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 (390 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 1, 2012

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"Showed at PAX East 2012 - Critically acclaimed physics and fluid puzzler."

Reviews

““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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
When I looked at the tile I thought it will be some average platformer. But I have never been so wrong...

Once I played 1 minute I was completely into it. I felt like I was in that lab and I even felt connection with all those blobs. At first it felt very relaxing, so was the music. But when I entered the factory I heard a different kind of music. And it was absolutely AMAZING. Then I made sound effects a bit quieter and the music created an atmosphere so strong I din't notice how quickly 6 hours passed by.

In addition to all that good stuff I actually felt joy from controller rumble. It wasn't a jackhammer that got me afraid of rumble in first place. No, it gently let's you know what's going on around you.

But don't be fooled this game took me 6 hours to complete fist stage and there are few more.

Also there are bosses. Oh those bosses... it felt so awesome when I defeated the first one.

Well, no when I look at the description and see 'Very Positive' I once again remind myself that it is a great game.

If I were to nitpick this game I'd say that movement felt somewhat not precise at first but then I got used to it and didn't even notice.

I urge you to try it if you're into great puzzle platformers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Vessel is a physics puzzle platformer primarily focused on liquid manipulation. What makes it unique is that you can actually turn the liquid into living creatures called fluros which have simple behaviors you need to utilize to solve puzzles. You also have a liquid tank and sprayer which you can use to suck up and spray liquids. You play as the scientist who created fluros, which have now gotten out of control and are evolving new abilities and are interfering with machinery near your lab. You solve puzzles in order to repair the machines so you can get your lab up and running again, and to study the new fluro types.

Throughout the game you discover more liquid types and fluro types, as well as more interactions between different types of liquids. The puzzles are varied and interesting with only a few being difficult enough to stump me for a while. The game is paced very well without any large difficulty spikes or sudden flood of new mechanics. Most of it works well, though as physics games often are, the simulation can be rather glitchy. Especially when fluros are created with near the minimum amount of liquid necessary, they have a tendency to die randomly. I did have to restart a puzzle or two due to not being able to fix various glitches, but overall it went pretty smoothly.

Graphically the game is nothing special. I wouldn't call the art style particularly pleasing but it gets the job done. I would expect the game to run well on most PCs.

Vessel surprised me being much more enjoyable than I was expecting. When the game was released I didn't think it looked very interesting but it turned out much better. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes puzzle platformers.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This is a fantastic puzzle platformer, especially if you love puzzle platformers. You have a backpack which can suck up different colored goo, and the different colored goo has different properties as well as different reactions when they are combined. The puzzles are really fun to work through. And while they aren't really too hard (but just challenging enough), they are fun to explore and try different things. The graphics are also beautiful and the fluid simulation is absolutely amazing. I really enjoyed the theme and the entire world presented, and I would definitely recommend you give this game a try.
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12 of 12 people (100%) 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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