In a Bobbysix first, 25ThC reviews an iphone app! Very 21st Century. Before you cynically suggest we are being sponsored to write about it, shut your face. We're not. We were actually drawn to it because its accompanying sounds are created by one of our heroes...
This colourful and beautifully animated game for the iphone is a crazily addictive affair and I literally have not been able to stop playing it in every free minute since I bought it at the bargain price of 69p.
The premise is to pilot Willow the Whale as he flies through the sky collecting multicoloured bubbles and stars whilst avoiding the dark black clouds which serve to electrocute him. Once Willow has collected 7 stars he enters the frenzy mode for a short time which attracts all surrounding bubbles to him and also allows him to fly through the clouds, zapping them as he goes. The game is controlled very simply with one finger, and a press of the screen causes Willow to fly up and - if held - do a loop the loop. The purpose is also simple - stay alive as long as possible and score as many points as you can. The only problem is as soon as you die you want to play again and again and again to try and beat your high score. It is also part of Apple's game centre so you can pit your score against the world's best.
The game has been designed by Neil McFarland of award winning digital design studio Ustwo. Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals provides the music and the voiceover, in Welsh. He has just released the track Whale Trail as a double-A side digital and 12" vinyl backed by Space Dust from his recent album Hotel Shampoo. Neil's previous collaborations with Gruff include artwork for Super Furry Animals' Juxtaposed With You single and animations for the band's Rings Around The World and Phantom Power DVD Albums.
Buy this game now and then try and put it down!
Review by 25ThC.