Sprinkle – Fire Fighting is Fun in this challenging Puzzle game
Mar 21, 2012 9:48 AM –
Sprinkle is a gorgeous and challenging puzzle game. Featuring captivating physics-based gameplay, superb sound and blazing graphics, it’s lots of fun and can be played by children and adults alike. Sprinkle has already won a slew of gaming awards and was recently available for just 49 cents as part of Google Play Store launch promotion. If you’ve enjoyed games like Angry Birds or Where’s My Water? in the past, this could be your new gaming addiction…
Price: Free, $1.99
Tested on: HTC Desire HD
Pros & Cons:
- Incredible graphics!
- Sublime sound and music!
- Challenging gameplay!
In a nutshell, Sprinkle puts you in charge of a powerful hosepipe- with the responsibility to stop the fire from burning down the peaceful residents’ homes. You are on the Saturn moon Titan, and blazing asteroids are raining down like some kind of fiery apocalypse! It’s up to you to quench the fires and save the people!
There are essentially 4 different types of interaction in the game. Firstly, you control the height of the hose, then also the direction of the nozzle. Then you have a squirt button which, when pressed, releases a torrent of water at your target. Lastly, there are occasionally other elements to move such as cogs and boxes. These become a crucial part of the level and you’ll need to work out what you need to do in order to put out the fires. You have a set amount of time until the fire destroys one of the resident’s homes and if this happens the level ends unsuccessfully. You also only have so much water… so use sparingly! I found it prudent to repeatedly tap the squirt button so as not to waste a single drop.
The first thing you’ll notice is how stunning the graphics are and how immaculate the water looks. It has a fluid (obviously) richness that is genuinely impressive. This is supported by brilliant sound; both music and sound effects are perfect for the game. The gameplay is diverse and hugely challenging, I found the learning curve quite steep at times and some levels require genuine ingenuity to solve. If you’re a big puzzle game fan, or appreciate rich graphics and well re-created physics, this is for you.
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Sprinkle – Loading
Sprinkle – Intro video
Sprinkle – Beautiful graphics with glossy water
Sprinkle – Accurate water physics
Sprinkle – Some levels require you to move items
Sprinkle – Fire is trickier and trickier to put out
Sprinkle – Challenging environments and puzzles
Sprinkle – Credits
Sprinkle is lots of fun and thoroughly engaging. It’s also a race against the clock to solve the puzzle and work out how best to quench the flames. Sometimes these fires are tricky to get to and you have to rely on physics and squirting in just the right direction to put it out, using the environment around you. Not easy, but ultimately very rewarding when you get it right.
I don’t think Sprinkle is as addictive as other games, but only based on the fact that I felt the learning curve was a little too steep. Levels went from being relatively easy to incredibly hard and I can see this putting people off a little. That aside, once you get the hang of the game, and learn how best to use the hose, this could quite easily be something you play over and over.
The graphics, although essentially 2D, are really outstanding. The water itself looks simply incredible and very detailed. The environments, the fire, the little aliens and their homes are all very intricately designed and perfectly rendered for the game.
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The music is really good and doesn’t ever seem to become irritating. There are authentic crackling sounds of the fire, as well as cute alien noises. These all contribute sublimely to gamer experience and compliments the game well.
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