Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun!
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun! is a puzzle game that puts players in the boots of a firefighter on Titan, a moon orbiting Saturn. Meteors have set off a series of fires on the planet, and you'll have to save the Titans' homes by successfully aiming a water cannon with a limited supply of water. The game is made in a cartoon style but features some challenging puzzles that might be too difficult for young players to figure out.
What's it about?
Kids put out fires on Titan, one of Saturn's moons, by adjusting a crane holding a hose to direct the water through obstacles to extinguish the flames. The game progresses from simply pointing the water at a fire to extinguish it to increasingly more difficult scenarios. The water supply is limited, too, adding another challenge. The less water used to put out the fire, the greater the score -- making resource management is an essential lesson to learn in this app.
Is it any good?
What makes SPRINKLE: WATER SPLASHING FIRE FIGHTING FUN! so enjoyable isn't its aim-your-water-cannon-just-right puzzles (though those are certainly fun), it's the water. It pools, it splashes, and it drains slowly, giving it a heightened sense of reality. It's odd praise, admittedly, but in a game that revolves so heavily around water, it's gratifying to know that the developers have focused so closely on the star of the show.
Having to buy your way into the third level/world is annoying, though, and makes the game feel rushed. (Technically, you can unlock it for free, but that requires a perfect performance on every prior level -- and given the level of difficulty with the puzzles, most won't be able to do that.) It's a notable gaffe, but otherwise this is a title that physics-based puzzle fans will love.
Families can talk about...
Allow kids to see water physics in action by using recycled plastic bottles and other objects to create a water wall on the backyard fence or on the shower wall.
Discuss the backstory with your kids, noting how the tourists' seemingly innocent actions wreaked havoc on this tiny moon. Talk about how things we do can have significant impact.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire|
|Subjects:||Science: gravity, motion, physics|
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically|
|Pricing structure:||Paid, Free|
|Release date:||August 31, 2011|
|Topics:||Space and aliens|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up|