Perry: He’s a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action; he’s a furry little flatfoot who’ll never flinch from a fray. He’s got more than just mad skill; he’s got a beaver tail and a bill. And the women swoon whenever they hear him say… *platypus chatter*.
He’s Perry, Perry the Platypus… but you can call him Agent P. But whatever you call him, if you’re a fan of the Disney cartoon Phineas and Ferb, then you’re no doubt familiar with his exploits as a secret agent for O.W.C.A. (the Organization Without a Cool Acronym) who constantly foils the EVIL schemes of the devious Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. And part of those adventures involves covertly slipping away from his secret identity as the pet of the show’s eponymous two boys and traveling to his secret headquarters through a series of hidden underground tubes.
But in Where’s My Perry?, something is preventing the tubes from working normally (O.W.C.A. boss Major Monogram suspects it’s Doofenshmirtz, but he’s giving intern Carl the cold shoulder, just in case). Whatever the case, it’s up to you to help Perry guide enough water to the transport’s power generators that he can continue on his way by using your finger and the touchscreen to clear a path through the underground soil.
Claustrophobia sets in.
Sound familiar? As you might have guessed from the title, Where’s My Perry? is basically the same type of game as Where’s My Water?, one of the most popular iOS games of all time. But before anyone starts in with cries of ‘rip-off,’ don’t forget that Where’s My Water? was a product of Disney Mobile, the publishers of this game.
In fact, the developers– Creature Feep– did both games as well, so in reality, Where’s My Perry? is more of an indirect sequel to Where’s My Water? than anything else. In fact, future updates will include special new levels featuring Swampy, the star of that game (which also just happens to be the name of one of Phineas and Ferb‘s co-creators), while the current release openly invites you to try out its predecessor (and for those who like to dig around, there’s even a special hidden level with a Swampy cameo).
That said, Where’s My Perry? offers its own spin on the formula as Dr. Doofenshmirtz attempts to interfere with a suffocating sludge and his new ‘Crazy-inators,’ which can change water to its three regular states: solid, liquid, and gas. For example, the Heat-inator will turn ice to water, or water to steam, while the Cool-inator works the opposite way. Others, such as the Celebrate-inator, will suck your valuable water away to… well, they say that’s classified, and we don’t want them to send Norm the Giant Robot Man after us.
Whereas Swampy would collect rubber duckies on his adventure, Perry collects lawn gnomes (part of an old Doofenshmirtz revenge plot before Perry thwarted him, thus ensuring our gardens remained protected from the evils of black magic). Likewise, where Swampy collected trinkets and treasures, Perry collects secret files on other O.W.C.A. agents and Doofenshmirtz’s evil -inators. Collecting all three of one or the other during each mission (the way in which stages are divided up) opens up a special bonus stage featuring Balloony, Doofenshmirtz’ childhood friend, as you navigate a course for him up through the dirt.
It’s easy for a studio to take a license, quickly churn out a game, and call it a day. However, Where’s My Perry? mostly feels like an authentic experience for fans of the show. All of the characters featured have their original voices from the cartoon, and you are given plenty of opportunities to hear them, which really keeps things lively. From entering and exiting a stage to simply taking too long or failing, there is plenty of chatter going on, and it’s generally a while before any of it starts to repeat. Unfortunately, the version of the Perry theme song show viewers are familiar with isn’t here, though you’ll hear something like it here and there.
Likewise, when you complete a mission, you’re treated to an animated short wherein Perry finally reaches his base of operations. The unfortunate part here is, while these are entertaining and the humor feels spot-on to the show, the animation seems a little cut-rate in comparison– and it’s not as though the show’s is phenomenal. Plus, as near as we can tell, you can’t replay the ending cutscenes at will– you have to repeat the last stage in a mission to view them again.
If the game has one serious flaw, though, it’s that it is probably not ideal for the iPhone– at least, compared to the iPad’s larger screen. There are times when you’ll need to make fine, precise movements to cut through the dirt, but will instead cut a swath that can seriously affect the flow of water, often to great detriment. As a result, already-tricky stages can become frustratingly difficult as the soil falls apart like Doofenshmirtz’s marriage (okay, maybe that was a bit harsh; Charlene says they wanted different things, and Heinz wanted to be evil. These things happen sometimes).
Simply put, Where’s My Perry? is a very good game, whether you’re a fan of Where’s My Water? or a fan of Phineas and Ferb. And if you’re a fan of both? Then there is no reason for you not to have this game… that is, unless you’re Huge Hands Hans, in which case you’ll want to be sure to look into the iPad version.