Where’s My Water 2 – IAP, Energy System Drowns this Puzzler
Where’s My Water 2 is a sequel to one of the most addictive physics-based puzzle game from Disney. This Android game runs on a freemium model using an energy bar that drains every time you play which can get on your nerves.
Join three charming alligators in Swampy, Allie, and Cranky on their adventure. Your goal is to guide the water, either cleaned or contaminated, or steam to a pipe which leads directly to the gator. You are also tasked to collect rubber duckies scattered around the level by filling them with your resource. These little ducks will help you unlock challenges inside a level and further locations as you progress. In terms of gameplay, Where’s My Water 2 offers 100 levels with various mechanics. Before, your mission is only to put the water into the tub. This time, it challenges you to finish the level without collecting any ducks, or it will turn the stage upside-down, or a Duck Rush challenge where you have to steer streaming water in a continuously sliding screen. The Mystery Duck, which moves around the stage, is also back giving you more trouble but in a good way. Visually, the presentation is well-polished. The characters are cute and players, of any age, will enjoy the level designs. You are also given a few power-ups to start with: Vacuum, where rubber duckies soaks up water near it; Dropper, where the mini ducks are almost filled already; and Absorber, which makes the cute duckies toxic-resistant for a turn. Further, if you are stuck on a level, there’s a limited hint system in place.
Disney assured gamers that they will have a brand-new experience with Where’s My Water 2. They did that, but it’s more of a thumbs-down for me. They claim that all the puzzles are free yet you can’t play all the puzzles without energy. In the beginning, you will not mind the frustrating energy meter. Also, you will hit the in-app purchase paywall as soon as you reach level 30 where you need 3 keys which cost $0.99 each, or if you want to avoid paying, you can connect to your Facebook account to see if 3 of your friends are also playing. If not, you are stuck.
Where’s My Water 2′s gameplay has improved with new challenges, but the energy meter, IAP system, and the excessive Facebook Connect notifications take away the enjoyment you should have had with this Android game. Previously, you can play at your leisurely pace. It’s just unfortunate that its flaws can hurt the game so bad. Anyway, if you still want to try it out, you can install it for free though you will probably delete it after reaching level 30. If only they stick to the similar pricing as the original, it would have been better. Gameplay-wise, the sequel is good. They should, however, change the title to Where’s My Wallet? or Where’s My Game?