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thing I like: Where’s My Water? (mobile game)

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In the last week this game has saved my sanity. First as a late night distraction from stressing out over giving a presentation. Then as a distraction from being stuck in a plane for two hours before takeoff while the airport bumbled every step of de-icing and refueling while I was was seated a row in front of three strangers who had a particularly loud getting to know you conversation they never intended to last for hours but nobody seemed able to break. And last while I shivered through the cold I came home with. I could chart how bad my cold was based on my ability or inability to solve the puzzles. During day three I was apparently a zombie because when I was unable to solve level 2-2, a level I had done twice previously, I actually moaned “Uuuuhhhhnnng” out loud. While I was alone in the house.

Where’s My Water is a physics puzzler that involves coaxing a stream of water through pipes so that a frustrated alligator name Swampy can take a shower. The levels get more difficult, but never frustratingly so, and each section introduces a new aspect (steam! poison!). To make it more complicated each level has three rubber duckies that you can collect. Each section has a set of hidden items you can unearth, which in turn unlock a set of bonus levels containing more ducks. The game clearly displays the duck levels, it’s a completist’s dream come true. The game is Disney made and family friendly to the point that I almost skipped over trying it. I downloaded a few games that were reviewed as being similar but they barely held my interest or were quickly raised to not-worth-it levels of frustration. It has been a while since I found a game I like this much.

$.99 in the iTunes appstore or the Android Market, both offer free lite versions to test out. There are recently released additional levels for Cranky’s Story, at least for the appstore version, you can purchase in-app. (The update also finally takes down the Christmas theme my game had.)

· comments [21] · 01-27-2012 · categories:technology ·

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 LauraVW // Jan 27, 2012 at 2:35 am

    I have been playing this for the past few days, and I really like it.

  • 2 Erin N. // Jan 27, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I finished the game, (I’ve never finished a “video” game before) and am SO BUMMED. I miss it.

  • 3 Carissa // Jan 27, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Love this game! Anxiously awaiting the new levels to be released for the Android version! I have collected all the ducks and have even found and played all the secret/bonus levels.

  • 4 Steph (@crushgear) // Jan 27, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I am absolutely addicted to this game… probably one of my favorite iPhone games of all time. I’m glad to hear that someone else is also hooked!!

  • 5 Andie Miller // Jan 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

    My fifteen year old insisted we purchase this app. My first thought was that it was suited for my five year old nephew, not me… Boy, was I wrong! I have completed all levels with three duckies and like Erin, I miss it! I, too, am glad to hear that someone else is hooked.

  • 6 Beth // Jan 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

    It is almost embarassing how much I love this game!! Still have a couple of Swampy levels left to solve and have started on Cranky!!!

  • 7 megan // Jan 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Hee, I love knowing that some of us standing in lines at the bank aren’t just checking Twitter.

  • 8 Seanna Lea // Jan 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    It sounds like a lot of fun. I’ll check it out, though I mostly play pinball on my iPod while I wait.

  • 9 Ann H. // Jan 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Just bought it on your recommendation!

  • 10 Jody @ the hobby room // Jan 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    We watch a lot of Disney Junior around here and they have been hawking this game like none other, but because of this, I figured it was stupid. Now I’m going to give it a try, thanks for the review!

  • 11 kay // Jan 28, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Fiona absolutely loves this game. I reckon it is teaching the 6 year old physics… ok, so I rationalize.

  • 12 Jen // Jan 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

    LOVE this game! The whole family spent most of Christmas vacation playing. We all want more levels! Hope you’re feeling better.

  • 13 Jen // Jan 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I love this game! Contre jour is also fun, in a kinda-physicy way

  • 14 Andrea // Jan 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    My daughter (4) loves this game. I’m still figuring it out but it’s fun!

  • 15 Mb // Jan 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Try order up

  • 16 herschel // Jan 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

    GOODBYE PRODUCTIVITY.

  • 17 Beth Ellen // Jan 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

    So much fun, but I am not so good at getting the ducks. I am too busy messing with the stream of water…..

  • 18 Patti // Jan 31, 2012 at 12:47 am

    SO ADDICTIVE.

    Apparently I am a completist – I hadn’t know the term for it.

  • 19 Andrea // Feb 2, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Ok, you got me hooked.

  • 20 mjb // Feb 3, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I love your game recs! I won’t tell you how much time I wasted on chain factor.

  • 21 Jordan - polkadot prints // Feb 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    This game is awesome. Totally addicted! Thanks to you my midnight feeds are no longer droll!

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