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!
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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
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Exellent game! One of the Best on STEAM!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Real talk this game is actually really good. 10/10 story.

I mean I'm not one to GUSH. I don't usually SHOWER games with praise. But I LAVA this game.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
Vessel - Fresh take on puzzles

For me it was really refreshing experience in terms of solving puzzles. But there is much more than just puzzles to this games and in this review I'll try to explain myself.
It all starts in a lab with a very nice introduction to the story about the engineer that has invented a way to control the behavior of the liquid and then realized the potential of his invention. To make it easier for me I will tell that with that invention you can turn liquid into a living creature that can follow basic commands. But as with any inventions there are potential issues. And those issues started in the very lab they were invented.

And that were the learning curve starts, gradually. It's not very steep to turn me off right away and not to gradual to make me feel the game thinks I'm an idiot. The game definitely knows what it wants to be and tell that to you in the right way.
After playing for about 1 minute I was completely into it and I knew I was not going to bed before I complete it.

I think it is quite easy to ruin the game with a review spoiler so I will try to stay away from solving puzzles and just talk about what I loved about the game in no particular order.
So the first think I loved in this game are the Fluros, those creatures made of liquid using the invention I mentioned earlier. I felt that the protagonist has emotional bond with them and I started to feel that. You will probably too when you get into the game. There will be a variety of them and they will have unique abilities so you will have a lot to tinker about as the game progresses.

Then there's graphics. From what you can see on the screenshots it's nothing fancy but there's charm to it. And for me that means more than anything. Believe me I recently played games that are 20 years old. So back to Vessel and it's graphics. It's an amazing blend of 2D and 3D that give the characters that unique look.

Then there's music which I only started paying attention to after I learned the basics. The soundtrack is very immersive and it perfectly fits any given location or situation. I was sitting there on the couch with my headset on and enjoying the flow of sounds to my ears.
The controls. The first thing I noticed were the clues on how to use switches and other things it was great and I didn't really need any manual or even look at the control scheme in the settings. I was playing with a gamepad and I didn't turn of the rumble because I didn't even open control settings. And that was a good thing. Because unlike games where the gamepad ruble is more like a jackhammer that makes your entire body to shake. In this game it's gentle and just makes you feel the feedback from the environment in just the right way.

Gameplay is liquid. Yes, almost all you do involves liquid one way or another. It plays and feels so unique and I really don't remember any other game that was anything like it. Not that I played too many games but I played enough to say that for myself.

And now, upgrades. It doesn't make the game any less difficult but it makes solving puzzles more convenient. And wanting to upgrade your equipment makes you solve optional puzzles and I love optional puzzles and missions.

Last but definitely not least I'd like to tease you with a paragraph about the bosses. This being a puzzle game it will make you think how to approach every single one of them and the same tactics will not work. In my opinion everyone who plays puzzle games should complete the game just to appreciate the final boss and final puzzle. I can only assume how much thought went into making those and how satisfying it was to complete the game.

Remember I wrote earlier that I planned to complete it that night? Not a chance. It took me 20 hours and it was worth every second I spent. And every penny to. Not that I spent to much during the sale but I would have bought it right away if I know what I know now.

So pick it up sometime and enjoy!

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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Vessel is a really neat physics based puzzle platformer with the primary mechanics revolving around fluids and these cute little fluid creatures that each have specific AI depending on the material they’re made of.

I admit, because it’s an indie puzzle platformer this game sat around on my metaphorical steam shelf and collected dust for quite a long time. I don’t enjoy these types of games and I tend to find them overly frustrating or convoluted for the most part. Vessel certainly is not a cake walk by any means, and there were a few moments when I felt like progress was impossible, but it was nice because the reason I was having trouble was simply because I lacked a tool that I had not unlocked yet. The puzzles made me think but did not feel ridiculous or malicious, being able to progress through the game at a moderate pace really made the whole title so much more enjoyable.

