Developer: Julie Gill
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.2
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Casual physics games are among the most popular mobile titles of all time; with each of them using flicking, swiping, and physics as their main mechanics. They are also enjoyed by everyone of all ages. Emulating this recipe for success has yet to prove successful, as there hasn’t really been a smash hit physics game in quite a while.

screen568x568 (2)Water Drops has all the makings of another highly successful iOS physics puzzler. It has a light-hearted presentation, it’s easy for anyone to pick up but is still challenging, has an intriguing concept, and overall is an enjoyable title. But while it may have hit many of the earmarks that made other titles monster hits it’s also lacking in a couple of areas, which appears to be its roadblock to success.

The idea behind Water Drops is that players must draw a path that guides droplets of water to thirsty house plants. There are a number of complications in this task, including terrain, gravity, physics, and the limit of how long the paths can be. Path drawing is done by dragging a finger across the screen, however, one must be careful with those pathways and their artistry at drawing them. Once they’re drawn, there’s no fixing them.

Water Drops, judged solely by its gameplay, is a tremendous app giving players a ridiculous amount of joy while taxing their brains. But where it falters is in how it presents itself. There’s a cliche saying that goes “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.” In the case of Water Drops, it’s graphically lacking in almost every way with a rather drab presentation. While that doesn’t entirely make or break a title, it does have the ability to scare new players off while also suffering to keep current players interested for long periods of time. It’s boring in terms of its graphics; lacking the good-looking graphics seen in most modern games.

screen568x568 (4)While Water Drops is also “free,” only the first 10 levels are playable without buying anything. To unlock more levels it will cost players $1.99, which isn’t a bad price. However, it would be better to just charge the customer upfront. There’s also a $0.99 option to just beat a level automatically, should anyone hate playing games.

It’s hard to bag on a title such as this when it truly is a good game. It’s just difficult to get over how it looks. One gets the idea that not a ton of effort, heart, or soul went into this title – though once someone gets a chance to play it they’ll realize the error of their ways. Water Drop is an absolutely great physics title that’s nerve racking, but easy enough for anyone to learn and play. Just as long as they’re ok with outdated looking graphics.

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