Where's My Water?

Common Sense Media says

Puzzler's plot, unique gameplay will captivate young or old.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Because this is a unique kind of puzzle game, the controls are not instantly accessible, but the small learning curve makes this game easy for most players to be able to pick up and play. The puzzles increase in difficulty as players progress through the game, but for the most part it is a matter of trial and error that players will eventually be able to figure out as long as they have the time and willingness.

Violence & scariness

Some of the levels use bombs to blow up surroundings. When poison water gets on rubber ducks, they quack and disappear, with skulls flashing briefly on the screen. If it gets on Swampy, he yelps and hops out of the tub.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

In-app purchases to unlock chapters or purchase additional stories range from $1 to $5. A button on the main menu encourages players to purchase more app content from the same publisher.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address. The main menu has links to the app's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Where's My Water? is a casual puzzle game in which players must clear obstructions from a sewer system in order to deliver clean water to the shower of Swampy the Alligator. Swampy is an unusual alligator because he acts like a human and loves to be clean, a trait that the other alligators find contemptible. This underlying story is played out in a fun, cartoon style, and even though there is conflict, it does not come across as mean-spirited or hurtful.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

With high-quality design and graphics, an appealing narrative, and engaging puzzles, kids will enjoy helping Swampy the Alligator deal with his water problems. Watch out: game play can be addictive for kids and grown-ups alike!

Learning Approach

Play is mostly about having fun. Learning content focuses on using logic and planning to solve puzzles, but kids can also pick up some science concepts, such as the differences in behavior between water, steam, and ice.

Support

There’s no help function, but each levels starts with a little hint. There are no connections to deeper learning content or off screen experiences. Fantastic language options make the app accessible for kids in many parts of the world.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn about physics and chemistry concepts like gravity and phases of matter with Where's My Water? They will also problem-solve and use spatial recognition skills to figure out how to alter the flow of water so that it bounces off of various platforms and obstacles to reach the goal. The game gives kids point A and point B, and leaves it up to them to figure out how to connect the stream of water so that it flows between those two points seamlessly. The fun puzzles in Where's My Water? encourage kids to use problem-solving skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mark Raby

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Kids playing Where's My Water? must clear the way for water to flow to Swampy the Alligator's shower in this physics-based puzzler. They can also collect ducks and other items to get bonuses. By swiping their finger across the screen and through dirt, kids carve a path for it to flow (or, if it's in steam form, to float). They will encounter obstacles such as toxic ooze, bombs, and expanding algae, but they can also use these to their advantage, depending on the level.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

WHERE'S MY WATER? has all the elements needed for a captivating casual puzzle game -- a unique and differentiated style of gameplay, a fun and cute visual presentation, and a creative storyline to tie all the puzzle levels together. The gameplay mechanic of getting water from point A to point B while navigating around the myriad blocks, bombs, and obstructions is challenging and captivating, and the story of Swampy, the alligator who acts like a human, is funny and engaging enough for players to want to complete each level to advance the story. In short, it is a great game that any player, young or old, will be able to enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Show kids how these concepts can be used in real life, such as figuring out the best path from point A to point B on a map.

  • Offer this app, and the similar Where's My Perry?, to kids who have a scientific curiosity and want to see how different obstacles can affect the status quo.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$.99
Pricing structure:Free, Paid
Release date:September 22, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:19.80 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written byembeau October 6, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Ages 4/5 with help...older kids will do fine

The lower levels are easy enough for 4/5 year old but as you progress, parents will have to help with the logic and reasoning of choosing moves. Still, it is a great app that will have your child thinking about the best course of action. This app works for solitary play if your child is a bit older.

Kid, 6 years old June 8, 2012
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2
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LEARNING

WATER

This game is very easy and it also can teach children a little about how to do something or physics.

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic March 17, 2012
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Great Game - with some action required

Where's My Water is an app which you can download on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android. This is a fun logical thinking game which many people will have on their device. Barely any violence are shown or needed in this game. A great game for kids, teens and possibly adults.

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