Aqueduct

Common Sense Media says

Great puzzles about water running through pipes.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Aqueduct is very easy to control -- slide the pipe pieces around to complete the path. The difficulty ramps up gradually and new pieces and functions are introduced over time. Progress in an unsolved puzzle can be saved to try a different puzzle. One minor tweak would be nice: being able to progress directly to the next puzzle when one is solved, rather than being bumped back to the puzzle menu.

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Consumerism

On the info screen there are links to the developer's website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, as well as other games from the developers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns: There is a link on the info page to send an email to the developers, which opens a Mail message.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Aqueduct is an excellent puzzle game that challenges the player to complete the path from the spigots to the drains. There's a small amount of branding but the app focuses on the game itself, which is kid-safe. The puzzles become progressively more challenging but there are a lot of levels that children will be able to solve on their own or with some assistance before reaching the harder levels. There is a free version, Aqueduct 101, with a smaller set of simpler puzzles for those wishing to try out the game before purchasing the full version.

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QUALITY
 

AQUEDUCT takes a familiar type of puzzle -- connecting up water pipes from the spigots to the drains -- and puts a new twist on it. Rather than being able to place pipe pieces onto the board, the player must slide the pipes around to create the paths. As new features are introduced, the puzzles get more challenging. There are obstacles to work around, buttons to open gates, and moving sidewalks that will push the pieces unless there’s something to stop them. There are also floating bridges that can be moved, teleporters, and immovable pipe parts. Some puzzles have multiple spigots or drains, requiring clever use of the branching pipes.

The graphics are fantastic, with a hand-drawn quality that avoids being overly sketchy, and the interface is clean and simple without anything extraneous. Other than an info screen about the developer and their other games, the app focuses on the puzzles themselves and doesn't rely on a lot of bells and whistles -- and the puzzles themselves are quite enough to satisfy. While the first couple sets of levels aren't tremendously difficult, they're still a lot of fun to solve. And with 190 levels total, Aqueduct will keep any player occupied for quite a while.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:November 16, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:Kieffer Bros.
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

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