I’ve actually had this game for quite some time, and I even considered reviewing it “on my own” at one point. I finally got brave and let my son use my iPad (well, a screen protector contributed to that decision as well), and I’m glad I did. While I found the game amusing, it was a delight to watch my son discover the quirkiness of each new level and figure out how to beat it. The only down side to Sprinkle Junior is that there are only 30 levels, but that’s okay because my son has played through it twice already and is wanting to go back for more.
If you’ve not played the original than shame on you, but the basic premise is that fire is plaguing the inhabitants of Titan, and you have to man the water cannon that will save their straw huts and their lives. Whereas the “grown-up” version is all about putting out the fires and earning stars, however, the junior edition is about exploration. There are still fires to put out, but pretty much every level has a secondary objective to complete, or at least something you have to deal with in order to get to some of the fire. For example, you might need to uproot some vegetables to get to pockets of flame or feed cooled off objects to a hungry critter.
The game mechanics are simple enough. You drag the water cannon to move it up and down. Objects that can be moved manually will typically have a circle with two red arrows on them, and you drag that circle to move the object around. There are actually even a couple of instances where you need to manipulate objects and the water cannon at the same time, and it’s fun watching kids struggle with the concept until the light clicks and they realize that they can actually use both hands at once. There are no stars to get or achievements to earn, which as an adult is a bit disappointing, but my son was perfectly content with playing around and putting out the fires. In fact, he actually got excited when each fire was completely out and he had won the level.
I love the graphics, and they kind of feel like a “what if Disney did Monty Python” style. Everything is bright and colorful, the inhabitants of Titan are cute, and the fire and water effects are pretty cool. The sound effects add immensely to the charm. Whether it’s the excited chirp of a denizen waiting for you to put out a fire or the satisfied chomping and possibly belching of something you’ve fed, all the noises enhance the game play in my opinion. The music is decent, and while there is only one track the levels move quickly enough that you’ll never get bored.
There have been times where I have been thoroughly entertained with what is considered a “kid’s” game, but this is not one of those times. Sprinkle Junior is amusing, but when you’ve played the more challenging version this one just doesn’t have anything to offer. However, if you have kids I highly recommend Sprinkle Junior. They will get a kick out of it, and even with only 30 levels they will probably play through it more than once. Furthermore, I suggest you sit with them while they play it. It will certainly be worth your while.
Overall Score: 9/10
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This game was reviewed on an iPad 2 running iOS 5.1.1.