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Puddle review

Its steady drip might feel like Chinese water torture at first, but dive in and you'll find that this Wii U download is far from wet

Start slow, build up. Broadly, games follow this idea, beginning with tutorials, then growing over time. Puddle is no exception, but takes the "start slow" bit a little too literally.

There's much to dislike about Puddle's first hour. Being presented with a linear physics platformer that makes little of the physics is a problem. And relying on water that reacts like human effluvia, to tilt controls that feel like you're steering a 16th century galleon is no way to introduce yourself. Nor is the sheer length of time you have to do this, or the camera that can't decide where to point during moments of excitement.

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If you stomach the initial slog and, crucially, turn off tilt control, Puddle unexpectedly turns into a very interesting - and beautiful - game. Different liquids, each with their own properties, change how you play, and new settings change how you have to play. Being chased by blood cells through a human capillary system, before being, erm, expelled into a sewer and accidentally killing a rat, was fun.

This Wii U eShop game is perhaps not quite worth the £7 price tag, and it will certainly tax your patience for a time, but there's a very compelling game in Puddle. You just have to get to it first.


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  1. KH81314 Friday 25th Jan 2013 at 12:29

    I thought this game was going to be like fluidity which I enjoyed.

  2. tpie123 Saturday 26th Jan 2013 at 17:48

    so.... not really worth getting? it's a shame it looked like a brilliant game, the concept is something that hopefully will be used more in the future

  3. TaleOfTheToaster Saturday 26th Jan 2013 at 20:46

    When ONM first gave 68% in an eShop round-up article on this site, I was above ONM_UK on the Puddle Worldwide Rankings, and I wasn't nearly done with the game. Not sure if they just turned off the Internet, or if this review isn't to be trusted. Either way, I certainly believe the game deserves more than 68%, even this supposed "slow start", I really don't see, I've enjoyed all of it. I have to think this might have gotten a higher score if Hydroventure didn't exist. Take my word for it, get the game if it interests you.

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