An instant* success (* just add water!), the game went on to introduce several free expansion packs, two variants of gameplay and spinoff apps including ‘Where’s My Water? FREE’ and ‘Where’s My Perry?,’ based on the popular Disney television series, ‘Phineas and Ferb.’ Before long, an entire line of plush and other collectibles were introduced and the loveable reptile is set to star in his own web series before long.
To celebrate the momentous occasion and many milestones of WMW?, Disney Interactive has released this infographic through its brand new tumblr blog. In addition to the game’s many accomplishments, the timeline continues beyond today, teasing both the web series as well as a new ‘black & white’ mode, said to be inspired by Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. In addition, a recent update to the paid version includes a special birthday bonus level (tap the cake on the main screen).
They’ve done it again! And by ‘they,’ I mean Disney Mobile’s Creature Feep, and by ‘done it again,’ I mean created something almost entirely new. Disney Mobile today launched ‘Where’s My Perry?‘ for Apple iOS and Android devices and the newest entry into the immensely popular ‘Where’s My Water?’ has already been garnering raves from fans of both Swampy the Gator and Disney Channel’s ‘Phineas and Ferb.’
While some of the mechanics are the same, keeping it true to the franchise, Disney has once again successfully introduced ample gameplay design changes to warrant being its own standalone game worth paying for. Whereas Swampy required water to take a bath and Cranky required poison to make his ‘food’ algae-free, the premise here is that Perry the Platypus /aka/ Agent P is needed by Major Monogram at the OWCA (Organization Without a Cool Acronym), but the tubes he usually uses to transport himself are jammed. The objective is to use water (and steam) to power the tubes to send Perry tube-surfing so he can save the world, or at least settle disputes between Major Monogram and Carl.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz has other things on his mind, however, and that’s to stop Perry the Platypus for the last time on each level. To do this, he has three -inators strategically placed throughout each level: the heat-inator, the freeze-inator and the celeberate-inator. The last is the easiest to explain since it just sucks up whatever it can and transforms it into a party (via confetti). The first two make up the core physics of the game, turning water into steam (and vice versa) and water into ice (and vice versa). So for example, if a heat-inator strikes ice, it turns it into water. If it strikes water again, it turns to steam, and the whole process can be reversed. In addition, there is a new liquid called sludge. Sludge has an amazingly high viscosity (much, much more than ooze) and it can be really tricky to work with. In addition, sludge, which is normally black and neutral, can be affected by -inators, making them have the same properties and effects when they touch water. Sludge can cover grates and while blue sludge and orange sludge affect water, as well as cause a explosion when they come in contact with each other, black sludge doesn’t interfere with regular water. Essentially the physics are pretty intense on this iteration of the genre and they often make the game far more fun and challenging to play.
Like ‘Where’s My Water?’ items are collected throughout the levels and they, in turn, unlock bonus levels. Here the items are OWCA files. Some are files on other members of the OWCA (or as some prefer to call it, ‘a petting zoo with hats’) and some are files on Dr. Doof’s -inators. All of the dossiers are taken from the ‘Phineas and Ferb’ series and offer up some good (and ‘brief’) reads. While Swampy’s bonus levels involved using the accelerometer to mimic the same gameplay, ‘Where’s My Perry?’ bonus levels involve guiding Balloony (from ‘The Chronicles of Meap’ and ‘Meapless in Seattle’) through a scrolling screen much like the balloon levels from ‘Where’s My Water?.’ After tri-gnoming the first four introductory levels, I started on the bonus levels and I have to say my first reaction was ‘what the heck?’ However, after playing a few more levels, my reaction completely changed to ‘no, really, what the heck?’ It just seemed so ridiculously easy and — for lack of a better word — dumb. My sentiments did change, however, as I progressed further through the bonus levels as it started to require using elements from the regular game to help Balloony reach the top without popping or being pushed off the edge of the screen. Add to this that the screen scrolls by itself, with or without Balloony, so it can be a challenge sometimes to coordinate everything just right.
