Pocket God, which just rocketed into the number one Top Paid App slot, is a laugh-out-loud iPhone experience that doesn't rely on scores, rankings or even winning to hold your interest. That's what I like most about this brilliantly creative app centered around making Pygmy islanders miserable from the moment they arrive on the island.
The concept of Pocket God is intoxicating as you take on the role of an all-powerful god ruling over a miniature tribe of unsuspecting sand-midgets who never seem to loose their optimism no matter how torturous life becomes for them living under your hairy man hand. The idea of inflicting sudden chaos at will on a gang of bone heads in grass skirts can be highly addictive. And It only takes one finger.
Add new islanders on command and then flick them off into a volcano, feed them to a shark, fry them with hot lava or tap to make them all do the Macarena for your own pleasure. One of the slicker features in Pocket God is the ability to turn day into night and create a storm, only to call down thunder capable off turning your island worshipers into a heap of black ash. There's more to this microgame than I first imagined.
Pocket God is one of those fantastical ideas that opens up a world of new possibilities for iPhone users. Mainly because the developers at Bolt Creative are taking update cues from their fanatical community of man-gods. While every idea can't be instantly implemented, it's powerful to imagine users shaping the destiny of these islanders with each new episode. If Pocket God continues to evolve as a concept, it could launch a community of loyalists willing to participate in the app's long term growth. With users focused more on exploring rather than just scoring.
Some victims of ADD have been critical of this app complaining about a limited story line and usability. Whatever nerds! I found Pocket God to be the kind of $.99 app that quickly turns into one of those, "ooh, ooh look at this!" items when I've introduced it to other cult of iPhone fanatics. It's currently my favorite time waster for iPhone that I launch daily just to let those Pygmies know I'm still watching. Pocket God has helped me renew that feeling of childlike wonder again.
One reviewer had this to say about Pocket God; "I think that you should add more land so your islanders can roam more and experience more torture from us." A Person Named Bobby said in his iTunes comments.
Yeah Bobby! More torture from us. You nailed it exactly broseph!