Sprinkle [99¢] by Mediocre and Fabrication Games, is a water-squirting platform puzzler. The Swedish developers were pretty brave to take on this project as their debut release, as it's always challenging to represent water in a game, but they've really managed to pull it off. The water flows, splashes, pools up, makes waves, moves objects and surges, just as you'd expect it to. The water physics in this game look wonderful and are definitely the main attraction.

At the start of each level, a cute little red fire-truck arrives at the scene of a fire. You can adjust the height of the trucks crane by dragging it up or down, and you can also tilt the angle of the water cannon by swiping. Once the nozzle is aimed in the right direction, simply tap or hold the red button to squirt water. And the water does actually squirt. You can see the main stream of the flow with little bits shooting off, just like when you turned the hose on your family members as a kid. And it still feels good to squirt that H20!

This game is already being compared to Feed Me Oil [99c/ Review], which is also based on a liquid. However, the game-play of these two titles is actually completely different. In Feed me Oil, you're trying to pour thick black goop into a particular zone on the screen. Whereas in Sprinkle it doesn't matter where the water ends up, providing you put out the stubborn fires before your water supply runs out. And Sprinkle is set on one of Saturn's Moons, so there's little alien creatures inhabiting the levels.

There's four worlds provided at launch, with 46 levels in total. The key to unlocking the levels isn't speed as you might anticipate - instead, it's all about water conservation.  There's a little gauge at the bottom of the screen, which indicates how much of your water supply remains. The less water you use, the more blue water droplets you earn.

The blue droplets are used to unlock levels. If you obtain the maximum 5 droplets for all levels in a world, the next world is unlocked (which isn't made clear in the game). Or, if you can't be bothered with that, you can make optional in-app purchases for worlds 3 and 4, which also unlocks the earlier levels.  My main concern about this game was the number of levels, however I've been assured that additional levels are already planned for release soon.

Each level contains objects like blocks, ice and boulders to drag or hose into position, structures and mechanisms to manipulate with water and buttons to activate. The first world is pretty straightforward and can be solved by squirting water in the obvious directions, but then some puzzle elements are introduced to makes things more challenging. For example, you'll have to plan how to make your water reach each fire, because moving an object to drench one fire may unintentionally block the path to another. And just when you think all the fires are under control, a fireball might suddenly arrive from space, sparking brand new blazes.

Sprinkle has the cuteness factor turned up to high, with the fire-truck and little alien creatures looking adorable. The music deserves a mention too, for being catchy. And it's fun to squirt water through a small gap and have it erupt out the other side, like a geyser. Yup, splashing water around never gets old, so this new visually-appealing universal game will probably make a splash.

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  • Manta Research

    Wow!  Really well done!

  • http://www.facebook.com/CBrandonButler Brandon Butler

    I really like the concept but I find the controls to be really hard to get used too... wouldn't be bad if I didn't have to worry about moving the thing up and down but switching between both is really a pain for me :( 
    Probably just me...

    • Anonymous

      I found the controls to be a bit tough as well.  I'm playing on my iPhone so I think that's a factor.  Moving the nozzle to an angle isn't an issue because your finger can be anywhere on the screen.  Up and down was the issue for me because you have to be precisely on the nozzle and sometimes it angle instead of go up/down costing me time and water.  Regardless, it's a phenomenal game and I'm getting used to the controls.  I'm concerned about the number of levels though.

  • MicroByte

    This is a really fun action/puzzle game.  It does take some initial time to get familiar with the sprayer controls, but once you do, it's a blast!  The water and fire effects are really good and the planet inhabitants add so much charm to the game, you really DO want to protect those helpless little aliens.
    Very well done game, hopefully there will be more levels and Game Center added as well!

  • Anonymous

    Cool, universal - will grab this one today.

    • Anonymous

      Already have - for similar reasons!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Will-Buckingham/518019273 Will Buckingham

    It's good to hear the extra level packs can be opened with skill and not only through IAP like someone in the weekly release thread thought.  I don't like supporting games that aren't transparent about how you're expected to unlock content, and I bought this one blindly for the sharp graphic style and interesting mechanic.  Good to hear they did the right thing and made it an option to pay, but not mandatory.

  • http://twitter.com/nattanealz Champion

    You know , like he said : you have to obtain all of the drop in each level to unlock the next level so it REALLY HARDER than you think!! 
    only 3 star for that!!!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome game. Looks absolutely gorgeous. Water physics are just great.

    Also like the idea of getting all stars to nock next level pack with an option for paying to unlock it. Most such star based games offer no real incentive to get those stars other than getting slightly higher on global leader boards, so I rarely ever bother to get perfect score. But now that I kow I can save a buck or two, I'm definitely trying get all those 5 stars (or drops as u call them in this game)

  • http://www.bulletpointpost.com Bulletpointpost

    I'm going to have to get this tonight

  • Machine Gunner

    Looks good and although the control issues people are talking about is making me think twice i think i'll give it a try!

Sprinkle: Water splashing fire fighting fun! Reviewed by Troy Woodfield on . Rating: 4.5