Achievements also exist, but they’re pretty primitive right now and I managed to get most of them just from playing the game through the first time. I would expect that to change as more levels get introduced. Like the other games in the franchise, new levels are expected to be delivered in the future at no additional charge.
And, of course, there are other contributions from the television series. Voice talent recorded specifically for the game which interjects itself as you play (it can smartly be turned off if you — ahem — grow weary of Carl’s voice over and over), complete with sub-titles, which can sometimes get in the way of gameplay, but can also smartly be toggled on and off individually. Completing levels usually rewards the players with a little animated vignette which depicts Agent P’s arrival to the OWCA headquarters and, of course, lots of other tributes along the way.
All in all, as a well-documented fan of the franchise, I have to give ‘Where’s My Perry?’ two thumbs and a sore index finger up. Although it took only a couple of hours to get through it all, it was incredibly entertaining and I can’t wait for the next installment. ‘Where’s My Perry?’ is an instant classic five years in the making.
Disney’s ‘Where’s My Perry?’ is $.99 and available now for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices via the App Store and should be available for Android devices shortly.
Disney Studio All Access Finally Launching This Month? (Introducing Disney Everywhere’s Movie Cloud)
Now that Disney (NYSE:DIS) has finally gotten its ‘TV Everywhere’ initiative off the ground, as we first reported earlier this month — with even more networks such as ABC Family on the way, along with cable providers beyond Comcast — the focus now shifts to Disney’s extensive film collection.
An announcement made last week on Disney Movies Online has raised some eyebrows, causing some to ponder if DSAA/Keychest’s time has finally arrived. Certainly the changes coming to DMO on June 27 are worth the contemplation: accounts for those under 13 not permitted; accounts only for United States users; and a slew of films that won’t be available for viewing online for the foreseeable future.
More curiously, however, and perhaps more to the point, are the following domain names very recently registered by the company: DISNEYANYWHERE.COM, DISNEYEVERYWHERE.COM, DISNEYMOVIECLOUD.COM, DISNEYMOVIESANYWHERE.COM, DISNEYMOVIESEVERYWHERE.COM.
While it’s possible Disney Studio All Access may finally reveal itself to the world this summer (see our sneak peek for more details), what we’re more likely to see is an interim phase in which Disney Movies Online simply goes mobile on Apple iOS and Android devices.
As far as DSAA is concerned, Disney has officially been maintaining a ‘wait and see’ attitude, monitoring the successes and failures of UltraViolet, the only competing service. UltraViolet has managed to rack up more than 3 million accounts since its debut, most of which as a result of a push campaign by Walmart this year, but continues to confuse and disappoint its customer base.
You really have to hand it to Disney Interactive Studios’ mobile games unit. It would have been quite acceptable enough to have simply released ‘Where’s My Water?’ and left it at that and it would still stand today as a shining example as to how mobile apps should be made.
Yet they didn’t. In the three months that followed the game’s initial release on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (and subsequently Android devices), Disney released three expansion packs — sixty new levels, each offering a unique element of play, all at no additional cost. Not to mention ‘Where’s My Water? Free’ which doled out a few surprises of its own.
In the fourth month, however, Disney didn’t release a free expansion pack. Instead, it debuted a whole new form of game play which features Cranky, the nemesis to hero Swampy. An in-app purchase of $.99 unlocks all 40 levels of ‘Cranky’s Story’ (the first five levels are included free in the app’s update) and the real fun and hysteria begins.
In the included chapters, ‘Cranky’s First Course’ and ‘Hunger Pains,’ players learn quick that for all the similarities shared between Swampy and Cranky, there are just as many differences, if not more. For starters, Cranky does not like his water clean, nor does he enjoy the occasional bath. Instead, Cranky wants to eat. And eat. And eat. The only problem is that his meals are covered in algae so it’s up to the player to deliver the poisoned water down the pipe to uncover the finest delicacies the sewer has to offer. Like Swampy, Cranky likes ducks — Cranky ducks. Instead of filling ducks up with water (which are poison to Cranky ducks), the Cranky ducks are filled with poison.
