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Sprinkle Islands

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Unpredictable physics make a cute game harder than it looks.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn problem-solving skills and critical thinking as they use the physics of water to put out fires. The game builds on knowledge gleaned from previous levels as kids notice what worked and how the water interacted with obstacles so they can strategize the best way to use the limited resource and the surrounding environment to put out the fires quickly. Because water physics is chaotic, though, they'll also learn that sometimes plans need to be altered. Sprinkle Islands is awash with watery puzzles that stretch kids' understanding of water physics.

Ease of play

Learning the game is easy, but mastering trajectory and aim with the water cannon is difficult, especially due to the chaotic nature of the water.

Violence & scariness

If you fail to complete the level, the villagers' houses burn, and they're sad -- but they're not hurt.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sprinkle Islands is a physics-based puzzle game that tasks players to extinguish fires on the Titan moon, which orbits Saturn. The main character is a good role model for attempting to help his neighbors -- and though fire might burn down a villager's hut, the characters are never harmed. The game is challenging, though, due to the limited supply of water and the unpredictable physics, and it might prove too difficult for young players. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

Kids put out fires on Titan, one of Saturn's moons, by adjusting a crane holding a hose (via swiping) to direct the water through obstacles to extinguish flames. The water supply is limited, though, making careful aim a necessity. The water never acts exactly as you'd expect, ramping up the difficulty. The less water used to put out the fire, the greater the score, making resource management an essential lesson to learn in this app.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

As with its predecessor, the star of SPRINKLE ISLANDS isn't the puzzles and it isn't the amorphous blob that's the hero of the game. It's the water, which acts incredibly like water does in the real world, splashing and pooling and not always going where you want it to go. 

The focus on real-world water physics makes the game incredibly challenging. Repeating the exact same move twice doesn't always yield the same results, which younger players might not understand (and might get frustrated over). The tropical music soothes the nerves, though, and keeps players engaged and always willing to try just one more time. 

Families can talk about...

  • Pour water over a surface to show the chaotic nature of water flow.

  • Discuss how fires start -- and what kids can do to avoid that.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Subjects:Science: momentum, motion, physics
Skills:Emotional Development: developing resilience, persevering
Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, working efficiently
Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, problem solving, solving puzzles
Price:$1.99
Release date:July 11, 2013
Category:Puzzle Games
Topics:Space and aliens
Size:37.20 MB
Publisher:Mediocre AB
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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