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 2 is the sequel to the physics-based puzzle game Feed Me Oil. Players will create barricades to ensure the oil flows into the right area, using as few items as possible. There's no violence or objectionable content, but the game does heavily push the Facebook Connect social system, which could be a problem for parents who are already telling their kids they're too young to have a Facebook account.
What's it about?
Players attempt to funnel oil from a faucet into a finishing area. To guide it, they use various objects -- such as a stick to direct the flow in certain directions, a fan to blow it, and a valve to funnel it -- to help it reach the area. After setting up the delivery system, players touch the faucet and see whether their plans work. If not, they can move things around and try again. Players earn more stars by using fewer parts to get the job done.
Is it any good?
As a sequel to Feed Me Oil, FEED ME OIL 2 is a nice-looking game, but it doesn't do much to advance the increasingly crowded water-puzzle genre. It has quirky robotic animals setting the stage as the puzzles, but there's not a lot of diversity in the levels. And that can cause players to lose interest. The overly aggressive push to use Facebook Connect makes it even more frustrating. It's not a bad game, necessarily, but you can't help but feel that you've been here and done this before.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how kids interact with water every day. Encourage them to observe its behavior in different states, comparing it with how water behaves in the app.
For younger kids, water and sand play can be a fun way to learn. Have kids dig a tunnel to bring water to an end point. Set up obstacles along the way to encourage problem solving.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Price: $.99 (with in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Paid (In-app purchases for hints and solutions range from $1 to $5.)
- Release date: January 16, 2014
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 41.20 MB
- Publisher: Chillingo Ltd.
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
For kids who love puzzles
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