You’re just a puddle of viscous goo, minding your own business, when suddenly some dude grabs a cup of you and takes a drink. What do you do? Give up? Maybe lesser puddles would; but no, you keep trucking on, through the body, into sewers, and eventually into space.
This is only a brief fraction of the journey you’ll take as a pile of slime in the Wii U liquid physics puzzler, Puddle.
Moving your puddle around is simple to understand – merely press either shoulder button to tilt the world one direction or another, and your puddle of liquid will slide down along with it. It sounds easy, but where the game gets tricky is in how Puddle requires you to slide these liquids from point A to point B.
In order to beat each level of Puddle, you’ll need to keep as much of the liquid you’re provided with intact by the end of it, without losing it to various traps and pitfalls, or without leaving too much of it behind. Lose too much of whatever liquid you’re provided with, and you have to start the level over. You’re provided with four chances to skip a level throughout the 40+ stages, but if you run out, you’ll have to go back to the older stages you’ve skipped to earn them back.
Puddle is relatively brief and can be tackled within a lazy afternoon or two. There’s not much to the game once you’ve gotten through it – other than going back through to unlock in-game achievements and trying to get gold on each of the levels – but it’s fun while it lasts. It won’t set the world on fire, and it can be crushingly difficult at times, but it’s got a ton of nifty ideas and wrings every single drop out of them – and in that, Puddle greatly succeeds.
Who knew a pile of goo could cause so much trouble?