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Vessel [Download]

by Strange Loop Games
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews) 81 / 100

Price: $14.99
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Edition: Standard - DRM Free
Standard - DRM Free
Download size:
1 GB
Download time:
13 minutes - 1 hour 30 minutes on broadband
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  • Vessel is built on an optimized liquid simulation featuring flowing water, scalding lava and steam, glowing goo, the mysterious 'protoplasm', and more. Each liquid has unique properties and mixes with other liquids for dramatic effects.
  • Bring Liquid to Life - Interact with 'Fluro' creatures that are formed entirely from simulated liquid. Each retains the properties of the liquid they're made of, giving them the ability to melt, reform, absorb, explode, and more.
  • Solve puzzles by combining the unique behaviors of each creature with the fluid they're created from. Every aspect of the world is physically simulated, and all puzzles are based in the liquid simulation.
  • Upgrade your Equipment - Use the mysterious protoplasm liquid found in the world to upgrade your equipment, obtaining powerful new ways to manipulate liquid.
  • Full Game Experience - Vessel features over 10 hours of content across multiple worlds, featuring several unique types of liquid and Fluros.

Product Details

Edition: Standard - DRM Free
  • Downloading: Currently, this item is available only to customers located in the United States and who have a U.S. billing address.
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  • ASIN: B008VU34UE
  • Release Date: March 1, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,006 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Edition: Standard - DRM Free

Living liquid machines have overrun this world of unstoppable progress, and it is the role of their inventor, Arkwright, to stop the chaos they are causing. Vessel is a game about a man with the power to bring ordinary matter to life, and all the consequences that ensue.

System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
Hard Drive: 1.5 GB
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 7600 or better
Additional Info: Shader Model 3.0 must be supported

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Original - not just another indie platformer October 10, 2012
Edition:Standard - DRM Free
Intriguing game, very refreshing. Though it has some platforming / action elements, it is primarily a puzzle game. The gameplay is challenging and original, and the "fluros" are a clever concept. Some have complained that the water physics is too "loose" - ie you might have the right idea for solving a puzzle, but still have to try a few times - but I actually liked that. It made the game feel more dirty and real. The audio is fantastic; everything from the minimalist electronic soundtrack by Jon Hopkins (search for the track "Vessel" on YouTube; the short clip on Amazon doesn't do it justice) to the subtle sound effects and fluro 'voices' contribute to the game's ambiance. I played most of it in the dark with the audio up, it really sucks you in. The graphics feel a bit mismatched sometimes, but still manage to impress. If you are looking for something fresh and interesting, this is it. Plus there is a demo (Google it) if you want to try before you buy. I played using a 360 controller (native support), which worked perfectly. Not sure about the kb/mouse controls, but it is a pc exclusive so they are probably good as well. Again- demo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent water physics game October 7, 2012
By Jasper
Edition:Standard - DRM Free
I've been playing Vessel for a few weeks now and I am constantly surprised by the very well thought out liquid physics puzzles. In short you create liquid creatures called fluros that you use to solve puzzles; they are attracted to certain lights and will turn on switches for you. You also have other tools to your disposal to attract or manipulate liquids in other ways (a water gun and vacuum and the essence of fluros that can attract liquids). I find that it's easy enough for a casual gamer to solve a puzzle and then come back the next day and to move on, or to play hours on end as a platformer and solve puzzles as you move through the stages (you can often go back to puzzles later if you can't solve them immediately).

A controller is recommended, and I found that keyboard controls are not great esp. when you have to turn big wheels (pressing left, up, right, down repeatedly gets old - a dedicated rotate clockwise or counter clockwise button would make more sense). I play the game with keyboard and mouse and my game controller. I find it hard to aim my water gun accurately with the controller and rather use the mouse for that. If you have a Xbox 360 Wired Controller or Wireless Gaming Receiver (Here is another link) with your wireless Xbox 360 controller then it would probably work better than the Logitech Rumblepad 2 Vibration Feedback Gamepad I use, but its a cheaper alternative.

Some puzzles are quite hard and I think kids under 10 will get frustrated easily. Don't look up walkthroughs! The games is very rewarding when you solve the puzzles. Sometimes it just takes a good night's rest to wake up with the solution the next morning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Physics-based, Challenging Puzzle Platformer August 12, 2014
Edition:Standard - DRM Free
You play as Arkwright, an inventor who manipulates his recent invention-a free labor/energy source. These so-called Fluros begin to evolve and affect the environment. It is fascinating to discover the different physical traits that emerge and their interaction with other elements within the game.

This is a good 10-hour long puzzle-platforming game. You get to explore above-ground through a mountainous region and below-ground through caves and Arkwright's lab (where you are able to access his many notes/observations from previous experiments). From cliffs to caverns, the world of Vessel is varied and atmospheric. Its liquid simulation technology is truly stunning (water, lava and goo...).

Though this appears to be a family-friendly game throughout, the ending could be shocking if you find implied spiritual undertones.
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