Guide your puddle of fluid through a vast range of environments and puzzles!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (308 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 9, 2012

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"a beutifully designed physics game,it's a nice time waster"

Reviews

"A challenging yet elegantly simple puzzler."
8/10 - IGN

"... ein echter Geheimtipp, den sich Indie-Freunde, aber auch Fans von Rätsel- und Geschicklichkeitsspaß nicht entgehen lassen sollten"
88/100 - GamingXP

"Puddle offre tout ce qu'on aime trouver dans un jeu indépendant : un concept original, un gameplay simple mais riche, une réalisation inspirée et un challenge à la hauteur."
16/20 - jeuxvideo.com

About This Game

Dive into Puddle, a game unlike any other where you have to guide a puddle of fluid by tilting the environment to the left or right! Play carefully taking friction, gravity and temperature into account, and by using the unique properties of each type of fluid (water, oil, nitroglycerin, molten lava...) in a range of original environments. Conserve as much fluid as possible when crossing a variety of obstacles such as burning passageways, carnivorous plants and electric currents!

Key Features


  • 49 levels
  • 2 difficulty modes: normal and extreme
  • Leaderboard: see the scores of players from all over the world.
  • Medals: compare the medals you have won with those of your friends.
  • Laboratory mode with dozens of objects, backgrounds and liquids to unlock!
  • Support for Bluetooth or USB game controllers.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP 32bits SP3
    • Processor:2 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT, ATI Radeon 4650, Intel HD Graphics, 512 MB Shader Model 3
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:650 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor:2 Ghz Dual Core and above
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce 8800, ATI Radeon 4800, Intel HD Graphics 512 MB
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1024 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS X 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2.16 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 9400M, ATI Radeon 2400XT, Intel HD
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB
    Recommended:
    • OS: MacOS X 10.7.x/10.8.x or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: Nvidie Geforce 8600 GT, ATI Radeon 2600 Pro, Intel HD
    • Hard Drive: 1024 MB
    Minimum:
    • OS:12.04, 12.10, fully updated
    • Processor:2 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT, ATI Radeon 4650, 512 MB Shader Model 3
    • Hard Drive:650 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10 fully updated
    • Processor:2 Ghz Dual Core and above
    • Memory:2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia Geforce 8800, ATI Radeon 4800, 512 MB
    • Hard Drive:1024 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Puddle is a puzzle-platform game that makes clever use of advanced physics to let you move all kinds of liquids through different obstacle courses. While the idea itself sounds rather straightforward, the execution is certainly not. The first levels, using water as a liquid, are not too difficult and I thought "tihs game is going to be a piece of cake". But how wrong I was (am actually). Difficulty goes up steeply and the developers have really thought of all kinds of possible liquid and obstacles to make life ever more difficult. Water, oil, goo, fertilizer, nitroglycerine, all pass the review and all ask for a different approach. This keeps the game interesting, since the visual context changes accordingly to the liquid being processed. And since the visuals are really outstanding for an in essence static background, the developers have done a good job.

But after a couple of hours, my interest in the game diminished since I got tired of the trial-and-error which seemed to be necessary in some of the later levels. So I let the game rest for a couple of weeks, and picked it up again recently. Now I pick up some levels ad random and try to get more of the Steam achievements, which are a clever addition to the game. All in all, this game is a nice sideway away from any larger-scale gaming projects, but don't expect anything more really. If Steam reviews would have a "neutral" option, this one would get one. But in the end I give it a "thumbs up", if only for an original idea being well executed, with a lot of love for the project being involved.

Gameplay: 17/30 (interesting at first, but too difficult after a time)
Graphcis: 16/20
Sound: 5/10
Longelivety: 5/10
Technical/stability: 16/20
Personal appreciation: 5/10

Overall: 64/100
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
There’s nothing better than a game that takes a simple idea and runs with it. Puddle does more than that. It runs, drips and oozes its idea through almost every conceivable formulation.Levels characteristically take the form of a laboratory or industrial setting – somewhere with a lot of pipes and tubes. By tilting that scene left and right and letting physics do the hard work, you guide a volume of liquid through various courses. Along the way a multitude of hazards from furnaces to buzz-saws threaten to simmer and splatter your solution.That’s the sum of Puddle’s mechanics, but it’s how it pours this concept into dozens of different scenarios that makes it so engaging.The liquids vary greatly, each with a series of challenges designed around it. What really elevates Puddle above many other physics puzzlers is not these individual puzzles, but how they are cleverly threaded together. The entire game progresses in this contraption-like manner, adding a sprinkling of adventure to the proceedings. The only other issue is the controls. Puddle uses the left and right mouse buttons to tilt the screen in the corresponding direction, but there is no way to adjust the extent of the tilt aside from repeatedly releasing and pressing the buttons. Consequently, great care is required in timing movements; otherwise the liquid might accelerate too quickly and separate into smaller globules, usually leading to a slippery end.All in all, Puddle looks like a simplistic game – after all, you have to press only two buttons. But it offers so many diverse challenges that you'll be quickly proven otherwise.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Why would you want water in your computer, Idiot.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
Interesting aqueous physics.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
TL;DR Simple controls but unique gameplay because of the particularities of the liquids. Not only liquids so it diversifies the gameplay. Not for easily disgusted and non-patient people. For physics lovers. Worth 8$. I highly recommend.

Here's Puddle, a game I found during the Paris's sales. At first, maybe it's hard to decide whether or not to buy it. I mean, you only tilt the screen to the left and right, moving liquids, but this game is incredibly... incredible! So yes, this is a "I go from this point to another" game, but you don't directly control what you lead to the end.

