Parents' Guide to

Where's My Water? 2

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sequel to a hit game isn't as fun due to time limits.

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While the mechanics of Where's My Water? 2 are wonderful and the gameplay is as much fun as the first one, there are a couple features that overshadow those triumphs. Primary among these is the energy meter. While the game handles most in-app purchases well -- not forcing them on players and making it possible to play through the first 30 levels without buying anything -- limiting the playtime of a game that requires trial and error is a mistake. Casual players, who only play a level or two at a time, won't notice it, but fans of the game, who play for long periods, will feel almost as they're being punished. Worst yet, there is no way to disable the timer, even by paying real money.

If players can get over the timer frustration, they'll like what they see. The game sticks to the formula that has worked, adding in new elements and characters that keep it fresh. And adding in a social element with friends on Facebook is a smart move for adults, but it presents a hurdle for kids. After 30 levels, players are forced to either pay to advance further or must get help from friends on Facebook, where young children don't have an account. So parents, be prepared to pay for kids under age 13. For players looking to play casually, it's a can't miss. For avid players, be forwarned about the frustrations of being forced to walk away and wait for your meter to recharge -- or plan to pay ($.99) to continue from time to time.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Science: gravity, physics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, problem solving, solving puzzles, Self-Direction: achieving goals, time management, working efficiently
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 12, 2013
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
  • Last updated: February 6, 2020

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