I’ll admit, approaching many games on iOS come with a little bit of trepidation. Another physics-based puzzler from a company called Mediocre doesn’t exactly instill supreme confidence in me. I’m here to say without a doubt, Sprinkle Islands, sequel to 2011′s Sprinkle, is an affordable, fun, and challenging game. I’ve had a great time with it and that catches my cynical heart by surprise.
The utterly cute Sprinkle Island’s premise is fairly straightforward. Ouie operates a fire truck with a vertically extendable fire hose to put out fires. Water is sprayed from the fire hose by an on-screen button. Each stage presents various challenges and obstacles like ice blocks or stone balls that need to be moved with a limited water supply. Progressing through each stage unlocks the next. Upon completion of twelve stages, the next island opens up. Score is based on how much water is left, rewarding up to five drops of water similar to stars in other games.
Don’t let the cuteness fool you. Aiming the fire hose, predicting and using water trajectory, and manipulating obstacles to solve puzzles is both progressively challenging and genuinely satisfying. The real meat of Sprinkle Islands is the gratification of discovering the solution to a tough puzzle. Probably the most interesting of all are the boss battles at the end of each island. It isn’t so much a matter of life and death as much as it is figuring out tough puzzles in time to save huts burning down while trying to conserve water before it runs out. It is a great way to integrate puzzle solving and boss battles.
The game performs well on both iPad and iPhone. I do like having the larger screen to work with, but I also appreciate the smaller screen because of the ability to play the game in the palm of my hand without any real loss in graphics or performance. There is an option for low or high detail graphics, but it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference as it takes a real eagle eye to spot that there is just slightly more texture on the higher setting.
Sprinkle Islands is a worthy purchase at $1.99 on both iOS and Android. It is decidedly cute, but that should serve to broaden its appeal to gamers of all ages. It is an amusing puzzler that eases the player into its deliberate, ascending difficulty, making for a rewarding play experience. I really am surprised at how much I enjoyed Sprinkle Islands.
A copy of Sprinkle Islands for iOS was provided to us for the review.