Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun! Review
- Fantastic water physics (good visuals and sound too).
- Some may not like having to pay for extra levels.
- Controls aren't optimal.
“Great use of water in an iPhone app” seems like an odd selling point, but the way Sprinkle revolves its puzzles around the much needed liquid is worth the price of admission alone.
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There have been a few games in the App Store that have had players putting out fires with hoses, but none of them have seemed to pull it off with such finesse as the developers of Sprinkle have. It seems that Earth tourists are constantly crashing into the straw huts on Titan, one of Saturn's moons. Rather than let the inhabitants have their homes destroyed, it's up to you to man the water cannon and put out the fires, wasting as little water as possible.
The hose is manned by three controls. Pressing the big red button in the bottom right of the screen will fire the water, while the nozzle itself can be aimed in an arc, and the height of the hose can be adjusted as well. The trick to each stage is to put out the fires using as little water as possible (with a perfect run netting you five drops on level completion). This is achieved using slopes and crevices in the landscape to create optimum routes for your water to travel down (often there being objects such as windmills and rocks either aiding or impeding your progress).
What makes this game such a joy to play is how amazing the water is. Not only visually, but the way it pools up, splashes over ridges and drains away shows that the developers really fine-tuned this aspect of the game. This is noticeable in the sound department as well, with the water sounding really great at the expense of the other sound effects and music (not that the rest of the graphics and sound are bad, they're just not as noticeable).
The first two worlds of Sprinkle shouldn't take you long to complete, but if you wish to continue with more content, you can either achieve five drops on every level, or pay an extra couple of dollars for the rest of the game. Depending on how much you enjoy this great entry into the physics puzzle genre will influence whether or not there is value in this transaction.
Description*** Winner of Best Casual Game in the 2012 International Mobile Gaming Awards! ***
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!