Feed Me Oil 2

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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By-the-numbers puzzler with a "crude" twist.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about problem solving and a little bit about physics concepts such as gravity in Feed Me Oil 2. The app focuses chiefly on problem solving in the early levels, asking players to divert water to the proper receptacle using an assortment of tools. Kids can exercise their problem-solving skills in the process. Although Feed Me Oil 2 wasn't designed to be a physics lesson, the concepts it exposes kids to are relevant in the real world.

Ease of Play

The interface is very intuitive, but the puzzles get progressively harder -- especially for players who want to get three stars on each level. 

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Players can buy hints and puzzle solutions for prices ranging from $1 to $5. 

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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. 

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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.

App details

  • 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

For kids who love puzzles

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