Where's My Water?

from Disney, originally released 22nd September, 2011

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News:

Where’s My Water? Getting New Levels Every Week

Fans of Swampy and co. are in luck, because Disney has just started releasing three new levels for the game every week. They’re totally free to play, but the catch is that you have to download the levels each week, or you’ll miss out on them forever.

To download each week’s new levels, make sure you have the latest update to the game, then swipe left from the main menu to be find the Levels of the Week screen. Note that you have to have played the first level of the game for the new levels to show up.

Like everyone else on the planet, we’re big fans of free content, and it’s great to see Swampy get more levels on a regular basis. And if you still can’t get enough of the lovable sewer-dwellers, check out the YouTube show Swampy’s Underground Adventures.

News:

Where’s My Water Videos Coming to YouTube

The New York Times reported today that Disney and YouTube have partnered up to produce several series of videos, one of which will be based on Disney’s popular iOS puzzle game Where’s My Water?

The agreement, which includes the two companies investing between $10 million and $15 million to create the videos, is part of a larger plan by YouTube to bring more professional content to the site.

The storyline of Where’s My Water is told in a text-free series of images in the game. Basically, an alligator named Swampy wants to take a shower, but other alligators, including one named Cranky, want to stop him. It would seem that they’ll have to expand the universe of the game to turn that concept into a cartoon, but if anyone can pull that off, it’s Disney.

The companies haven’t announced when the videos will debut, but we’re looking forward to seeing what becomes of Swampy and co. Will Where’s My Water become as big a hit as Angry Birds?

[Via The New York Times]

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Game of the Month, September 2011: Where’s My Water?

It was hard to pick just one winner, since September 2011 has been one of the best months for iOS gaming since the launch of the App Store. But after playing through the month’s Must Have games, one stood out above the rest: Disney’s incredible physics puzzler, Where’s My Water?

In Where’s My Water, you have to help an alligator take a shower by drawing a path for his water to flow. In the sewers where he lives, there are lots of obstacles that will get in your way, like piles of dirt, poisonous chemicals, and out-of-control grass that grows when water touches it. You can try to race through the levels, or take your time to get three rubber duckies on each– a challenge that brings to mind some of the best iOS puzzlers, like Cut The Rope.

Our runner-up for Game of the Month is Monsters Ate My Condo, a fast-paced matching game from Adult Swim. Spoofing Japanese monster disaster movies, in this game you have to swipe to knock out levels of a toppling condo, feeding each floor to a giant monster on either side. Not only is this game amazing to look at and listen to, but the gameplay mechanics are so fun that you’ll be fighting for a high score.

Congratulations to Disney and Adult Swim for creating two of the most amazing iOS games this month! There are lots of other great games for September, too, so check out yesterday’s recap for our recommendations, and check the reader comments for even more suggestions.

Reviews:

Where’s My Water? Review

Ladies and gentlemen, a new high-quality physics puzzle game has arrived on the App Store. With the same amount of polish and approachability as Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, Where’s My Water delivers a series of physics puzzles that’s easy to start playing, but hard to stop. Nearly everything about this game makes you want to keep going.

For one thing, the premise is appealingly ridiculous. Your role in Where’s My Water is to deliver water to a cartoon alligator who’s waiting for his shower to turn on. The alligator’s bathroom is underground, so your job is to clear away dirt so a sufficient amount of water can flow into a pipe connected to the shower. It’s an absurd premise, and it appeals to gamers of all ages.

How did the duckies get out there?

To clear a path through the dirt, you draw on the screen. The water follows the rules of physics, so gravity makes it flow into any opening it would in the real world. If the water falls a long distance, it’ll pick up speed and splash around or shoot off ramps. Your iOS device’s touchscreen is ideal for a game like this, and with a few unremarkable exceptions, the controls work terrifically here.

The game comes with 80 levels that are divided into four level packs (with more on the way). Each level has three rubber duckies you can collect by touching them with water. Some levels even contain hidden objects buried in the dirt. Finding these puts them in your trophy collection.

Kids, stay away from acid.

But of course it’s not all simple splashing and digging. The levels are full of hazards you’ll have to deal with if you want to deliver the water to the gator’s shower pipe. There’s algae that slurps up any water that touches it. There’s a purple liquid that poisons your water supply, but also burns up algae. There’s green acid that eats through dirt, and bombs that blow open big holes.

You’ll also find less menacing items in the levels, like faucets that let you control the flow of water and switches that open up new areas in the levels. There’s a lot going on in this game, but the new elements are introduced gradually, so it never feels overwhelming. The difficulty ramps up at a steady pace, too, and the game rarely feels too easy or difficult. Really, if you like physics puzzle games, there’s not much to complain about here.

Where’s My Water is one of those wonderful casual games that’s perfectly suited for the iPhone and iPad. It appeals to gamers of all ages, and offers plenty of content for very little money. We expect Where’s My Water to stick around the top selling games list for a while to come. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have some duckies to collect.