Cranky is more interested in eating collectibles than he is in keeping them, so collectibles don’t exist on his side of the pipes. Instead, bonus levels are unlocked by completing challenges. For the most part, the challenges incorporate the classic Swampy levels, but turn them on their side to introduce all new ways of experiencing individual levels.
Beyond that, the game play is more or less on par with the original. Water, poison, ooze and steam all come into play as do their chemical reactions. And therein lies the added bonus: because players are already familiar with the liquids and objects, the levels waste no time in immersing the player with new puzzles which happen to include nods to their classic counterparts in some cases. I actually found many of the levels to be far more challenging this time around and thus more gratifying when solving. Cranky’s challenges were also a welcome twist. In short, the additional $.99 is the only no-brainer here. The total cost of $1.98 for what ‘Where’s My Water?’ offers is an absolute bargain, especially if Disney continues to treat its customers like gold.
As usual, we have produced video walk-throughs of the new chapters for ‘Cranky’s Story’ which are embedded below.
The first ten levels of ‘Cranky’s First Course’ – C1-1 First Dig?, C1-2 Meet Me in the Middle, C1-3 Purple Rain, C1-4 Lawn Sprinkler, C1-5 Around the World, C1-6 Alignment Issues, C1-7 Touch and Hold, C1-8 Split Ends, C1-9 Roller Coaster and C1-10 Slideshow
The next ten levels of ‘Cranky’s First Course’ – C1-11 Boomstick, C1-12 Connect the Dots, C1-13 Chemistry Set, C1-14 Bridge Breaker, C1-15 The Long Drop, C1-16 Duck Invaders, C1-17 Must Come Down, C1-18 Spillover, C1-19 Time Bomb, C1-20 Pollution Solution
The first ten levels of ‘Cranky’s Hunger Pains’ – C2-1 Down the Stairs, C2-2 Dumbwaiter, C2-3 Recycle, C2-4 Convert ‘em!, C2-5 Rendezvous, C2-6 Push Up, C2-7 Bridging the Gap, C2-8 Spin the Dials, C2-9 Mid-air Collision, C2-10 Recontamination
The next ten levels of ‘Cranky’s Hunger Pains’ – C2-11 Volcano, C2-12 Skipping Stones, C2-13 Barricade, C2-14 Vicious Cycle, C2-15 Pipe Cleaner, C2-16 Worthless Water, C2-17 Bridge Over Troubled Waters, C2-18 Layer Cake, C2-19 Aqua Tool and C2-20 Make It, Break It
(Cranky’s Challenge walk-through coming soon)
You can download the latest version of ‘Where’s My Water?’ for Apple iOS devices here.
As we announced yesterday, Disney Interactive did not disappoint when it introduced its third expansion to the amazingly popular ‘Where’s My Water?‘ app for Apple iOS and Android devices. In addition to the new chapter, ‘Stretched Thin,’ which introduces water balloons and new physics, Disney also released ‘Where’s My Water? Free‘ which features ten exclusive levels in addition to another ten levels being released over the course of ten days, beginning with yesterday. The campaign titled ’10 Days of Swampy’ leads into the New Year and will reward players who managed to Tri-Duck it with five of Swampy’s favorite levels from the premium version of the game.
As for all but the earliest of levels, we have produced a full video walk-thru of Chapter 7, ‘Stretched Thin’ to assist anyone who may be experiencing difficulty in achieving a full Tri-Duck, All Collectibles solution. This time around, we have broken it up into two parts:
Part 1 includes solutions for 7-1 Drop and Pop!, 7-2 Burst Your Bubble, 7-3 Geyser, 7-4 Balloon Bridge, 7-5 Jagged Edge, 7-6, Down the Hatch, 7-7 Trust Fall, 7-8 Waterbed, 7-9 Up and Over, 7-10 Mirror Image and 7-11 Juicer:
Part 2 includes solutions for 7-12 Hot Air Balloon, 7-13 Bankshot, 7-14 Pipe Organ, 7-15 Balloon Journey, 7-16 Be Careful Burning Bridges, 7-17 Might as Well Jump, 7-18 Booby Trap Staircase, 7-19 Easily Swayed, 7-20 Ballon Gauntlet and bonus levels B13 and B14:
As a special treat, we just couldn’t wait to find and open our presents early, so we figured out how to unlock all Ten Days of Swampy. NOTE: Do not watch or read any further if you wish to keep yourself free of any spoilers:
The levels are: 2-1 Sloop It!, 2-2 Kitchen Timer, 2-3 Particle Accelerator, 2-4 Leaky Elevator, 2-5 Double Door, 2-6 Controlled Blast, 2-7 Out of Order, 2-8 Cyclical, 2-9 Higher and Higher, 2-10 Around the Bend. Tri-ducking them will unlock the following ‘Swampy’s Picks’ levels from the full version: 3-1 Mind the Gap, 3-2 What Goes Up…, 3-3 Bottleneck, 3-4 Steam Cleaning, 3-5 Jagged Edge
P.S. Want to know how we managed to unlock all ten levels so soon? Check back in eight days.