Let me explain myself. Basically, you control a liquid by tilting the screen to the left and right (I think this game was first designed for mobile). Sounds boring, uh? Well destroy this thought right now. Not only are the graphics awesome to my eyes, but the every liquids are different and this creates unique and diversified gameplay. You have coffee, ink, lava, even a liquid that doesn't fall from the top to the bottom but... from the bottom to the top! Some are heavy and falls quickly, some are compact and stick to stuff, some explode... I couldn't even name all the particularities off the top of my head, there are so much! And I haven't even finished the game while I'm writing this!

However, people that are easily disgusted shouldn't play this. The body chapter made me slightly wince and I myself am someone that is not easily disgusted by this kind of stuff. The following chapter is the sewers and ain't really better. Also, if you're not patient, unless you want to start to be patient, this is not really a game you should be looking for. However, if you're ready to spend a chunk of your time on difficult levels, go on. The game offers to use "Whines" to skip levels but you know, I want to keep my honor and not use them to be proud to say "I completed all the Puddle levels"...

About being patient, some levels are special sometimes, and also harder. They usually are at the beginning and end of every chapters. There, you don't always control liquids but most of the time, there always are liquids involved. One time you control a souvenir ball where the liquid is inside the ball, another time you control lasers and need not to burn the liquid in addition of doing something else at the same time to finish the level... Consider those levels as introductions and bosses. I really like the idea.

If I revise everything, Puddle has reaaaally simple controls but the particularities of the liquids make the gameplay unique every time. Also, you don't always control liquids, so it diversifies the way to play. But of you're not patient and easily disgusted it's not the game for you. If you're a fanatic of physics, however, you should like it.
I really recommend this game. Worth 8$. Could've been 5$, but 8$ is alright too.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
AGAIN,unique indie games,i hope there is more and more and more games like this from indie dev...
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
this game has good graphics and sound and is available on any OS
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
This game is sometimes fun though I must say some mechanics like not knowing ahead of time that you will need your liquid to be at a particular X static position beforehand is kinda average.
Same with the camera which can't be altered at all and will sometimes just force you to forget about some of the liquid left behind...(even though you could get it but since your camera doesn't show it, it's not always easy to control)
It's a bit frustrating as there is very limited amount of controls available so it would not have been overwhelming to add a camera control scheme in my opinion.
The UI is slightly ... unintuitive , like for example have a hard time interpreting the results of scoring
Also the game taunting you with his "whine" button is a deal breaker for me

also a controller/gamepad might be more precise to play.
Though despite all that, it can have it's fun moments. Really sad to see a game's wasted potential
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
Great concept and all, but terrible execution. Levels require an annoying amount of precision that just can't be achieved with liquids... at least not liquids as non-cohesive as these. What's more, some levels seem almost designed to force you to lose large amounts of liquid, such as levers that you have to "pull" dropping down and bottlenecking the liquid behind it while the rest of it races forwards for no clear reason. Some of the levels seem like they were tested for use with a solid ball, and the liquids were put in there as an afterthought. What's worse is that most levels require you to know what's ahead and plan for it even though you've never seen it; and many of those require you to be at some particular speed between letting the liquid just do its thing and full tilt.

And the kicker is that the game has the nerve to call you a "whiner" (read: about as close to "little b*tch" as it can while keeping a kid-friendly rating) when you want to play normal mode or can't get past the clunky controls and poor level design.

All in all, 5/10. Absolutely great concept, but the poor controls and poorer level design just make it an infuriating game.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
This game is an exercise in frustration. You'd think the idea would be great fun, and it sometimes can be, a little, but mostly it's just you cursing the physics engine, the controls, your computer, and the developers. I think there were some design choices that seriously limit the enjoyment, primarily the fact that your liquid is constantly in danger of depletion, forcing many many retries. Only buy it if you have the patience of a saint and the dexterity of a ninja.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
This game is good fun. It looks and sound good and plays well. It can seem very difficult but with a little and sometimes a lot of trial and error one can get to the last levels. What makes this game stand out for me is its originality. It provides the player with unique gaming situations which can be hard to fathom. I've never controlled an object floating through an artery or swirled a liquid through a centrifuge for example. For these reasons I would rate the game 7.5/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
A physics puzzler which isn't totally annoying? A game featuring water, lava, and other elements (including some quality choices such as "rat goop") which isn't monotonous? An indie game with an interesting story? Good grief! It's Puddle. It has a rather dull name but the game itself is fun throughout, aided by design choices such as making the actual levels fairly brief and the restarts quick. Also, level skips (called "whines" here, lol), one of which I used (on the Apollo level). I liked this a lot.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
This game is good, but it's probably better played on a tablet/smartphone.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
its ok
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Physics at its Finest [KAMGUSTA's REVIEW]

A nice puzzle game where you try to move different liquids over a laboratory course by tilting the screen... I LOVED the way these liquids move and interact with the objects (lasers, flames, doors, buttons,,,). The end level statistics where your performance is put on a (x,y) axes with seconds and moles is a great touch! D:

Best played with Keyboard
Recommended Buy Price < 8$
Score 7/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
This game is one of the most interesting physic simulator games I have played. I played a different game like this on the Wii, but it finally came to Steam!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
this game is challenging and addictive
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
9.5/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
Soo Good lol :D
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
It's neat but kind of boring. World of Goo is better!
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