The tremendously popular Where's My Water? series is back with another installment, but this time Swampy has been swapped for a sheep and you'll be dealing with as much fire as water.
A song of oil and water
In this incarnation of Where's My Water? (WMW?) you control the popular (in China) children's characters XiYangYang (XYY) or the Big Bad Wolf and help them escape from difficult situations or gobble some sheep. XYY is a sheep on a mission to save his friends from being devoured, but he is trapped in a sweltering room and his only way out is blocked by a wall of flame. Your job is to to help him douse the flames by feeding water to his hose.
Levels are filled with sand, vines that grow when watered, flame throwers, and other powerups and collectibles. WMW has plenty of enjoyable stages and retains that addictive flavor that has made the series so popular.
There's also a second playable character in WMW called the Big Bad Wolf. He's captured all of XYY's friends and is looking to cook them up. Instead of water, Wolfie needs oil to power his drill. The gameplay is similar to XYY's levels, but with some key differences. Oil is a much more volatile substance than water and incredibly unforgiving. Gravity also gets reversed in Wolfie's levels meaning that oil will fly from the ground to the ceiling which adds a more challenging dimension to XYY.
Controlling the flow
If you've played the other Where's My Water? (WMW?) games, you'll be in familiar territory. To remove terrain, tap or drag your finger across the screen. Like other installments in the WMW series, it's important to have a game plan. Dividing your water reserve, carefully carving out small streams, and figuring out the order of operations will help you finish lots of levels.
Cute, cartoony fun
Like many Disney games, the graphics are excellent. You'll quickly find yourself endeared to XYY and Wolfie as they patiently wait for you to get them out of the ground. Stages in WMW look similar but not repetitive so you aren't not likely to find yourself getting bored with the scenery. The music and sounds effects also jibe with the cartoonish nature of the game.
The formula still works
Although the gameplay isn't groundbreaking, Where's My Water? featuring XYY still delivers a challenging and addictive game that kids and adults will both enjoy.