A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: engineering, gravity, motion, physics
- Skills: Creativity: developing novel solutions, innovation
Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions
Thinking & Reasoning: logic, prediction, problem solving, solving puzzles
- 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