Sprinkle: Water Splashing Fire Fighting Fun! Review – Far from mediocre
App Type: Uncategorized
By: Mediocre AB
Version #: 1.7.1
Date Released: 2013-05-30
Developer: Mediocre AB
Price: 1.99User Rating:
Firefighting has never been so interesting. Life on an alien planet seems to take place within the same physical confines of our universe – Things do catch fire. In this game, you take control of a firetruck and levels revolve around putting out these fires.
Sounds boring? Far from it.
Each level is strategically designed to have fires placed amongst well positioned slopes. The architecture of levels as well as the realistic physics mechanisms allow for a lifelike experience whereby water flows virtually as it would in real time. Add fluid graphics into the equation and you have the stage set for one of the best puzzlers you can get.
Controls are rather complicating to understand. One one side of the screen players take control of the firetruck itself, or rather the crane on which the water cannon is mounted. Players slide their fingers up and down to adjust the height of the hose, then twist around to set the nozzle in position. On the other side of the screen lies the firing button, where tapping and holding unleashes a finite stream of water gushing straight ahead.
Yes, I said finite.
To the left of the red firing button lies a blue bar. This bar indicates how much water there is left to in the hose. The amount of water used, along with other determinants like time taken to put out the fires add up to whatever scores players obtain after the game. To make matters worse, occasionally you will have asteroids hitting your level screen sparking new fires and potentially messing up your game plan.
To spice the game up, certain levels will have obstacles to overcome. These include switches that have to be unlocked by shifting things like boulders across through spraying a concentrated jet of water at them. Others will have ice cubes slipping around where fast reflexes are required to complete the task. All this means players will have to carefully ration the amount of water they use.
All in all this game provides a huge sense of excitement and fulfillment to me. I’ve found myself hooked for hours on end and even now I am pushing the writing of this article to clear stages. 2 further worlds with their own unique levels are available for in-app purchases, and with a base price of $1.99 the app is a little expensive. However, the excellent game play more than justifies it.
Would I Buy Again:Yes
Learning Curve:Difficult. Takes a while to grasp the techniques of the game.
Who Is It For:Just about everyone
What I Like:The awesome mechanics of the game
What I Don't Like:Controls aren't that responsive which can be a problem in stages that require precision
Final Statement:Far from mediocre
Ready, aim, squirt! Join over eight million players in this wet physics puzzler!
"Gaming App of the Day" - [Kotaku]
"Sprinkle is a solid puzzle game in a similar vein as Crush the Castle or Angry Birds, yet carries gameplay and an identity distinct from either." 4/4 Must have - [Slide To Play]
"Daily iPhone App" - [TUAW]
"The game quickly made its way to every member of my family" - [ArsTechnica]
Using a water cannon mounted on a crane, players must adjust the height and angle of the cannon to fight fires, move obstacles, spin wheels and activate traps in this challenging water-physics based puzzler! But squirt carefully as you will run out of water and the less water you use, the more drops you earn!
Using some of the most realistic water physics seen on an iOS device yet, Sprinkle is a brain-teasing game that will have players straining to figure out each puzzle and obstacle.
Amazing water physics – Some of the most realistic water physics ever seen on an iOS device make Sprinkle an exciting and addictive puzzler.
Brain-teasing puzzles – What starts as simply pointing and spraying to quench each fire becomes much more challenging through the 72 levels, as players must overcome the intricacies of each puzzle before time and water run out.
Blocks, boulders, and cogs oh my – Use the power of your water cannon to move blocks of ice and boulders, spin giant cogs, and depress traps inorder to reach and extinguish every last fire.
The inhabitants of Titan, a moon of Saturn, lived out their days peacefully in their straw hut homes – until space tourists from Earth crashed through Saturn’s rings, bringing a storm of flaming asteroids crashing down on the Titans. To combat the widespread fires threatening their homes, the Titans have built a massive water cannon. And they need you to man it!
Article By Eng Wei Jie
A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.
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