man wandered through a maze of pipes, gears, mortar, and steam, seeking to undo
the damage he has unknowingly wrought.
From the shadows, stalkers with eyes glow with the light of science and
bodies that radiate the pure power of the earth follow him, mindlessly hunting
the stranger. The only weapon and tool
carried by the man is a large backpack, to which is attached a nozzle, ready to
release torrents of water. This lone man
is the vanguard, both, for and against his science.
game Vessel, you play as a lone steampunk scientist, a genius who has changed
the world with a singular creation.
Automata created from liquid and powered by science, his creation
creates impossibly cheap labor for the burgeoning industrial world. But all is not well as, after being locked
out of his own lab by his creation and infiltrating it, word spread of how his
creation is causing havoc and...evolving?
the game, you manipulate levers, buttons, and various Steampunk-inspired
machinery to reach your goals. But first
and foremost, you manipulate liquid and your creations. The puzzles of the game are wonderfully
designed; they feel both organic to the setting, and are genuinely
interesting and challenging, using the mechanics of the games in interesting
ways. As the game progresses, you get
new toys, new enemies, and different fluids, all making the game more complex,
but still manageable.
It is a
game that challenges the mind and the occasionally the reflexes. I cannot help but think of it as a more
mature, more interesting, and more puzzling Super Mario Sunshine. While not free, I found the charm and uniqueness of Vessel to be far too much to not recommend. The game can be found on Steam, occasionally
for cheap during a sale, or on Strange Loop Game's website. A demo is even available, so this game can
pull you in before you even spend a dime.