Puddle oozes out its intricate and delicate physic based puzzling dilemmas onto PlayStation 4, but do we have a murky splodge of dark mass or a flowing tidal wave of pure water?
Puddle is a journey, a dive into liquid physics. Controlling each type of liquid form needs only a delicate touch on the left and right triggers, which tilts the various platforms, levers, branches and even blood vessels sending a surge of liquid homeward bound. Different hazards such as fire, carnivorous plants, lasers, razor sharp wheels and even human intestines all lay in wait to evaporate, melt and steal your delightful mess of liquid.
Puddle is a trial and error platformer and a game of skill. Winding paths full of twists and turns means there is always going to be spillages along the way, but lucky for you only a trickle of liquid is needed to be preserved and poured down the end plug hole. Guiding liquids though different scenarios and letting the liquids do the hard work for you may not push the power of the PlayStation 4, but as you progress the game opens up its world and pours over a unique download title on PSN.
Once you tilt your way past the first few levels the game clicks and unleashes a constant fresh flowing experience. It’s always clear what to do and where to head to next. Puddle does deliver some extra special moments like guiding a glass beaker along its way without spilling a drop or the human body level that brings a secience lesson to the game. Puddle shows it’s quite ingenouse side often. Not only do the different levels throw up different machanics, each level continues a journey from one situation to another and in turn following your friendly liquid becomes fun and addictive.
An annoying feature that becomes apparent is when your liquid splits up. The camera only follows the leading pack of liquid, resulting in the other half getting lost along the way. Turns out your blob that you lovingly cared for is somewhere off screen but sadly won’t re-join its chums. More points are awarded for more liquid saved naturally, so saving every last drop can be a very difficult proccess indeed.
Puddle’s soundtrack, while not being a muddy affair at all, spills out strange and wonderful ambient tones that slither and slide all over the on screen juggling and create a perfect gaming atmosphere. With 49 levels in 8 various environments and Difficulty modes Normal and Extreme, Neko Entertainment’s first PS4 release definitely offers a lasting puzzle.
Take a dip into Puddle, it’s a fascinating splash of fun and offers PlayStation 4 owners a cheaper priced puzzler that is just about worth very drop.
Lizard Rating 7/10