Players have to guide a constant stream of water droplets from the top of a wall to the bottom, guiding the droplets through a series of grooves and into a bucket waiting below. You have to move bricks on the screen left and right to collect the droplets in the “seepages” – the gaps in the bricks. The control of this brick-shifting is fundamental to the game mechanic and can be hard to get a handle on to begin with.
Even in the early stages, it takes a lot of frantic finger swiping to line up all the grooves in each respective row of bricks that you’ll end up losing a majority of droplets while concentrating on getting just one or two actually into the bucket. Adding to the challenge, the bucket itself moves from side to side of its own accord so you can guide the droplets to the bottom of the screen perfectly and then miss the bucket altogether because the timing was off. The key is not concentrating on the top of the screen at all and then just sliding the bottom couple of rows at the right second to collect incoming drops and land them in the bucket.
Each droplet that you successfully catch will score you points, which allows you to unlock each of the 9 different backgrounds that come loaded with Don’t Drop 2.
A number of items create an additional challenge and appear on the screen to suck away your droplets or to turn them into bubbles. There are also a number of boosters that you can collect mid-game to increase your high score, as well as special items like a magnet that allows you to draw all the drops of water on screen towards it and a plant that you can grow with the droplets for extra points.
Don’t Drop 2 features two game modes – Careers and Timer. In Career mode you work your way through each of the nine levels by achieving a requisite score in the preceding level. In Timer mode you get 1 min 15 secs to get the highest score that you can. Both modes are OpenFeint enabled and you can post your high scores and check out leaderboards and compare your scores to other players from around the world.
For just $0.99, Don’t Drop 2 may not be the slickest puzzle game you’ve ever played but it’s certainly unique and provides a good deal of challenge.
Don’t Drop 2 [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.