There ain't no riots in the sky. Just a riot of color. That will last forever
Whale Trail reminds us of something we would have seen during the 1970s, the wonderful byproduct of a relatively harmless trip. Designed by the talented folks at ustwo Studios, it serves as an instant pick-me-up, the type of game folks play to put an immediate smile on their faces. It's pure happiness for a buck, and frankly, we can't argue with that.
If you played the equally brilliant Tiny Wings (another steal for a dollar), then Whale Trail will feel instantly familiar. The game tasks you with keeping Willow the Whale soaring high above the clouds while collecting multi-colored dots called Blubbles that serve as fuel. If Willow runs out of this substance, he plummets, winding up in the capture of the evil, the diabolical, the nefarious Baron Von Barry.
The primary goal has nothing to do with rescuing a princess of toppling a terrorist regime, but rather, to simply travel as long as you possibly can.
Doing this, of course, is a bit tricky, no thanks to the bothersome Thunder Bros, angry clouds that zap Willow and drain the aforementioned fuel from his body.
You can fight back by collecting seven strategically placed stars. Do that, and Willow briefly enters Frenzy mode, which allows you to blast through those annoying clouds and score points along the way.
Speaking of points, this game is all about preserving one's multiplier. The longer you go without taking damage, the higher it'll be, giving you the opportunity to earn more in-game achievements and a high score along the way, which automatically posts to Game Center, so long as you have it enabled.
Playing Whale Trail, meanwhile, couldn't be simpler. You tap and hold the screen to make Willow ascend, hold a bit longer to make the whale perform a loop and release to make him descend.
All the while, the designers throw seven magical looking kingdoms onto the screen, each one bursting with color and imaginative designs, complimented by one of the catchiest tunes we've heard in a video game, sung by Gruff Rhys. For more of that, click here.
All of this makes Whale Trail one of the finest games we've had the privilege of experiencing. It joins Tiny Wings, Angry Birds and Cut the Rope as a handful of quality titles you must absolutely have on either your iPhone or iPad.
That said, be sure to say hello to Willow. You two will get along just fine.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.
What's Hot: Sweet theme music, addictive play, user-friendly controls, trippy graphics, universal/Game Center support, only a buck.
What's Not: Unexpectedly killing the phone's battery playing this game for hours on end.