Feed Me Oil

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Funky physics puzzler dependent on hints, social network.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

This game is very challenging to play and win without utilizing hints. The menu is easy to navigate and the controls are responsive. New tools for moving the oil are introduced gradually, but their specific functions are not demonstrated very precisely, so fully utilizing them only comes with practice. The game progresses in difficulty, and several hints are available for each level, with a 30-second wait time between hints. Levels can be replayed to try to win with fewer tools to get more stars.

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Consumerism

An in-app purchase unlocks all of the hints in the game, otherwise there is a minimum wait time between hints. The difficulty of the puzzles makes unlocking the hints desirable. If you own a free lite version of the app, you'll need to pay to unlock the full version.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Feed Me Oil is a challenging physics game similar to World of Goo. The game includes dozens of puzzles where you place imaginative tools including wheels, fans, and mini-cyclones to move oil from the spout into a receptacle, often a monster's mouth. Your score and star rating depend on your speed and how few tools you use. There are several hints available for each puzzle, but there is a 30-second wait time between hints, unless you pay to unlock them with a one-time in-app purchase. Solving many of the puzzles without these hints is very challenging. The menu pages include links to Crystal, where you can track achievements and buy more games. Parents should note that Crystal collects private data including location. The game encourages you to find and contact friends through Crystal to unlock puzzles for yourself.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • prediction
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • developing novel solutions
  • innovation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

FEED ME OIL puts an imaginative twist on physics games. The funky scenes and monsters and the interesting tools make playing fun and interesting.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn about the physics of fluid dynamics and apply logic and knowledge gained from previous levels. The levels move quickly, so kids are encouraged and challenged to continue. The hints give feedback so kids can learn as they play.

Support

The game is challenging to play without hints, which are available for each level at 30-second intervals. The app connects to Game Center and Crystal Network, so scores can be shared.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • prediction
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • developing novel solutions
  • innovation

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions

Kids can learn about the physics of fluid dynamics as they direct the flow of oil to its target destination. They'll see that while some of the liquid flows one direction, some also spills, and they'll find a way to stop or minimize the spills. Players use logic and knowledge gained from previous levels to use the tools provided to direct the oil and prevent the spills. The premise of the game also teaches that, while oil is essential in making things work, it can harm the environment. Feed Me Oil is an entertaining way for kids to use creative problem-solving and physics concepts to solve the puzzles.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

A big oil pipe is broken, and players must protect the environment and help the oil monsters by directing the oil away from the ground and into the monsters' mouths. Players use platforms, fans, and magnets to divert the oil flow. Hints for the best placements of the objects are available at every level. Score is based on speed and getting the oil into the mouth with minimal spills. The app connects to Game Center and Crystal Network, so scores can be shared.

Is it any good?

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FEED ME OIL puts an imaginative twist on typical physics games. The funky scenes and monsters and the interesting tools, like the wind cyclones, make playing fun and interesting. However, the difficulty of solving the levels without the hints and the feeling that the tools must be placed very precisely risks stifling creativity, especially compared to a game like Amazing Alex where there are explicitly many solutions.

Families can talk about...

  • Discuss past oil pipeline disasters, like the 2011 BPA pipeline rupture, and the impact on the environment.

  • Help kids use the Internet to investigate careers in petroleum engineering or learn more about alternative fuels.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99-$1.99
Release date:June 2, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:12.20 MB
Publisher:Chillingo Ltd.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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Kid, 11 years old June 13, 2011

Fun!

It's easy but challenging at the same time. You will try hundreds of times without using a hint, but of course if you give up you can use one. You can buy more. If you don't, you can disable buying stuff in app purchases, everything should be fine. I see nothing wrong with this game, it's cheap and enjoyable.

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