What parents need to know
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.
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?
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.
|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
|Release date:||July 11, 2013|
|Topics:||Space and aliens|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.3 or later|