantasy Violence, Crude Humor, and Mild Blood. Violence only comes from breaking objects with your water glob, and the crude humor and blood only come from the human body levels, assumingly. I’d be OK with any kid playing this game, honestly, but the strongest reason why this game is best for older gamers is the high challenge level.
Excerpt: Summary [9 out of 10] I heard this game described an a Chillaxin’ (Chilling/Relaxing) city building simulation. That description describes A Kingdom for Keflings really well. The whole game is about building up a mid-evil city at your own pace.
Excerpt: Few of us will think much about the liquids we use. We fill our vehicles with oil and gas, use water to brew our tea, pour detergent into the necessary appliances for clothes and dishes, and dump drain cleaner down the tubes. We take it for granted that these fluids flow into the assortment of everyday items they're used with. In basic terms, it's nothing more than the simple assembly of elemental cause and effect.