Looking for a new game on the App Store is not always a pleasant experience, especially if you’re looking for a suitable game for your kids: one with no third-party ads, in-app purchases, or unnecessary use of the Internet. That’s why we pay close attention when a well-known kids’ app developer creates a game for kids.
My game pick for today is Busy Water. It’s a brand new puzzle game from developer Edoki, where you connect water pipes of different shapes and manipulate water to help a fish get back into its tank. The concept is fairly simple to grasp, but it makes for a fun and addictive playing experience.
Steer the Fish to Safety
You start by learning the basic gestures in the game: tap to turn the pipe and drag to move or attach it to another pipe. Once you have the hang of it, you will encounter a level that forces you to rotate the device upside down to solve the puzzle. Soon afterwards, you’ll learn that you can tilt and/or rotate your device to control gravity, and thus decide where the fish and water will go.
There are a few other things that you need to know. For example, you must be careful with the physics momentum otherwise. You can’t rotate nor move the blue pipes. And, you can use the orange cap to close unwanted pipe openings.
The app has 105 pre-built levels that are divided into three sections. Each section introduces you to new game elements. You can replay any level, by simply going to the map and choosing the level you want.
After 30 levels or so, you may need to scroll up/down or left/right to see the entire puzzle. New game elements, such as water guns, steering wheels, and ropes, start to show up. You will also be playing with different forms of water, such as ice cubes and steam.
Parents Need to Know
In addition to the 105 pre-built levels, you can build your own puzzles using any of the elements in the game. I even tried building a level with two or more fish. Once you have completed your design, the game will automatically upload it to the cloud and give you a 6-digit alphanumeric code that your friends can use to download the level.
Other than the upload/download process of the user-designed puzzles, Busy Water doesn’t require an Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks. The app also supports many languages in addition to English.
Things I Like
At first, I thought this was a simple pipe-connecting puzzle game for kids. Then the game starts to increase in complexity once you need to rotate and/or tilt the device. You focus less on connecting the pipes and more on how to solve the puzzle.
The puzzle also outgrows the screen size. The part where you deal with water guns and converters reminded me of the classic Where’s My Water game, but I’d say Busy Water is a bit more challenging. In this game you need to make sure that the goldfish has a continuous access to water, otherwise it will die. This wide range of complexity makes the game fun for both kids and adults.
The ability to design our own puzzles is also excellent. Right now, you can only download user-designed puzzles that you have access to. But I hope that when more people start to design more puzzles, the developers might consider a curated gallery of great user-designed puzzles that are available for anyone to download.
Busy Water is a great pipe-connecting puzzle game for kids aged 6+. In trying to find a way to rescue the goldfish, kids are challenged to think spatially and solve problems creatively. And with the ability to build their own puzzles, kids can challenge their friends and family to play this game (almost) endlessly.
App was provided for our honest review.