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SPRINKLE [IOS] – REVIEW (79%)

31 Aug

Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun! is a cute puzzle game released by Mediocre AB.

“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! “

This game is simple in design. You are presented with a puzzle, several areas of the screen are on fire (this can be added to by a flaming meteor moments into the puzzle) and you have to put out these fires with your cannon. Due to the designs of the levels, the cannon does not have a direct line to the fires, so you need to use the level itself to aim your water towards the fires. Finish the level before you run out of water, and you are rewarded droplets for the amount of water you had left.

The levels contain rocks that can be moved, switches to be triggered, cogs to turn and holes to block.

The game gives you twenty levels for free. Some of these are locked until you get the number of droplets needed to unlock them, which can extend the longevity, but for me I had to replay a level once and then I played through to the end in less than an hour. At this point you can unlock the next 10 levels for £0.69.

The game is control by moving your finger up and down on the cannon, to raise and lower it, and then away from the cannon to rotate the head of the cannon up and down.

The graphics and sound are both good, the graphics of the aliens are cute as the leap out of the way of the water and the fires.

On the upside:

  • Cute game.
  • Some nicely designed puzzles.
  • Realistic water effects.

On the downside:

  • Lack of longevity (finished base levels in less than an hour)
  • In-app to unlock what you know will be less than half an hour of gameplay

Overall, I liked this game and it was fun to play, however, the twenty levels you get for £0.69 are a little short lived. The idea of buying the next 10 levels for £0.69 when they are likely to last about 30 minutes, just does not feel like good value, especially as you know you will have to do it again for the next 10 levels. If the game had all the fourty levels for the original £0.69 or even £1.49 I would have been a lot happier. However, when you do not look forward to updates with new levels to a game it is a bad day.

Rating: 79%

Size: 18.7 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69 (in-app purchases to unlock later areas – £2.07 for the full current game.)

Link: Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun! – Mediocre AB

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in Game - Puzzle, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

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