Developer: Disney
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Playtime: Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Overall Rating: ★½☆☆☆

To the unaware, my review of Where’s My Water 2 will look like a varied collection of words, cleverly arranged in such a way to convey meaning in the specific arrangement of letters, punctuation, and spaces. But really, I’m just trying to stretch the word “Nope!” over 400-plus words, because this game is a disaster. Why?

They added an energy mechanic to Where’s My Water 2, and a very restrictive one on that. Catbug, take it away.

The heart of the game is the same as the original and its various permutations all brought together in a nice progress tracking map, but with the added energy mechanic. So now, every time a level is beaten or even if it needs to be restarted, it drains energy. This is a game that actively doesn’t want players to play it as the energy system ruins the flow of the game.

WheresMyWater2-1WheresMyWater2-4It’s a shame because there are cool new elements in the game. There are new challenge levels that twist around the game’s objectives like trying to not get any ducks, for example, or not activating switches. As well, the new auto-scrolling levels, where six different ducks must be collected while trying to get enough water to the bottom where Swampy’s pipe lays. The animation is still top-notch, and the whole game looks better than ever.

But oh, if only it was possible to play it for more than a few minutes at a time. The energy system is particularly oppressive in that it takes way too long to refill to play again, and it charges $0.99 to refill it, though there’s also ways to refill by annoying Facebook friends. Power-ups are available too, which would be okay just by themselves but with the energy system it’s abhorrent. Also, for $16.99(!!!) you can extend your energy bar by some unspecified amount.

WheresMyWater2-6WheresMyWater2-5Look, it would be one thing if this was the only game in the series. But it isn’t, it’s the fourth main release, after Where’s My WaterWhere’s My Perry, and Where’s My Mickey, and the free bonus levels in Where’s My Valentine and Where’s My Summer. They don’t have energy systems. So when that energy bar runs out in Where’s My Water 2, I ask: Is it really worth the $0.99 to refill that energy bar instead of buying one of the other games? And once they’re all mastered, if there’s still the hunger for more, is it really worth supporting such an insulting endeavor?

No. Don’t do it. Don’t give in. Don’t support this. Disney, fix the energy system right now. Literally, right now. Why go and ruin such a great series with this?

There’s promise here, ruined by the fact that the game doesn’t want me to play it.


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