Living liquid machines have overrun a world of unstoppable progress and their inventor must stop the chaos in this game about a man with the power to bring ordinary matter to life!
User reviews: Very Positive (314 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 1, 2012

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““Just like Portal 2, Vessel is about a universally recommended game as can exist. It’s charming, entertaining, stimulating, and a hell of an experience for the price point.””
9/10 – Machinima

““One of the best puzzle games since Little Big Planet or Portal. Yeah, it's that good.””
5/5 – Piki Geek

““Vessel is around a quarter of the price of a AAA game, but it contains more flair and ingenuity than most blockbuster games can muster.””
9/10 – GameSpy

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About This Game

Living liquid machines have overrun this world of unstoppable progress, and it is the role of their inventor, Arkwright, to stop the chaos they are causing. Vessel is a game about a man with the power to bring ordinary matter to life, and all the consequences that ensue.

Key features:

  • Liquid Gameplay - Vessel is built on an optimized liquid simulation featuring flowing water, scalding lava and steam, reactant chemicals,glowing goo, the mysterious 'protoplasm', and more. Each liquid has unique properties and mixes with other liquids for dramatic effects.
  • Bring Liquid to Life – Interact with 'Fluro' creatures that are formed entirely from simulated liquid. Each retains the properties of the liquid they're made of, giving them the ability to melt, reform, absorb, explode, and more.
  • Unique Puzzles – Solve puzzles by combining the unique behaviors of each creature with the fluid they're created from. Every aspect of the world is physically simulated, and all puzzles are based in the liquid simulation. Drop a 'Drinker' Fluro and lure him by spraying goo. Create a 'Dark Fluro' and chase him with light. Liquid and physics are not an aesthetic in Vessel, but the foundation of gameplay.
  • 2D/3DHybrid Art Style – Explore a world of fantastic, detailed machines and strange, wondrous environments. 2D hand-drawn textures combined with 3D normal maps, lighting, and depth creates a unique, other-worldly look to the visuals.
  • Upgrade your Equipment – Use the mysterious protoplasm liquid found in the world to upgrade your equipment, obtaining powerful new ways to manipulate liquid.
  • Jon Hopkins Soundtrack – Features a full-length soundtrack by electronic music prodigy Jon Hopkins, internationally renowned for his work with Brian Eno, Imogen Heap and Coldplay.
  • Full Game Experience - Vessel features over 10 hours of content across multiple worlds, featuring several unique types of liquid and Fluros.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 2GB System RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.5GB
    • Video Card: ATi Radeon HD 2400 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or better (Shader Model 3.0 needs to be supported)
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX compatible
Helpful customer reviews
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
For the most part, this game features clever puzzle design with interesting fluid mechanics. Story doesn't really add much, but doesn't distract either.

Unfortunately once you reach the final puzzles, the game's mechanics and fluro AI stop following their own rules, and your well thought out solutions fall flat while dumb luck sees you though. That leaves a bit of a sour taste to an otherwise enjoyable game.

If Vessel 2 shows up in the near future and I can get it cheap, I might give it a second chance--but I can't help but feel a little burned by this one.
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10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I really liked the atmosphere, i.e. the music, sound, and visual style. The puzzles are creative and always seem reasonably challenging. I always felt a sense of accomplishment as I played through the game.

Unfortunately, the game has two very frustrating sections that can definitely ruin the experience, so I'll just warn you about them. The second and third numbered puzzles in the mines seem to require that you make the nozzle that lets you create fluro blobs, but there's no indication from the game that you will ever need a certain upgrade in order to progress. You need that nozzle because it lets you shoot fluros through the grates, but there's no hint from the game that you can do that. It's very frustrating if you get stuck and keep trying to shoot green goo through grates, which you're clearly not supposed to really be able to do. Also, on the section with ladders, it turns out that you can use one of the nozzles (the one that propels you a little bit) to make the jumps easier, but the game doesn't really hint very well that you can use that nozzle to do that.

Secondly, for the final part of the game (the accelerator) you should probably just use a walkthrough to figure out what you're supposed to do. The requirements to complete it are very unclear and don't make a lot of sense.

Other than that, the game was one of the most enjoyable puzzle platformers I've played. I'd say I liked it more than games like Braid, Waking Mars, and Fez.

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Vessel is a great side scrolling platformer, with great Visauls and gameplay. With an interesting and original story with fun and challenging puzzles.