I didn’t complete the entire game, but it was not for a lack of enjoyment or a spike in frustration. Vessel is a wonderful game and deserves to stand out amongst the other physics puzzle platformers.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
I played this, then for an LP, then a few years later for the final achievements.
This game is majestic and wonderful and I'm kinda heartbroken there is no sequel.
The world, thin as it is, feels like something I want to explore more of. The Fluro are cute, exciting yet something to be respected. The puzzles are clever and sometimes amazing. It's sad that most upgrades are superfluous, especially since they feel like they could be used in exciting ways if the world just let it.
And the environments. Gorgeous. Beautiful lighting, painterly landscapes, a steampunk aesthetics that even I, not a huge steampunk fanatic, can drool over.

Vessel has a special place in my heart.
It's not a long game, depending on your puzzle skills.
But it's a truly wonderful game either way.
If you're a cheapskate, get it on sale. But trust me, it'll stick with you.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
If you like platform games this is the game for you. It's GREAT in every way!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
Bought Vessel on the humble bundle store for a couple of quid. Looked like a decent puzzler. Was looking for a game which could run on my laptop. This seemed perfect.

I played with Xbox 360 controller and it was very responsive. Full controller support i believe. Graphics are nice and colourful. Slightly cartoony and cute but HD. The music was not annoying although i think it looped throughout the game. The fluid mechanics are nice. The difficulty curve is good, starting off with simple puzzles and moving onto more complex ones. Some of them were quite difficult at first, but after a bit of trial and error and sometimes looking at everything from a distance the solution comes forth! Very rewarding feeling on completing the game.

I will look at other games this developer has made as I like his style and enjoyed this game a lot. First game on steam to unlock all achievements too after investing 30 hours on it.

A very good game overall, i would give it 9/10.

Bugged Achievement (Internal Rejection)?
Some people say one acievement is bugged, the one where you have to create a dark fluro out of green glo goo (Internal Rejection). The achievement is not bugged, you have to put some green and some blue on the floor, then put the dark fluro eye in to start creating the dark fluro, but the trick is to start sucking up a little bit of it as it is being created, if not, it will not sustain itself and explode / die. 50% of each green and blue and then eye and then suck up a bit of the blue so it is more green than blue...... worked it out after 5 mins of trying....
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2014
Publisher: Strange Loop Games
Developer: Indie Pub
Platform: PC
Controls: Full Controller Support

Vessel is a fluid based puzzle-platformer in which you play as M. Arkwright, an inventor who created an automaton called a Fluro. They were created to help out with laborious tasks which they can perform better than humans. Only problem is they start evolving and running amok so you need to go through the world of Vessel to fix what they have broken.

To help you out in the game you get a liquid gun with a tank attached to it. You can either spray liquid or suck it into it. It’s also upgradeable with different nozzle tips and larger tanks. With this and the Fluros you will be able to complete the puzzles throughout the world.

You’ll play through three different areas where you will need to repair machinery that the Fluros have broken. The levels consist of a factory, orchard, and mines. Through these levels you will discover new types of Fluro that you can use. You also need to capture each type which will then give you a seed. The seeds can be thrown on the grown and spray with liquid to form whichever Fluro it is. These vary from ones that like to press switches, chase you, collect liquid till they pop, hide from light, or go to the light.

The puzzles in the game are challenging and fun to do. I had a few that really made me think but the fun was in discovering how to get the different Fluros to work for you. The story also wasn’t too bad and did add a little to the game but it was really all about the puzzles. Overall Vessel is a fun challenging puzzle game to play and should not be missed.

Bear Pros:
Great liquid physics
Fun challenging puzzles
Fluro characteristics

Bear Cons:
Somewhat lackluster ending
Only three areas to explore
Needs more of these great puzzles (not really a con)
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2015
The game is... okay.

It has decent and quite creative puzzles, plenty of hints that build up the puzzles, the control is quite responsive, and there's actually some sort of story that draws me in. The visual isn't really up to my taste, but eh, may be other people will find it just fine.

For me there are 2 problems with the game. The first one is that there's some sort of upgrade system that actually has no use. Nothing really gets easier by unlocking the upgrade, you can't get faster or die harder with the upgrades.

