“A colourful, saccharin sweet Cetacean-led one-thumb journey that’s not quite as mad as it thinks it is.”£0.69
In a storyline that Sir David Attenborough might have some problems with regarding its technical accuracy, Willow the Whale’s had enough of evil black squid Baron Von Barry, and soared into the heavens on the back of a rainbow. He now gulps multicoloured bubbles to stay aloft, and avoids nasty black storm clouds.
It’s a surreal premise (unless you live in a world way more bizarre than we do), and due to the game’s vibrant backgrounds, oddball characters and whimsical soundtrack, it’s impossible to not be enchanted, and the simple controls (prod the screen to move Willow up - that’s it) further cement its accessibility.
On extended play, there’s a feeling that the psychedelia is a bit too calculated (unlike the overblown craziness of Adult Swim games), a little like The Yellow Submarine shoved through a focus group. But we nonetheless reckon Whale Trail is fine fodder for fans of Tiny Wings and iCopter-style games.
Be mindful, though, that beyond the visuals, the game offers little new, so don’t expect to still be playing it in a year’s time.