Got this game because i had a steam coupon from crafting a badge and has become one have my favorite games
9/10 Totaly worth buying
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This is a 2D puzzle platformer with a Victorian era Steampunk setting. You have discovered how to animate water and an industrial revolution occurred because of it. But now your animated “Fluros” are acting a bit off and you've got to fix them.

While I didn't find the puzzles to be very difficult, I Still enjoyed the game. There is a kind of laid back feel to the game and completing the puzzles still gave a feeling of accomplishment. I've come to expect excellent music from indie games and the soundtrack is pretty good here. Wish a soundtrack came with the Bundle. While the controls are clunky; It only affected a small part of the game. The main character kind of reminded me of a puppet on strings, For some reason.

Nothing too taxing, but a pretty decent game.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
I was charmed by this puzzle-platformer, even though I stopped playing once it started to get complicated.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This is a "♥♥♥♥ING AWSOME GAME", it's very original via steampunk culture "very rare", the soundtrack is AMAZING, the gameplay is to die for, and the puzzles are truely fun an amazing but I gotta warn ya the puzzles in the last level "the mines" are very tricky, so take your time.
All and ALL, it is a "MUST PLAY MUST HAVE" game!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Simply fun. Beautifully designed. To call it one of the best indie titles seems like an injustice. The devs should be very proud of this title!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Quite monotone and boring.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
It is a beautiful game, the puzzles are great, however, a good game need far more than just puzzles....
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20.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
This game is fun. It is nicely put together with good graphics. Some of the puzzles are a little tricky but not too difficult.
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12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Excellent puzzle platformer!!!

Really you don't need long reviews. Then again if you do need one, there are many besides mine to read.

I've played countless games (platformers included) since the middle-late 80's, and this is my comment on this game:
"If you don't play this you'll have missed a very unique game of this gerne."

I really didn't find anything wrong with this game. Do yourselves a favor and don't miss this one. If the price is high for you, have it in your wishlist and wait for a sale.
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10.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
An interesting platformer with some nifty innovations that is brought down by bugs and the annoyance factor inherent in all platformers. Graphics and music are all good. I don't recommend playing this without a controller (it is an absolute nightmare using an mouse and keyboard).
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6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
its ok
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8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Great game! Love how it works, it also looks jolly and stuff! yay!

10/10
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Wow, Vessel is utterly brilliant. What differentiates it from other side-scrolling physics puzzle/platformers is the amazing level of polish. The progression in difficulty and capabilities (at least so far, I'm only a few hours in to the game) is fast enough that you feel you're always getting or learning something new, without ever being overwhelming, and the puzzles have for me have had perfectly balanced difficulty, with plenty of challenge to keep things interesting while never giving me anything that got me stuck so long as to be overly frustrating.

I don't find the movement to be as smooth and precise as some other games, but that's rarely important; the game doesn't much rely on doing the right thing with split-second timing but mainly on solving the puzzles. It still does have a bit of an action-y feel, though; squirting the water around is extremely satisfying.

If you like puzzle-platformers at all, this is a must-play.
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1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
A really interesting puzzle game, a bit like a mix between Rochard and Super Mario Sunshine. Love the steampunk aesthetic and the way it teaches you how to progress through the puzzles. Definitely recommend a gamepad or the controls get a bit difficult. Check it out!
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12.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Best water in a game ever! Challenging puzzles too!
10/10
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17.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Fun game.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
It looks interesting but it's unfortunately pretty boring.
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25.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
I'd reccommend Vessel to anyone who likes puzzle platformers, however it does have a few flaws.

The biggest flaw is the controls. They're very left-hand-heavy, being essentially those typically used by FPS games. While it does allow you to use the arrow keys for movement it seems like an afterthought, given all the other keys are clustered on the assumption of FPS-style use. While it works fine in a FPS, it doesn't work very well for a platformer, making the platforming a lot harder than it should be. The game itself does not provide a means of remapping the controls either, though it can be done by editing an INI file.

The ending seems a bit lack-lustre to me, though that point is entirely subjective, so there might be some players who find it perfectly adequate.

The visuals are just lovely. It's a pleasure to look at, and it really looks like an evolution of the 2D platformer. For that, and the fluid-based mechanics, the developers should be commended, and you should give them your money if you like this sort of game.
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