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
Excerpt: Physics-based action games are nothing new in the industry, but it’s always nice to see what different development teams do with the concept. When Sony released LocoRoco a few years ago for PSP, many marveled at the creative presentation, but also dug the tilt-based gameplay. And we wouldn’t dare forget about Taito’s Cameltry , which got its start way back on the SNES before becoming a sleeper hit on iOS platforms.
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: The premise of Puddle is such: your job is to get a liquid from point A to point B by tilting the screen using the left and right triggers. Easy, right? Wrong. The premise is simple, but that doesn’t mean that the game itself is easy. The player has to deal with things like momentum, friction, gravity, and whatever consistency the fluid has.
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: Usually when I get games for review, I sit down, play for as long as I can stand it (or my work schedule affords), get to the end and begin writing. There are exceptions to my set way of doing things, like when reviewing impossibly long and complex games (where the game would be on the bargain shelf before I finished everything) or ridiculously short games, like those available on the iPhone.