Disney Mobile announced today that ‘Where’s My Water? Free’ is now available on the App Store for Apple iOS devices, Android Market and Amazon Appstore for Android. ‘Where’s My Water? Free’ features 25 exclusive levels, in addition to another two hidden levels.
Disney Mobile is also kicking off a special promotion, ‘The 10 Days of Swampy,’ in which for 10 days, beginning today, players can unlock a new level of the ‘Where’s My Water? Free’ app each day. Players who ‘Tri-Duck’ all of the new levels are immediately rewarded with ‘Swampy’s Picks,’ five of the best levels from the paid version of the game. In addition, players will be surprised with free wallpapers on January 1st, regardless of having completed the new levels.
Where’s My Water? Free stars Swampy the Alligator, Disney’s first original character for mobile in more than 25 puzzles where players guide water through subterranean layers of earth, rock, and broken pipes, and into Swampy’s bathtub. ‘Where’s My Water? Free’ is sponsored by Zappos.com, whose brand has been integrated into the game through a series of in-game collectibles that unlock an additional bonus level.
The premium version, available for both iOS and Android, was also updated today with 20 new levels. In ‘Stretched Thin,’ the newest chapter in the story of Swampy the Alligator, water balloons have made their way to Swampy’s neighborhood, and players must clear a path and use their expert timing skills to tap and pop the balloons to release water at the right moment. ‘Stretched Thin’ features 20 new levels of challenging gameplay, in addition to new collectibles.
Since launching on the App Store on September 22, ‘Where’s My Water?‘ has become a favorite amongst critics and gamers alike, reaching the No. 1 spot on the App Store in 30 different countries and maintaining a 5-star App Store rating.
Swampy the Gator’s perpetual quest for a bath in Disney Interactive’s ‘Where’s My Water?’ app for Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and Android devices caused some temperatures to rise yesterday as 20 new levels were introduced. The second update of its kind since the game’s release just a couple of months ago, ‘Boiling Point’ introduces the element of steam to the game along with new physics to tease players through the additional levels.
In the update, steam rises and has the ability to pass through algae and turn back to water when hitting icy patches located throughout the complicated sewer system. In addition to the elements introduced in Chapter Six, the new levels also continue to take advantage of elements introduced in the second update, Chapter Five: Change is Good, in which elements such as the poison, ooze, water (and now steam) can be converted into other elements when needed to solve the various puzzles.
Also returning in the game’s update is the developers’ uncanny sense of humor. Level 6-17, titled ‘Jumping Gigawatts!’ pays homage to the 1985 classic, Back to the Future, with its initial layout taking inspiration from the DeLorean’s flux capacitor. Also returning are some very interesting alligator-interpretations of every day human ‘collectibles,’ such as the ‘all terrain marker.’
As usual, we have produced an exclusive video walk-thru of all 20 levels in ‘Boiling Point’ as well as both additional bonus levels. The video guide will assist you in getting all 3 ducks (tri-duck) in each level as well as each of the collectibles required to play the bonus levels.
You can find all of our video walk-thrus for the previous chapters in the game on our YouTube channel.
