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My drug…

March 17, 2010

 

The current icon for the app(Episode 31: What's the Story, Morning Gory?)

 

… is Pocket God.

Recently I bought myself an iPod Touch, and one of the first apps I downloaded was a little 99 cent app called Pocket God. I have actually played this one beforehand, but they had several new updates I hadn’t played. And I was hooked all over again.

The game really is a nicely done little app, and should cost something like $5.00. I’d still pay for it. The developers, Bolt Creative, really should get the money they deserve. They update this game for FREE every month or two, and it’s always some stellar addition. The most recent one came out yesterday, and I downloaded it rather excitedly. They have included a very nice Story Mode, where the little islanders(Pygmies) can now talk, and you can write the dialogue and make them perform actions.

The basic premise of the game is to play god to the little Pygmies who inhabit the islands of the Land of Oog. You can lift them, toss them, flick them, poke them, and kill them in many ways; such as drowning them, tossing them into a volcano, feeding them to a shark, burning them, freezing them, hitting them with a lightning bolt, etc.

It has been said before, but I’ll repeat it; there aren’t many ways to be benevolent towards them, and the ‘gifts’, or good things you do to them are rather strange. LIke turning them into ghosts(Which only happens after you kill them) is good? Strange.

You are able to re-name your Pygmies(For a while I had them named after people I knew), and change what type of god you are. There are numerous minigames that you can play, usually involving the death of one or more Pygmies. Every minigame has a score that is recorded that can be uploaded to OpenFeint, which is an online social network of sorts that records your achievements and scores, and lets you challenege your friends to beat you at them. The minigames are often activated when you use a god power, like if you swirl your finger around when it is stormy, you can create a hurricane. If you then zap a Pygmy with lightning, it starts a Hurricane Zap minigame, which is very hard, mind you.

The most recent minigame is called ‘Pain Drain’, which is activated in the underwater area. A giant plug is pulled out, and if a Pygmy is close enough he will be sucked in, and then you are sliding down a drain, trying to get as deep as possible and land on platforms without hitting the spikes on the top or bottom.

The entire game can be customized as you like, as well. The basic features include turning on or off things like temperature control, birds, sharks, fishing rods, monsters like giant spiders and dinosaurs, coconuts, meteors, and other items and features that vary throughout the different islands and areas. Also, they offer several ‘Customization Packs’ that can be purchased for 99 cents that allow you to further customize your game. There are themed skin packs, which allow you to change the look of items and the islands, and there is a Dance Pack, which lets you change the dances the Pygmies can do.

This game is a perfect blend between complicated and simple. The interface is simple and 2D, no annoying scrolling around looking for your little people like in other town/sim style games. They are all right there in front of you in a very well designed 2D island, which doesn’t go beyond your display’s edges. Players can play as simply as they like, or they can turn on features and buy packs to really play the game hard. There is no win/lose/level up/feeding/needs or anything of more complicated games, just a simple, easy design that lets you do pretty much whatever you like, whenever you like.

I recommend you download this game, because it is extremely fun, and well worth more than 99 cents. If you would like to get more info, you can go to their blog here. Enjoy, and play well!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2010 4:47 pm

    haha! *drug* i have it to!! hahahaha!!

  2. March 20, 2010 7:16 pm

    You were telling me about that game.

  3. allison tannery permalink
    March 25, 2010 3:39 pm

    nicely written. but i’m a little afraid of all the pain and violence. glad i’m not a pygmy.

  4. Katherine Tannery permalink
    March 26, 2010 12:09 am

    Ha ha! I LOVE this game. Very fun and silly. Some of the things that one can do to them make me cringe though…

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