Monday, July 02, 2012
A couple of weeks back, Where's My Water? was the free app of the week at the Apple App Store, so I downloaded it onto our iPad, thinking it would be a nice way to pass the time. Little did I realize what an obsession it would become! The concept is so simple -- just swipe your finger across the screen to move dirt around and create channels for water to flow into Swampy the alligator's bath tub -- but with constantly changing obstacles like acid, mold and walls, that's easier said than done. Where's my Water is one of the most popular apps for iOs; Swampy has become so popular that Disney is actually creating a web series and merchandise for him!
And now, Disney has created a new kind of Where's My Water app for fans of Perry the Platypus, aka Agent P, the semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action who stars in Disney's Phineas and Ferb. I got the chance to review the new app -- Where's My Perry? -- recently, and it has become an even bigger hit in our household than Where's My Water?. My kids are huge fans of the show, and they love Where's My Water? , so I was pretty sure they'd love Where's My Perry? -- and I wasn't wrong.
Just like with the original app, players have to swipe the screen to move dirt around to create channels for water to flow -- but now everything is themed to the Phineas & Ferb show. This time, the water acts as an escape route for Agent P to get back to headquarters, so the goal is to direct the water to enter Perry's chamber, so he can float to safety.
Unlike the original app, there are a few additional challenges to thwart Perry's escape:
* Water now comes in 3 states (ice, steam and liquid) and mimics that state's physical properties
* Dr. Doofenshmirtz has left a bunch of lasers to change the water's state (melt ice, condense steam, freeze water, etc.., so that can be good or bad depending on where you want to guide Perry), and vacuums that turn water into confetti (that's bad).
* Bombs are scattered throughout the area; when water touches the bombs they explode (bad because you lose water, but can be good if you have to blast through rock).
* Gnomes are scattered throughout the area; collecting them increases your score and gives you access to higher levels.
There are also bonus levels featuring Balloony, Dr. Doofenshmirtz's childhood friend, but none of my kids have reached those levels yet. I guess they'll be playing Where's My Perry? until they do.
Disclosure: I received a free download of the app to review. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.