Puddle for the Wii U is a brand new puzzle game where you are, well, a puddle. If you’ve ever played a game in the Fluidity series, you’ll know what this game is like. This game is on the Wii U’s Nintendo eShop for $9.99, and is also available on other platforms. Is Puddle for the Wii U worth it? Join us in this review to find out!
You progress the level by tilting the world to the left or to the right using the ZL or ZR buttons (you can change the controls in the options and use motion controls, or use the left analog stick.) At first it seemed a bit weird having to move the actual world instead of the puddle itself, but after a level or two I got used to it.
In this game you don’t stick to just one type of liquid, but you become different liquids in each level. In the first level, you start off as spilt coffee, which you have to knock out of the cup by tilting the world and falling out of the cup. You then have to make your way from the top of the table to the chair, then down to the floor, into pipes, then to the exit. It seems simple, yet the more you progress through, the more challenges you face. In one level, for instance, you become a weed killer, and your weakness is sundews. If you come in contact with a sundew patch, you will start to dissolve, making your puddle smaller. Not all levels, though, have the “Get to the exit” objective to it. There are “missions” also, which you do a certain task to pass the level.
In one level, you have to gain momentum by rocking back and fourth to reach a switch to activate a fire burner in the middle, which you then have to get as much water into until the fire burns out, then you have to repeat the process. You then beat the level when you get a certain amount of water into the burner, before time runs out. Each level feels very unique, and I didn’t feel like any levels were repetitive at all.
The game also has a ranked leaderboard system where you can view the best times, and your times. Not only that, but there also is an in-game achievement system, where you can get “points” for achieving certain things in levels (certain time, certain route, etc). Each level also has three ranks: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Overall this is a very, very nice puzzle game and well worth the $10. There’s really not much else to say because the gameplay is simple, yet nice, and it’s also a very different experience. The game concept is, once again, similar to Fluidity’s, but at the same time, very different. The graphics are also very simple, but very clean and nice. The music is just simple background music, but it adds to the excitement of the level. I would have to give this game a 9/10, the whole game is just a fun experience. I enjoyed this game very much and I hope you will also if you decide to purchase this game after reading this review.