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Vessel

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Puzzle
Publisher: Zoo Games
Developer: Strange Loop Games
Release Date: March 1, 2012

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by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2012 @ 3:54 p.m. PST

Vessel is a 2d action and puzzle game played in a physically simulated world, built on a physics and fluid engine featuring the unique ability to simulate characters composed entirely of fluid.

Arkwright, inventor of the world famous Fluro (mechanized-fluid automaton) is on a quest to finish his next great invention – The Device – that will alter existence in unimaginable ways.

Travel to different industrial sites that use Arkwright’s Fluro invention to run their machinery. The Fluros, thought to be lifeless machines, are somehow developing minds of their own, mutating into new forms and running amok. It is up to Arkwright to understand (and exploit) these strange evolutions, and apply what has emerged in the field back to his lab work at home. Gather these evolved Fluros and machinery and bring them back to Arkwright’s lab to finish his grand invention.

Explore physically modeled worlds, solve puzzles by controlling fluid and machines, and harness the power of the mysterious ‘Fluro’ creatures that populate the land.

Using the innovative Vessel engine, these liquid creatures demonstrate physics capabilities not seen in other video games. Each Fluro possesses a body composed entirely of physically simulated fluid that provides them with unique abilities including melting, reforming, mixing with other types of fluid, and re-growing lost limbs. By choosing how and where to bring liquid to life, players can solve puzzles and progress in this fantastic, mechanical world.

"With Vessel, we wanted to push the boundaries of how hardware power is used in games," said Vessel designer and Strange Loop Games co-founder John Krajewski. "Typically, hardware power put towards graphics and physics is only an aesthetic addition. In Vessel, the foundation of the gameplay and puzzles is based in liquid simulation."

Vessel will be available for $14.99 via Steam and StrangeLoopGames.com, while the PlayStation Network ($14.99) and Xbox Live (1200 points) editions will be released at a later time.


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