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Nominated for technical excellence, one of Vessel’s greatest achievements is the ability to simulate entire characters made out of liquid. Strange Loop Games created a world where a prominent figure named Arkwright is revered for his invention of the Fluro – mechanized fluid automation. Attempting to surpass the success of the Fluros, Arkwright is embarking on his next big project, simply called “The Device.” The Device is rumored to be so groundbreaking that it will change the world with its debut. Unfortunately, the Fluros start developing minds of their own and Arkwright must tend to them. Arkwright travels to different industrial sites that employ Fluros to investigate the bizarre mutations. He finds them generally running amok, but uses the opportunity for research in hopes that it will help him finish The Device.
Interacting with the Fluros takes advantage of Vessel’s physics and fluid simulation engine. Arkwright carries with him a pack on his back that lets him suck up or spray various types of liquid. This is a core mechanic in solving puzzles. In our playtime we used a powerful stream of water to push levers that were otherwise out of arms reach. We also used water to weigh down buckets and open doors. A green glowing goo could be leached from natural springs in a dark cave, which could then be sprayed on walls to illuminate the path ahead of us. The concept may seem simple, but Strange Loop has harnessed the technology in a way that allows for diverse puzzles and platforming. We plan on checking back in with Arkwright when Vessel releases, and finding out exactly how The Device will change the world. [Additional Game Details] Platform: TBA Release: TBA Price: TBA Website: Link
This looks really interesting as well. I am really loving the ingenuity coming to the basic platformer style game. It's easily the most accessible style of game, but to see this much depth is incredible.
This game looks as if it has a lot of inovation in it.
Seems like a lot of the games in the IGF are puzzle games. Vessel reminds me of the setting of this game I played once called Automaton. It's a point-and-click flash game, but it had that sort of desolate and empty setting.
i love seeing next gen platformers.
In my opinion this should have won the Indie Game Challenge.
This game just looks simply amazing... its a shame I can't just play it right now!! This is why I now look forward to IGF every year now ever since last year; I love the types of games these developers pump out that are ingenious. The gameplay looks amazing, Thanks Strange Loop Games :D!!
That is a very interesting game :)
You guys rock, especially Willis ;)
This also looks trippy. To PS3 perhaps?
This looks incredible! I'll definitely be keeping my eye on it, just because of what I saw in that video. It looks like an excellent puzzler.