I really expected better of Disney.
Category: iOS Games
Works With: iPhone, iPad
A company that famous for creating, maintaining, and promoting franchises really should have known better than to end the first game of an almost guaranteed series with a question mark. So then the sequel comes around, and it’s called Where’s My Water? 2. Look at that 2. It’s just stuck out there alone, looking all awkward. I really feel bad for the little guy. I don’t know why Disney didn’t just call this game something like, Seriously, Where’s My Water?. Total missed opportunity to raise the stakes.
Oh, the game? Yeah, it’s pretty good.
Where’s My Water? 2 abandons the original’s $.99 price in favor of a free-to-play model with all the in-app purchases you can shake a stick at — provided you have enough juice left in your Stick Meter to obtain one, which will take two to three hours, or you can just pay a buck right now for an instant Stick Meter Refill.
So, yes. This game “offers” in-app purchases of powerups and energy that you need to continue playing it. And now that that’s out of the way, let’s move on to how it plays.
It’s a puzzle game in which you use your finger to dig tunnels through dirt to direct water (or steam or poison, later on) toward a goal. On the way, you collect rubber ducks to unlock new levels. Fluids behave realistically thanks to the app’s impressive physics engine; you can clear a little dirt to cause a controlled trickling effect or cut a wide swath and bring the flood.
Duck Rush is a fun, fast-paced addition to the more plan-focused standard puzzles.
This is all the same as in the first one, but the new installment also opens up “Challenges,” which are remixed versions of the puzzles. You might have to complete the level without collecting any ducks, or the stage will be upside-down.
Another new game type this time around is the “Duck Rush,” a mode in which you have to dig quickly to keep your water onscreen as it scrolls slowly and inexorably downward. It’s a fun, fast-paced addition to the more plan-focused standard puzzles. It’s also really hard and stressful, but in a good way.
Where’s My Water? 2 contains over 100 levels that are completely free. And as long as you can get past the odd-looking title and some occasional freemium shenanigans, it has a lot to offer.
| Game Name: : Where’s My Water? 2|
The Good: Fun puzzles, impressive physics, and plenty of variety.
The Bad: Annoying microtransactions and playtime-limiting “Energy Meter.”
The Verdict: If you’ve mastered the first game and are looking for some new challenges, or if you’re just a puzzle fiend with a penchant for cute alligators, you’re in for some fun.
Buy from:App Store