Whale Trail Review
- Addictive simplicity; level generation adds a unique touch to each run.
- Finessed one-touch controls; swoop, fly and flip your way with ease.
- Amazingly over-the-top and cheery presentation; like a blast to the past of 80s educational shows.
- Lots of interesting achievements not emphasized within the game itself; hamstrings the immediate replayability.
'Been there, done that' isn't quite fair to say of a game like Whale Trail. Although it may seem like yet another endless title, its stellar level of presentation; clever level layout variation; and simple control scheme make it worth checking out, even if it doesn't last forever.
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While I'd love to think I'm not the bitter old-soul that my friends sometimes consider me to be, I can't help but feel a bit sympathetic as I load up a game like Whale Trail by ustwo and grin like the Cheshire Cat for what seems like hours and think 'Oh... this is what smiling feels like?'. OK, OK, I'm not THAT grumpy, but the point remains that there's something positive to be said for a game that had me babbling like an incoherently excited 3 year old within minutes of having loaded it.
This may have something to do with the presentation of Whale Trail; redolent with colors and simple shapes, the game invokes classic childhood educational shows like Sesame Street, Play School and others aired in the 80s. It's possible a lot of the fun of Whale Trail is predicated on having such a primal connection to an age of innocence, but honestly, how can you not love the cute characters; the bright and clear colorful designs; and of course the upbeat Ringo Starr-like theme song.
Some may drop off as soon as they realize the game is yet another endless title, but it would be unfair to simply ignore it on this alone as Whale Trail's procedural level creation provides enough variation to justify a few playthroughs.
You play as Willow the Whale who is attempting to escape Baron Von Barry's evil clutches by riding a rainbow trail that allows Willow to fly. Touching the screen lifts you up, while holding on at the apex will start a loop-the-loop, giving you a chance to collect a few more rainbow bubbles necessary to keep you aloft and to increase your point multiplier. Stars can be collected to activate a temporary speed boost with invulnerability as well.
Unlike several recent titles, Whale Trail doesn't feature in-game objectives tied to bonuses, however there are a whopping 43 Game Center achievements to aim for if you're looking for some reason to keep playing.
Ultimately how long you stay for Whale Trail is up to you, but this cute title is easily worth picking up just to enjoy the simple, fun gameplay at least once.
Description***Previously Apple Game of the Week***
26,000+ 5 Star Ratings! (and counting)
Fly as Willow the Whale, collect Blubbles, loop the loop, unlock playable friends, upgrade Willow's skills, smash enemies and meet bonkers characters along the way.
> ‘The next smash hit in iOS gaming.’ - TNW
> ‘The game is GORGEOUSLY cute. Try it out for a buck.’ - Gizmodo
> ‘Whale Trail is an absolute joy.’ - TouchArcade
> ‘The kind of winningly simple concept from which App Store phenomena are made.’ - Edge
> ‘Impossible not to like, stellar production values and solid gameplay.’ - Pocket Gamer
> ‘Ditch your jetpack, it’s time to ride the psychedelic Whale Trail.’ - Kotaku
> ‘It’s simple and gorgeous. There’s rarely been a better gaming value for money.’ - T3
• Soundtrack by Gruff Rhys of ‘The Super Furry Animals’
• Simple and intuitive one touch gameplay
• 2 game modes, Classic and Challenge
• Earn Krill and use it in Willow's store
• Upgrade Willow's skills
• Unlock playable friends
• Use 'Treats' while flying for instant bonuses!
• 96 Challenge levels, can you 3 STAR them all?
• Smash the Thunder Bros in 'Frenzy' mode
• Launch into space at speed-boosts
• Compete against friends with Game Center
• Heaps of challenging missions to unlock