Since its re-release as a free-to-play title, Sprinkle has shot up the App Store charts and fast become an essential download for any physics puzzle fan. It's been more than a year since we first put the game through its fire-fighting paces for our review, and in 2013 we've become addicted all over again. Here are our top hints and tips for putting out even the more ferocious of fires.
- There are two controls you need to be concerned with in Sprinkle. To change the height of your firefighting device, simply hold down on its tip, then move your finger up and down. However, you'll also have to change the angle of the water flow. You can do this by placing your finger anywhere to the right of the fire engine, then moving it around to readjust the nozzle's direction.
- Don't rush to pump out as much water as possible early on. In some of the harder levels in particulae you'll have to make every last drop of water count. Get your fire hose into position first, then turn on the juice. That way you'll use only the right amount of water for each individual blaze.
- It's much easier to tell when a fire is fully out by using your ears, rather than your eyes. Get a pair of headphones on, and listen very carefully for when the hiss of the fire you're aiming at has vanished completely. Once that happens, you know you can start conserving your water for the next inferno on the level.
- Don't forget that certain objects can be moved using the power of your water jet, and this is often essential for finishing off a level entirely. Be very careful about wasting your precious water here. Again, get the height and angle of the nozzle at least roughly in place before turning the water pumps on.
- When forcing obstacles out of the way, you'll find it much easier to get them up off the ground and moving if you align the nozzle perfectly with the pathway leading towards that object. If you have to feed the water through a carved bit of landscape, make sure the water launches smoothly along the shape of that carved earth. This way you'll get much more lift and power from the torrent of water when it meets the obstacle.