The other problem is I find the number of puzzles quite lacking. There are maybe... 25 main puzzles here (could be 35-40 if you count the tutorial puzzles). I was seriously surprised when the game ends, I thought it's just mid way, especially since I haven't used the upgrades at all.

All in all, I'd put down "neutral" score if I can, there are plenty of other games on Steam.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Quite interesting game. Visuals and audio are nice. Puzzles neither very complex nor plain - it's surely possible to solve them on your own after a bit of thought. Gameplay isn't as exciting as it could be to make you dive into playing non-stop but still easily attracts you for an hour or two every day. Technically stable software. P.S. You don't need to get all the available upgrades to complete it.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: October 25
The game is a fun at first, with interesting physics puzzles to solve.

But then it gets stupid, with puzzles that are more about reaction time and your ability to deal with lots of things going on all at once, than physics problem solving.

Not recommended due to this bait-and-switch.
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16.5 hrs
Posted: October 24
Very creative, smart and challenging, but never unfair, Puzzle-game. Lots of stuff to discover and constantly getting more and more complex. The soundtrack and atmosphere is brilliant. Worth every cent!
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Krub Skilla (Benji)
0.4 hrs
Posted: September 7
Found this buried in my backlog of games from years ago.

First off, this game is well made. For a 2012 game I was pleasantly surprised that it ran natively in 21:9 (2560x1080) and without any hiccups smoothly at 60fps. Plus, it has flawless controller support, and a user-friendly save system.

That aside, the game itself is wonderfully atmospheric, thematic, cute even, and super fun. Even the controller button prompts are thematic. The water physics are pretty and amazing. The puzzles themselves are clever and intuitive.
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God, owner of the Universe
5.9 hrs
Posted: September 7
THIS GAME SCORES [1 2 3 *4*]

This is a great physics-based platformer with a unique feel that I can heartily recommend. It has mechanical physics but also liquid physics, which isn't limited to filling containers, the liquids even form beings that run around and do stuff, and it's not fake that the beings are made of liquid (like, a hidden transition from one model to the other), because if you mechanically affect them enough, they dissolve and flow around again.

On the one hand, your avatar's look and animation are a bit goofy (which doesn't matter, anyway), but on the other hand, that's because he consists of parts, if I remember correctly. (Writing this review from memory years after last play.)

The sounds work well with the physical gameplay, they have a good realistic feel to them.

Full disclosure: I haven't played through the whole game yet, but I can say that the 5+ hours I played have been good physics puzzle fun in one mostly continuous environment. I don't know if I would recommend the game for the full price of €20, but it's definitely a good product, you will not be disappointed.

(For some reason, whenever I think of Vessel I also have to think of Rochard which is a quite different physics platformer. Both are relatively hidden gems. Maybe I bought them at the same time or something.)
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3.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
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36.8 hrs
Posted: August 16
Brilliant puzzle platformer with truly new gamedesign and mechanics. Entirely unique, beautiful and engaging.
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19.1 hrs
Posted: July 11
This game is great. The story, artistic direction, puzzles, gameplay, audio, etc. are all excellent. It's very different from other modern games, but it does not suffer as a result. It was definitely worth the purchase.
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11.9 hrs
Posted: July 3
Great little game! Definitely recommend it.

Quick pros:
- Captivating world
- Original storyline
- Original gameplay
- Good pacing - puzzles get increasingly difficult, but not too hard, and new items pop up regularly to keep things interesting
- Polished game
- Great soundtrack
- Don't have to have lightning reflexes to get through it (like some platformers)

Quick cons:
- No control adjustments (keymapping, etc.) - I use a different keyboard layout and it was tedious to have to keep switching before playing the game. (But it was worth the trouble. Good game.)
- Game crashed once on me.
- One graphical glitch popped up for me later in the game related to eyes on the creatures.
- Saves regularly put me in the same spot, but without the same amount of resources as when I saved...not fun.

Other info:
- This game is about 10-15 hrs of gameplay - fairly short. (Depending on how long you spend on the puzzles and going back for all the achievements.)
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