Puddle is a unique game for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN. It’s developed by Neko Entertainment but started out as a project from a student. Having a game that you have no intention of being a title on consoles seems like the dream, right? But is this game good?
Puddle is unlike anything else on XBLA. It almost seems like it should be a iPhone or Android game with it’s control scheme. You can only turn your screen 45 degrees, using both triggers, as you guide liquid through a level to get the the so called “exit”. The controls probably would have be better if you controlled the liquid rather than the level. You have very little control over the liquid, making it infuriating to pass a level without losing a butt load. It’s kind of like “Trials HD” in terms of gameplay but a little more difficult. At least it has a feature in it that let’s you skip a level if you find it too hard.
The level design is the best part of the game, reminds me of the XBLA title that came out in 2011 called “Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet”. The levels are so colorful and well designed. You start out as coffee poured in a cup and work your way through pipes and sewage. They used variations of colors through each level which was pretty cool! The levels feel like a roller coaster with obstacles.
The sounds in the game is nothing to write home about. You have subtle music in the background that isn’t very catchy and won’t have you humming after playing. You got liquid noises and environment noises that range from fire burning water to twigs falling off plants. Nothing truly amazing in this department, only serviceable.
This game is a decent title but you could do better with bigger and better games releasing this February. Puddle will have you rage at how difficult the levels can be. If you like a challenge, then this game is for you. You can buy Puddle now on XBLA and PSN for $9.99.
Lasting Appeal: 50