Platform: PC / Genre: Point And Click
Developer: Imminent Games / Publisher: Imminent Games
Storms are ravaging the country, buildings collapse, people tremble with fear beneath the dark skies. Can you handle the flow?
Drip Drip is a 2D point-and-click game, focusing on the troubling storms that plague the United States of America. These storms bring in severe weather conditions, and because of this, many buildings across the country are in dire need of your help, otherwise they will either be completely flooded, or will collapse. You are an elite drip collector, part of the Disaster Response Team. Your job is to use all your available equipment in order to ensure the safety of your fellow citizens’ structures. From Seattle, all the way to Honolulu, you’ve got your work cut out for yourself.
Your main goal in every level is to keep the respective building in one piece, until the storm stops. If the building gets so damaged that it’s ready to fall apart, or the basement gets completely flooded, then it’s game over.
At the beginning of every level you are given a set amount of money with which you will buy the necessary tools. The first and most important ones are the pan, the broom, and the hammer. Using the pan, you will collect the drops of water that fall through the roof, or floors, and empty them out the window, gaining additional funds in the process. The broom is used for clearing the debris of junk which block the way of the tools, or scare the witch doctors who seemingly appear out of nowhere, trying to hamper your progress by summoning more lighting strikes. Finally, the hammer is used for repairing broken pipes, holes in the walls or floors, but keep in mind that both processes (the clearing and the repairing) cost you money.
Along your journey, you will also get access to better equipment, but ultimately, with the exceptions of a few tools, most are just variants of your original 3, like the bucket, which is essentially a better pan.
The more you use the tools, the more they “advance” in level. For example, a level 2 pan will carry way more water, and move faster than a level 1 pan, or a level 2 hammer will repair the holes faster than its predecessor.
Furthermore, some levels only let you use specific tools. For example, one level might restrict your access to the trash can, while others don’t feature the wizard hat. This brings some level of diversity, forcing you to use the other tools as well, but ultimately, the levels can get a bit repetitive due to the nature of the game’s strict goal.
At the end of every level your actions are reviewed through stars, which you will get for completing specific objectives, like emptying all the containers before the level is done. This encourages multiple comebacks for getting that 100% perfect rating, and in doing so, the game gets a boost to its overall replay value, alongside achievements, which are also present.
On the easy difficulty you’ll feel like the wealthiest man in the world when it comes to purchasing tools, because the money will seemingly never stop coming, but it’s important to note that on the more difficult settings, players must know how to manage their tools effectively, since the funds will rapidly be gone. They must make use of every last available tool, and restrain themselves from buying more which ultimately are unnecessary.
The game is at its best when it throws at you big buildings with multiple stories, and in doing so, you must act quickly on emptying all the containers, keeping all your tools “alive” by dodging the lighting strikes, alien space ships which apparently are very interested in kidnapping your pans and brooms, or the ghosts, who want the same thing, repairing holes as fast as possible because the basement might get flooded in an instant if you’re not careful, and let’s not forget about those pesky witch doctors who must be chased away.
Even if the game tries to inflict a sense of danger through its premise, the general tone is a lighthearted one, with cute little tools jumping around in nicely, detailed buildings, doing their job, complimented by great rain effects in the background. There are no graphical settings to fiddle with, but don’t worry, because this game will work on pretty much any configuration.
If you enjoy games like Plants vs. Zombies, you will definitely like Drip Drip, not because it has the same premise (duh!), but because it features one of those easy to pick up point-and-click adventures, which you will start, saying – “I’ll just play this for a few minutes” – and suddenly a few hours have passed and you’ll still be hooked to it.
+ Easy to pick up and play
+ Fun gameplay
+ Great sound effects
– A little bit repetitive
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Vlad Pintea is a senior editor of news and features here at Analog Addiction, and sometimes he even reviews games (like now). You can contact him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, on Skype, My IGN, Steam (all at the same name: vlad94pintea) or Facebook (Vlad Pintea). Have a good day and remember! Stay calm and keep on gaming!