Trendy Gamers: It would seem as though physics-based puzzle games have been experiencing a sort of Renaissance these past few years. When physics are at the heart of a game’s mechanics, the actual controls and gameplay tend towards simplicity. This makes these games accessible and enjoyable to an incredible range of players. Whether you’re a hardcore gaming veteran or you’ve never even so much as touched a console controller, you can jump in and immediately have fun with, say, Portal 2 or Puddle. That said, Microsoft Studios’ and Spiky Snail’s The Splatters fits into the genre – and the status quo – with elegance and bravado. This quirky, cheerful game is easy to pick up, yet offers a satisfying depth to gamers willing to take the plunge.