One game I’ve earmarked for review treatment is ustwo’s Monument Valley. I’m not actually sure what the deal is, but it looks pretty sweet. Alas, the guys are out of review codes.
While I save up the necessary, er, £2.49, I’ve grabbed an ustwo freebie in the form of Whale Trail, which features rainbows, anthropomorphised clouds, and a flying whale. You heard me.
At its core, Whale Trail is an endless runner, and as such you’re ultimately tasked with – you guessed it – flying for as long as possible. Think Flappy Bird on acid with a flying whale, and you’re somewhere in the right vicinity.
In order to keep moving, it’s vital that you collect coloured ball thingies that effectively fuel your – wait for it – whale trail, hence, y’know, Whale Trail. When your fuel runs out, you’ll fall off the bottom of the screen like the big fat whale you are, and that spells Game Over, kid.
Looking to expedite your inevitable demise are evil clouds. Stray off course and they’ll drain your precious whale trail (the bast*rds).
On the plus side, dotted around the Whale Trail playing area are stars. Collect seven of them and you’ll enter frenzy mode, which allows you to blast through clouds and collect tons of points in the process. Lovely.
Needless to say, Whale Trail features the obligatory currency with the shop and the upgrades and the blah blah blah. You all know the story by now.
If endless running isn’t your thing, Whale Trail also offers 96 challenge levels, with three stars up for grabs in each.
And that’s Whale Trail in a nutshell. Is it any good? Aye, it’s no’ bad, I guess.
At this stage in the game, I’ve played more than my fair share of endless runners, though, to be fair, Whale Trail is a good couple of years old now, so I’ll give it some leeway there.
Still, the old cyclical thing where you put in loads of time to get loads of cash to get loads of upgrades to get a higher score seems, somehow, patently obvious here. It feels more like a game of patience than skill.
But! Having said that, Whale Trail is oddly enjoyable, and as I mentioned, there are tons of challenge levels if you can’t be bothered with the endless runner grind.
Oh, and Whale Trail also boasts a suitably odd soundtrack by Gruff Rhys of The Super Furry Animals.
You know what? All in all, I kinda like it. I don’t love it, but… yeah.
- It’s rather absurd
- Challenge and Classic modes
- Soundtrack by Gruff Rhys
- More a game of patience than skill
- Quite pushy with requests to rate
- There’s not a whole lot to it
Summary: Whale Trail is an intentionally silly endless runner with a flying whale protagonist. There’s not a whole lot to it, but it is, somehow, oddly enjoyable.
Price: free @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.