Physics-based puzzler Puddle lands on XBLA and PSN next week

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 21 January 2012 18:53 GMT

Konami has announced Puddle, the Neko Entertainment-developed, physics-based puzzle game, will land on PSN and XBLA next week.

In Puddle, gamers guide puddles of fluid through a variety of environments such as the human body, a garden, a foundry, and more. In order to accomplish their task, the player must tilt the environment all the while “balancing each fluid’s unique properties” while taking gravity, friction, and various obstacles into account.

With players never being able to see the entire level from the start, Puddle will offer some unexpected twists such as having to dodge heat beams or “rays of electric current”. Some puzzles will task the player with handling “a blob of radioactive fluid with care” or guiding a “virtual puddle of rocket fuel through a hand drawn blueprint.” Players will also “follow a sip of water as it makes its way through a human body,” among other puzzles.

Puddle, which started life as a project created by six students at the French videogame school ENJMIN, was picked up and developed by Neko after it won the Student Showcase prize at the Independent Gaming Festival during GDC 2010.

It will be made available on XBLA January 25 and through PSN January 31.

Screenshots are posted below.

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