After having spent some time on iOS and Android, the developers behind Get Water, Decode Global Studio, have finally made the game available on Windows Phone. If you're not familiar with the game, Get Water is the educational sidescrolling endless runner that aims to bring attention to the water scarcity in India and South Asia, and the effects it has on girls' education.
It tells the story of Maya, a girl who loves going to school and learning new things, but as the village's water pump is broken she keeps getting pulled out of school to get water for her family. The faster Maya can collect water, the faster she can get back to school to learn more.
Gameplay - Get Water is a sidescrolling endless runner with story elements. The player helps Maya collect water and other collectibles, as well as avoiding enemies, by drawing a line she can surf on. In addition to controlling Maya's movements the player can tap on the screen to make Maya throw a boomerang to fend off enemies who will try to break her water pot. By collecting water the player unlocks new chapters in Maya's story, shown as still image videos, and Maya learns new skills so she can collect water faster and protect it better.
Educational aspect - The story highlights the effect water scarcity has on girls' education in slums and rural areas of India. After each run the player gets additional information about water scarcity, how it is used nowadays, and how to conserve it in everyday life. In addition to the information found in the game, a six part lesson plan for 46 grade teachers is available on the game's website in PDF format to download for free.
Get Water is available now on the Windows Phone store for $1.99 but there's a free trial offered as well, so you can test out the game for you and your kids before you fully commit. We'll be taking a further look at in a few days here but for now, go ahead and give the free trial a go.