The beauty of Puddle lies in the way it combines an innovative concept and deceptively simple gameplay mechanics with an ever-evolving series of complex challenges.
The default controls see you tilting the PS Vita system to influence the direction and speed of the liquid's movement. It's an incredibly intuitive way of manipulating the action and allows you to achieve a broad range of realistic effects. Tip the system too far, for example, and the liquid may pick up too much speed, sliding out of control and into the jaws of a waiting furnace. Move too slowly, however, and you may find yourself stuck in a U-bend – with the clock ticking all the while.
Your score in each of the 49 stages is based on two things: the time it takes you to guide the liquid to the exit and how much of it you manage to save. Lose too much fluid to explosions or evaporation and you'll have to try again – unless you fancy making use of the handy whine and skip feature, which lets you bypass up to four levels of your choosing.
The puzzles come in all shapes and sizes and it's great fun figuring out how to use each liquid's special properties to tackle the obstacles in your way. Even better, high scores can be ranked in an online leaderboard – so if you take the plunge and become a master manipulator of splashy substances, the entire world will know it.