‘Where’s My Water?’ stars Swampy the Alligator, Disney’s first original character for mobile devices. Since launching on the App Store on September 22, the app has been No. 1 in 30 different countries. Most recently, Disney announced that Swampy will make his debut online in a 12 episode web series titled Where’s My Water?, the Adventures of Swampy. The 3-4 minute weekly episodes are slated to launch on Disney Online in early 2012.
New levels include 6-1 Hot and Cold, 6-2 Steam Cleaning, 6-3 Stop Up Top, 6-4 Rise and Fall, 6-5 A Cleaner Approach, 6-6 Catch and Release, 6-7 Branches and Loops, 6-8 Through the Bridge, 6-9 Forks and Funnels, 6-10 Below the BBQ, 6-11 A Race to the Finish, 6-12 Revolving Door, 6-13 Race the Ooze, 6-14 Steam Powered, 6-15 Ventilation Shaft, 6-16 Steam Quarantine, 6-17 Jumping Gigawatts!, 6-18 Up is Down, 6-19 Through and Through and 6-20 Steam Journey.
Disney Memories App Offers Virtual Character Interaction at Disney Store Times Square, Other Locations
Admittedly we were a bit hasty with our take on the Disney Parks Memories App when it was first released a few days ago for the Apple iPhone and iPad 2 devices. Although it was soon pulled as we also reported, it was re-launched last night with some minor revisions, along with an Android version. After it was re-released and we were invited to experience some of the enhancements it offers when you visit specific locations, we decided to take a second look.
In short, the free Disney Memories app allows you to super-impose one of several Disney-branded stamps (such as park icons, or Disney Parks ears) over your device’s camera’s preview window so you can user your finger to position the stamp as well as the camera itself so that it appears the stamp interacts with your photo’s subject. For example, it will allow you to virtually place Mickey ears on a loved one’s head, helping to bring the Disney Parks experience home. You can also choose from a selection of Disney Parks Memories borders for the photo.
Once you take the photo, you can then share it with friends and families through several options including email, SMS/MMS, Twitter and Facebook. No matter how you share it, the recipient(s) will get a link to a private Disney Memories site that will show off your Disney Memories creation. Note that there is no option to directly save your photo to the device for quality assurance reasons, as it contains copyrighted content.
The magic doesn’t end there, however. At the Disney Store in Times Square, the unlock feature uses your device’s GPS functionality to recognize where you are and unlocks special virtual character meet and greet experiences. Instead of just the stamps, you’ll have the ability to superimpose a character to pose with the person whose photo you’re taking. At launch, characters include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Tiana, Rapunzel, Captain Hook and Stitch with perhaps more on the way. Best of all, you don’t have to go to New York City for the unlocked feature, you can visit one of several select movie theaters nationwide — just look for a special standee at the theater or try out the app there. Exclusive to Times Square, however, is a special Disney Store Times Square photo frame.
Here is a demo of the new Disney Memories app and how the virtual character interaction works:
There are a couple of caveats: At press time, the Apple iOS version for iPhone and iPad 2, although functional in every other aspect, does not work for the virtual character photo. Although it does work on the Android version, I had trouble with the app on my T-Mobile G2 recognizing I was at the store (despite confirming the GPS and even uninstalling and re-installing the app), though it seemed to work flawlessly on a Verizon phone.
To celebrate the launch, Disney Parks and Resorts is hosting a special outdoor virtual experience only at the Disney Store Times Square, today and tomorrow. Guests can visit the store and stand at a special location (across the street, in the pedestrian area) and virtually interact with one of many Disney characters in an augmented reality experience. Guests who visit the experience will also receive a free pair of Disney Store Mickey ears (while supplies last).
As an added incentive to check out the launch event, Disney Store Times Square is suffering from Muppets Mayhem this weekend where merchandise is 20% off store-wide.
Although the virtual outdoor experience is only for Friday and Saturday, the indoor experience with your Android (and soon Apple) phone will continue to be available. So next time you plan on visiting Disney Store Times Square (or one of the select movie theaters) be sure to first download the free Disney Memories app for your Android or Apple phone to add a dose of even more magic to your experience.