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App reviews: Where's My Water 2, MightyText

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  • The Where's my Water 2 app brings Swampy the alligator back for more water physics fun.

      The Where's my Water 2 app brings Swampy the alligator back for more water physics fun.

  • The MightyText app lets you send and receive text messages on your own phone number from the Web.

      The MightyText app lets you send and receive text messages on your own phone number from the Web.

 
By Hayley Tsukayama, The Washington Post

Where's my Water 2

Swampy the alligator is back for more water physics fun. The second version of this popular game is similar to the first: Players are tasked with getting clean water from one end of the screen to an expectant reptile at the other. As levels advance, the obstacles grow trickier, such as liquids that turn your cleansing water to poison. The big change: This time anyone can download it for free.

Like many free games, this one isn't shy about asking users whether they want to buy little boosts that can help them. Parents should take note: Real money may be at stake in this game. Don't ignore Disney's pop-up notification about the in-app purchases. All in all, however, it's a fun and challenging puzzle game, with fun hidden levels. Free, for iOS devices, Windows Phone and Windows.

MightyText

Trying to unplug from your phone? Consider MightyText. This app lets you send and receive text messages on your own phone number from the Web. Similar to the Messages program on iOS devices and Macs, this app syncs texts across devices so that you can keep in touch -- and keep away from everything else on your phone. Users must create an account to use this app, which also lets you send photos and videos and see multiple message streams at once.

The Web app works through your Internet browser, and alert methods vary on different software platforms. But generally, it's pretty easy to see when you get a message, even if you're doing other things. As an added bonus, the app will let you see the battery level of your phone. Free, for Android devices, Macs and PCs.

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