Where's My Water?

App review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Puzzler's plot, unique gameplay will captivate young or old.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about physics and chemistry concepts like gravity and phases of matter with Where's My Water? They will also problem-solve and use spatial recognition skills to figure out how to alter the flow of water so that it bounces off of various platforms and obstacles to reach the goal. The game gives kids point A and point B, and leaves it up to them to figure out how to connect the stream of water so that it flows between those two points seamlessly. The fun puzzles in Where's My Water? encourage kids to use problem-solving skills.

Ease of Play

Because this is a unique kind of puzzle game, the controls are not instantly accessible, but the small learning curve makes this game easy for most players to be able to pick up and play. The puzzles increase in difficulty as players progress through the game, but for the most part it is a matter of trial and error that players will eventually be able to figure out as long as they have the time and willingness.

Violence & Scariness

Some of the levels use bombs to blow up surroundings. When poison water gets on rubber ducks, they quack and disappear, with skulls flashing briefly on the screen. If it gets on Swampy, he yelps and hops out of the tub.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

In-app purchases to unlock chapters or purchase additional stories range from $1 to $5. A button on the main menu encourages players to purchase more app content from the same publisher.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Where's My Water? is a casual puzzle game in which players must clear obstructions from a sewer system in order to deliver clean water to the shower of Swampy the Alligator. Swampy is an unusual alligator because he acts like a human and loves to be clean, a trait that the other alligators find contemptible. This underlying story is played out in a fun, cartoon style, and even though there is conflict, it does not come across as mean-spirited or hurtful.

User Reviews

Parent Written byembeau October 6, 2011

Ages 4/5 with help...older kids will do fine

The lower levels are easy enough for 4/5 year old but as you progress, parents will have to help with the logic and reasoning of choosing moves. Still, it is a... Continue reading
Parent Written bydianego January 7, 2012

Fun Game for Kids and Parents

My almost-five son and I play this game together, and talk about how to solve each of the puzzles. While some of them are difficult even for me, he often comes... Continue reading
Kid, 6 years old June 8, 2012

WATER

This game is very easy and it also can teach children a little about how to do something or physics.
Teen, 15 years old Written byOfficial Critic March 17, 2012

Great Game - with some action required

Where's My Water is an app which you can download on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android. This is a fun logical thinking game which many people will... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kids playing Where's My Water? must clear the way for water to flow to Swampy the Alligator's shower in this physics-based puzzler. They can also collect ducks and other items to get bonuses. By swiping their finger across the screen and through dirt, kids carve a path for it to flow (or, if it's in steam form, to float). They will encounter obstacles such as toxic ooze, bombs, and expanding algae, but they can also use these to their advantage, depending on the level.

Is it any good?

WHERE'S MY WATER? has all the elements needed for a captivating casual puzzle game -- a unique and differentiated style of gameplay, a fun and cute visual presentation, and a creative storyline to tie all the puzzle levels together. The gameplay mechanic of getting water from point A to point B while navigating around the myriad blocks, bombs, and obstructions is challenging and captivating, and the story of Swampy, the alligator who acts like a human, is funny and engaging enough for players to want to complete each level to advance the story. In short, it is a great game that any player, young or old, will be able to enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Show kids how these concepts can be used in real life, such as figuring out the best path from point A to point B on a map.

  • Offer this app, and the similar Where's My Perry?, to kids who have a scientific curiosity and want to see how different obstacles can affect the status quo.

App details

For kids who love puzzle apps

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