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).
With E3 just around the corner, if we could ask Disney Mobile just one question, it would be ‘whatcha doooooo-in?’ But if we could ask Disney Mobile two questions, the first would be ‘whatcha dooooo-in?’ and the second would be ‘Hey, Where’s My Perry?’
We’re pretty sure both questions (and a whole lot more) will be answered next week, whether we ask them or not, so we’ll just use our handy cutoutthemiddleman-inator and offer up some possible evidence that a ‘Where’s My Water?’ and ‘Phineas and Ferb’ cross-over is about to surface.
It all began innocently enough with a tweet, as it usually does.
To us, that would suggest that everyone’s favorite alligator Swampy has a trick or ’2′ up his sleeve (notice I put ’2′ in quotes to suggest it could possible allude to something — and now we’ve done it ‘
On or about May 26, 2012 (but mostly on), Disney registered WHERESMYPERRY.COM, a clever play on both the ever Phineas catch-phrase (‘Hey, where’s Perry?’) and Swampy’s ‘Where’s My Water?’ but could it simply be coincidence? No. But in case you’re thinking it might be, just like #wheresmywater serves as the official Twitter hashtag for the popular mobile game, one might easily assume that #wheresmyperry would serve as the official hashtag for ‘Where’s My Perry?’ A recent search on the hashtag on Twitter has turned up many hits, all from a user named Andrew Jandas (@jandas1230), an account that appears to exist solely for letting SwampTheGator know his progress (or often lack thereof) in the game using its built-in tweet button.
Recently the account has been posting messages such as the following:
Although the content of the tweet is presumably still under development, the findings are hard to dispute. Linked in the tweet is a picture of a screen from ‘Where’s My Perry?’ featuring level pack, ‘Mission 1: An Agent I Can Trust’ in which the player has ‘tri-gnomed’ the level as opposed to tri-ducking in the original game. In addition, the tweet originates from a Twitter app called ‘WheresMyWater’ just as many of the actual game tweets do and reviewing the user’s twitpic timeline reveal several screens that look more like testing/debugging ones than final product, such as this one.
Only the details (and the game itself) remain to be seen. The tri-gnoming is likely to be an allusion to the second episode of ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ ‘Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror,’ in which Agent P/Perry the Platypus is tasked with recovering lawn gnomes stolen by Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, but whether that theme continues on or each level pack ties into a different episode remains to be seen.
In any case, when E3 rolls around next week, we look forward to the moment when we can finally say ‘”Where’s My Perry?,’” what an unexpected surprise! And by unexpected, we mean totally expected.’
Disney Mobile and Disney Consumer Products (DCP) today announced the first line of merchandise based on Disney’s hit mobile game, ‘Where’s My Water?’ The new line extends the story of Swampy the Alligator, Disney’s first original character for mobile, and includes an impressive line-up of licensees and retailers, including Hasbro, Inc., JAKKS Pacific/CDI, and Toys ‘R’ Us. The ‘Where’s My Water?’ merchandise line also features Cranky, Swampy’s reluctant friend and the alpha-male of the group, and Allie, the female alligator who humors Swampy’s attempts to bring human culture to alligators.
Designed to resonate with fans of the popular game, the first wave of ‘Where’s My Water?’ product will be available at mass retailers nationwide in June, with select items available now at Disney Store locations and DisneyStore.com. The line features: plush and novelty toys, consumer electronics accessories, and apparel and accessories. The second wave of product coming this fall will expand to include a face-to-face game, consumer electronics, stationery, home accessories, and Halloween costumes.
‘”Where’s My Water?” has quickly become one of the most popular titles in mobile gaming history, making Swampy one of the most beloved characters ever born from a mobile franchise,’ said Bart Decrem, senior vice president and general manager, Disney Mobile. ‘Launching a line of Disney merchandise just seven months after hitting the App Store is a testament to the cultural relevance Swampy and his friends have already achieved.’
‘The “Where’s My Water?” product launch continues Disney’s tradition of developing innovative and story-driven products that enhance consumers’ love for Disney characters and storytelling,’ said JD Edwards, vice president of Media Networks and Games Licensing for Disney Consumer Products. ‘The new line expands the “Where’s My Water?” experience by giving fans a way to deepen their relationship with Swampy and his friends outside the virtual realm of the game.’
Disney is also developing an animated web-series starring Swampy the Gator and friends and it has been rumored that Disney Parks and Resorts has been considering introducing Swampy as a meet & greet character inside the parks.
After what appears to be alligator years of anticipation and teases, Disney Interactive Studios will finally release its latest pack of puzzles for the paid version of ‘Where’s My Water?,’ ‘Caution to the Wind’ tomorrow. The upgrade, which remains free to those who have already purchased the $.99 app, adds fans to the mix which allows players to combine logic and the power of wind to control the streams of liquids throughout the sewers all in the name of getting mascot Swampy clean.
This example screenshot, provided to us by Disney, shows the fans in action. Using water to control the power cubes, the pre-placed fans can be turned on and off in order to accomplish the required level task. Here, the fans are turned on to combine poison with clean water to produce more poison water in an effort to clear out the blue trigger.
As usual, we expect to produce a video ‘Caution to the Wind’ walk-through of all 20 levels and accompanying bonus levels, so please continue to watch this space.
To download the updated app for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices, click here.
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.