Puddle Puzzles Review
- Endearing main character.
- Unique water tilting gameplay.
- Chilled music.
- The game has it's own set of physics that can be off-putting until you learn how things work.
There are far worse physics puzzle games out there, and even some of the better ones don't feature such a unique central mechanic. Puddle Puzzles is worth a look just for that alone.
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The cute purple blobby thing-a-ma-jig named Puddles finds herself in a series of lab experiments. What they are trying to test is beyond me but the point is that as the player you need to guide Puddles through a series of rooms, eating gems, floating on water, avoiding spikes, and reaching the portal.
The game has two methods of leading Puddles to safety. On land, rotating the iPhone will roll Puddles in that direction or make her fall to a new surface. Rotating also changes the water if the level contains it. When Puddles hits water (joke!) you can drag her along the surface with your finger (as well as use your finger to move certain blocks in the stage). One thing you'll notice after a few levels is that while the physics of the world feels a little odd, they doesn't feel wrong. Especially in physics puzzle games, getting the feel of how the objects in the world react to inertia, impact, and each other can be the difference between a fantastic play and an out right dud, so it's a definite plus that things feel that they work how they're supposed to here.
Visually the game gets by with a simplistic, cartoony look, with Puddles being a very cute protagonist. Where things shine are the sound effects, adding personality and an endearing quality to the character. If you don't feel bad when Puddles hits a spike or drowns, there might be something wrong with you. The game contains a host of levels, each with three gems to collect, and said gems being used to unlock the higher difficulties and even some mini-games, so you'll be playing for a while at least.
If you're looking for another game to keep you busy in the genre of Physics Puzzlers, Puddle Puzzles will not steer you wrong. The game is charming, features some interesting level design, and until you hit the later levels, is quite low on frustration. A unique and solid entry.
DescriptionCan you save Puddles? Use your cunning and skill to guide Puddles through a series of test labs and challenges; feeding the gem hungry Puddles along the way; to the transportation portal in each lab in this innovative and addictive puzzle game.
By collecting enough gems you can unlock the next world of test labs, and if you are really awesome you might just unlock some mini games to test your metal.
Test labs can contain a range of challenges from spikes, electricity and platforms that can squish. Water also carries its own risk and just as in real life if you trap Puddles under the water for too long he’ll drown.
Unique water based puzzle game, rotate the phone to change the orientation of gravity affecting the water and Puddles for a unique play experience and available in High Definition.
This version is only optimised for iPhone 3GS+, has not been tested on iPhone 3G.
What's New in Version 1.0.1*changed the icon to use the correct image
*minor bug fixes and optimizations
*improvements to rendering speed
*improvements to physic calculations
*updated graphics positions
*changed the in-app store to buttons in the level select screen to make it easy to find
*added more games button to the main menu
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