Guide your puddle of fluid through a vast range of environments and puzzles!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (354 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 9, 2012

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Recommended By Curators

"Now your thinking with liquids"

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
9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
54.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
If I wanted to suggest a game that would appeal to the widest range of players, from small child to the disabled to a brilliant adult engineer or gamer, it would be Puddle.

If you love to watch fluids flow, from coffee to rocket fuel or decomposed rat (yes, rat rot) and just have fun making them flow in strange, interesting or even funny ways, this game can be JUST that simple. And if you reach a level where more demands are made, and the player is unwilling to commit intellectually, they can take one of four “whines” (two whines on “extreme” skill level) in order to skip that difficult level. Each category grows more challenging as it progresses, and each group is VERY different from the preceding one. Each fluid flows differently, and is affected by factors such as fire or consumption by carnivorous plants (though gratefully not on the same level.) A glass globe filled with water must be handled with great delicacy, as must nitroglycerin, both in the Laboratory section. (But it may also be necessary to CAUSE small amounts of the nitro to detonate to proceed. Or to sacrifice fluids to make a branch break to facilitate a pathway, or destroy a container to free a fluid to flow. Such skills are a bit beyond the “small child” level.) Some fluids are highly flammable, but can also be extinguished if action is taken quickly. Sometimes “winning” may consist of sending a flaming mass of liquid pouring quickly over the finish line (though not likely with a high score).

For those seeking an intellectual challenge on an intensely scientific level, this game is just a little slice of heaven. While in its simplest form this game is simply gravity acting upon fluids, Puddle vastly exceeds the simple. Anyone not familiar and comfortable with the phrase “water seeks its own level” may find themselves at a severe disadvantage, but understanding Newton’s laws of motion is REALLY helpful. Ultimately, as there are only two buttons, there are also two goals: get as much of the original fluid mass to the finish line as quickly as possible. If the constantly monitored fluid level drops below a preset amount, you lose. If it doesn’t, you WIN! What you win is gold, silver, copper, or simply completion. The scoring is given in the form of a rather sophisticated graph where the meeting points of the two measured variables are displayed in comparison to the three award levels. Players are also informed if their score is a new record.

It takes skill and intelligence to use the force of gravity alone to keep the fluid in a compact mass, especially when it’s gravity trying to spread it out and break it into separate droplets. On several game levels that may be helpful, on others, the deal breaker. Some fluids, such as water, slosh about and need to be “damped” (as is done with the swinging weight hanging from an overhead crane.) Often trailing bits of fluid must to sacrificed so that the leading mass isn’t slowed as it crosses flame, or other reductive forces. Knowing that science will help the trailing fluid to move faster, thus pushing the slowly moving leading fluid quickly over a destructive force is often critical. So is trusting that momentum will keep fluid moving uphill if direction is changed as early as possible, helping the full mass end up downhill faster than if you waited. The real challenge in this game is trimming milliseconds off the time, and adding the tinniest fraction of a drop to the mass by speeding it along instead of waiting that extra tenth of a second.

For many disabled or impaired players, this game is “perfectly” simple. All that’s required for play are the left and right arrow keys to tilt the world displayed onscreen (though split-second timing can be VERY crucial in many levels.) I have played exclusively on the Mac version, and Puddle does not appear to have adaptability for colorblind players. The game is very nearly photo-real with a wide range of colors, and the fluids themselves often change color during play. I can’t speak for how this might be an issue for the “color-impaired”.

There are some issues with Puddle. If your fluid gets broken into several masses, the camera may ignore the one needed for completion. I’ve had to manually close games when I was unable to even know where the remaining fluid was, much less maneuver it effectively. On my Mac the mouse is useless in the menus. The menus themselves need LOTS of work. It would also be nice if the score you were trying to beat was shown in some way on the score screen, or better still, in the graph. To see what scoring you’ve achieved on each level takes several steps more than could possibly be necessary. Some levels (Human Body: Tension & Stout Hearted) are FAR more difficult and cumbersome, bordering on impossible, on my Mac than what I’ve seen on YouTube.

All in all, the BEST $2.49 I’ve ever spent on a game in my life. I expect to be playing this game for quite some time to come.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Yes this is "Liquid The Adventure". You play as any kind of liquid (coffee, water, weed killer, etc.) throughout a course.
I can't say this is a challenging game because you just tilted the screen and keep the liquid till the end of the course.
I quite enjoy the story though. Like how water flow into pipe and then trigger other liquid form to flow.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Puddle is a physics platforming game. But instead of controlling a character, in the standard sense, your character is a liquid. You control water, molten metal, coffee, and many other different types of liquids that all come with their special attributes. The levels themselves range from super simple to super difficult, however, finishing the latter levels is not as difficult if you are not aiming for gold medals on all runs. Achievement hunters, beware! This game is very difficult to beat and achieve 100%. I'd definitely recommend this game for that shear fact that it's original, it's beautiful rendered and the varying levels and liquids offer ever changing gameplay environments. Definitely worth it if you find it at 50% or more.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Puddle seems like an interesting liquid physics game. It has a wide variety of liquids in different levels with different properties which you move by tilting the level, attempting to reach the end in the least amount of time possible while losing the least amount of liquid possible. It should be fun, and at the beginning it is, though it quickly loses its luster.

To start with, the developers have the gall to give you "whine" tokens to skip levels and on the difficulty selection, go on about how playing on normal is for whiners. Seriously? I haven't seen such hostile behavior towards players since Phil Fish's "PC's are for spreadsheets" debacle.

The game starts off well, giving you a good variety of liquids to use and obstacles to overcome. Goal times vary wildly, with some levels being trivially easy to get a gold medal on, and others near impossible. Towards the end of the game, levels can become quite frustrating with precision "jumps" required using liquid that spreads out often beyond your view on the screen. Then I got to the zero gravity levels, where instead of controlling gravity, you control slow-moving paddles to bat the liquid around in levels filled with walls that destroy the liquid. It has to be the worst idea anyone has ever had for a physics game and stopped me from progressing any further.

Stay away.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Puddle is a great game for what it's worth if your into this type.
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