As Martin was saying the other day, a bunch of games are currently free on the App Store in celebration of its fifth birthday, including Infinity Blade II, BADLAND, Tiny Wings and – this guy right here – Where’s My Water?
I figured I should dive in (pun intended) and give Where’s My Water? the review treatment. Y’know, for posterity and stuff.
Where’s My Water? is a Disney app, though the protagonists – including Swampy, Cranky and Allie – appear to have been created specifically for the game.
At the outset, things are nice and simple. Basically, you just want to get some nice clean water from the top of the screen down to the bottom, where nice guy/alligator Swampy simply wants to have a shower.
You do that by drawing a line with your finger through the Where’s My Water? terrain; mud can be cleared, but you’ll have to work your way around rocks.
In each level, there are three rubber ducks up for grabs; they’re important as they unlock the later Swampy levels.
There are also special items dotted around, and collecting them unlocks special bonus levels that might involve using the tilt controls, for example.
Those are the Where’s My Water? basics, and the game slowly introduces other elements such as dirty water (which Swampy doesn’t like), toxic water (which can be used to remove troublesome grass; it absorbs water), and difficult-to-control ooze.
And the fun doesn’t end there. There are other elements to contend with, such as networks of pipes, moving platforms, switches and bombs.
Changing things up further, in Cranky’s levels (he’s the bad guy), he needs the dirty purple water to clear the algae from his plate so he can eat his food, while Allie’s levels are largely based around rising steam.
All in all, there are over 500 Where’s My Water? levels, though be aware that you’ll need to pay to unlock the other characters’ packs. You can, however, trial them for free. Nice.
My only complaint is that Where's My Water? gets a bit samey after a while, but that’s often the case with smartphone puzzles games, and – to be fair – I was sitting for several long hours consecutively for review purposes.
Also, while the game is cartoonish in style, it gets difficult quite quickly, perhaps too difficult for wee ones.
- Loads of levels
- Lots of gameplay elements
- Solid water-based physics
- A bit samey after a while
- Perhaps too difficult for kids
- Having to pay for the other level packs
Summary: Where’s My Water? is an interesting and challenging physics-based puzzler, but don’t be fooled by the presentation. It’s tough.
Price: currently free (usually 69p) @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.