Hands-on with the P&F merchandise, part 60
A lot of the P&F items I've bought are packed up right now as I make room for another project I'm about to start working on, but one of the items I made sure to keep out is the game Where's My Water? This is the board game version of the Where's My Water? video game, and is made by Hasbro Gaming. I will abbreviate that as WMW from here on.
While the video game is a puzzle game, the board game is closer to "Plinko", a game on The Price is Right where you let a chip slide down the board and it bounces around as it hits the pegs. WMW uses marbles and adds different pieces in place of some of the pegs that will release other marbles or make them go off in a different direction. Those pieces are things like pipes, shrubs, ducks and skulls. You will have to move some of the pegs around to fit the pieces in.
Gameplay is pretty simple, in keeping with the age group of 5 and up: flip over a card and put the special pieces on the board in the position shown. Some of the cards will just show you which pieces to use and let you decide exactly where to put them. Then two players take turns moving Swampy to their side of the tub and dropping marbles in one of the four funnels at the top. Sometimes the marbles will get stuck on the board until the next one knocks it loose.
After both of you have dropped five marbles each, see who has the most points. The blue "water" marbles you drop are 1 point, yellow "duck" marbles are 1 point, and a purple "toxic" marble subtracts 1 point. The most points wins the card. A tie means you play that one over. The winner is the one who gets three cards, but you could just as easily play for a higher number of cards. There's also Solo Play for one player.
At this point, you may be wondering what this game has to do with Phineas and Ferb. Well, just as Disney Mobile came out with a Where's My Perry? (WMP) version of the electronic game, this board game includes some other Perry-related items. The first is a little cardboard figure of Agent P. You don't use it in the game. It's just a freebie. The second is some tips for the original WMW, WMP and Jelly Car 3 games. I actually bought the board game because of those tips and codes.
Now usually when I review something, I let you know only what my impressions are. In this case, I also want to address some points in the reviews that are on the Amazon website.
One of the complaints is that it takes about 10-20 minutes for an adult to put it together for the first time. That might be a few minutes more than other games need for their initial setup, but I don't think it's unreasonable. Some of it is from putting the stickers on the pieces and I've found that takes a little extra time to make sure they're lined up before you press them down.
Another is that sometimes the pieces come loose and fall off the board when a marble bounces off them. What people seem to be missing is that in order for the special pieces to turn and pivot, they can't fit snugly into the holes. If they did, they wouldn't turn and pivot, so occasionally they may fall out. You just put them back in. The instructions even tell you to use an emery board or sandpaper to smooth out the edges on the game pieces if you need to, though they did forget to tell you about the posts that snap into three of the game pieces.
The third complaint is that some people say you have to take everything apart in order to get it back into the box. I'm not sure why they think this because there's only three things you have to remove: slip off the plastic bathtub at the bottom of the game board, remove the shower pipe from the tub, and remove the cardboard stand from the back of the game board. Everything then fits and it's only going to take about 2 or 3 minutes to set it back up the next time.
I bought this at Toys R Us a while back, but it's not currently available in their stores on their website, so you will have to go to Amazon to get it for $20.
And that wraps up another merchandise review. I had to pack up a lot of what I've bought, so I'm not sure if I will have anything to review next time. So if you've got something, why not tell us about it? We'd love to see what you got and what you think about it. Contact me if you'd like to write a review for the Gazette.