In the western world, drinking water is hardly a subject matter worth talking about. Open a tap and you have fresh sparkling water flowing down, but that’s not always the case in other parts of the world. For instance, in many parts of India and South Asia, water scarcity is so rampant that children are made to bring water from far off places instead of being sent to schools. Decode Global Studio have highlighted this concept in their endless runner Get Water!
In the game you play a girl called Maya who loves to go to school and learn new things but is constantly pulled out of class because she needs to get water for her family. The idea is that if she can fill up the water quickly, she can get back to her class and continue her education.
Collecting water would be a piece of cake, but there are several obstacles and enemies that she must handle before she gets the job done. You can tap on the screen to get Maya throw a boomerang at her enemies who want to break her water pot and draw lines for her to surf on. As the game progresses, you unlock more chapters in Maya’s story and make use of new skills to help her collect water faster and protect herself better.
The educational aspect of the game comes into play after each level where players are provided with additional information about water scarcity and how water can be conserved in everyday life. Apart from that, there is a special six part lesson plan for teachers, which can be downloaded for free here.
Get Water is available on the Windows Phone Store for $1.99 but if you like, you can pick up the free trial to try the game before you buy it.