The Whale Trail Phenomenon

September 13, 2012

Currently ranked at a solid 79 on iTunes’ Top Free Game Apps, Whale Trail is the latest and most addicting iPad app on the market. Most recently, Gull Lake High School has become obsessed with this app and it’s lovable, blubbery hero: Willow.

A lot of my classmates may lay claim to the discovery of this app. But, in truth, it was made popular in our school through the Cross Country Team. One Sunday morning, after a Team Sleepover, a few of us were perusing the App Store for no good reason and, upon Willie’s recommendation, we downloaded Whale Trail. From there, we’ve been recommending it to more people every day. And those people have told other people. And so on and so forth. The app went “Gull Lake Viral”.

The game is simple in concept. Complicated in meaning. Exciting in gameplay. And competitive in scoring.

The object of the game is to guide our flying whale friend, Willow, through the Seven Zones of the Magic Rainbow.

Willow was chased from his sea home by the evil Barron Von Barry. As Willow flies to escape the Barron, he must avoid Thunderclouds, collect Blubbles for fuel, and collect stars to enter Frenzy Mode. Willow’s score is based off how many Blubbles he collects, how far he gets, and what his Score Multiplier is. To enter Frenzy Mode, Willow has to collect seven stars (each a different color of the Rainbow). In Frenzy Mode, Willow is able to smash through Thunderclouds like it ain’t no thing but a chicken wing. The most exciting aspect of the game, however, is the Goodies. Each Zone of the Magic Rainbow is a different color (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) and at the end of each Zone is a Goody. Each Goody is colored and shaped differently based off of their Zone. There’s the Red Goody, the Orange Goody, the Yellow Goody, etc…And these Goodies provide you a trail of Blubbles and a gift. They’re very kind, as you can imagine.

My favorite is the Red Goody. For sure.

Another absolutely amazing part of the game is the music (and sounds). Gruff Rhys created a song, properly entitled “Whale Trail“, which plays in the background of every game. It’s brilliant. And the sounds of the game are adorably hilarious. Each Goody has a different noise they make that perfectly fit the personality of their appearance. Every time Willow flies high enough, he proudly proclaims that “He can see his house from here!” Every fresh game starts with a “WOO!” and ends with an “Aw…” from our whale friend.

And the scores. Oh, don’t even get me started on the scores. The question on every Gull Lake High Schoolers mind is not: Romney or Obama? It’s: Who’s the best Whale Trailer?

As of right now, Brady’s the King with a whopping 4.5 million points. I stand at a measly 1 million while most of our friends (including Ben and Jeremy) stand at around 1.2-1.5 million.

Overall, this game has provided me and many of my classmates with plenty of entertainment. From our first encounters with the Red Goody, to the many conversations on strategy, Whale Trail has defined the past week of Gull Lake High School.

Who knows when Whale Trail will be Number One? Who knows when it will be recognized in the Guinness Book of World Record as: “Best App Evar”? I don’t have all the answers. What I do know is that I freaking love Whale Trail.

-Brian Wiegand (An Idiot, A Superman in training)


2 Responses to “The Whale Trail Phenomenon”

  1. oh god, I did the artwork for the game and Gruff Rhys is a good friend, I’m going to send him this article, its totally made my day! Can you let me have your school address and we can send you a poster or something? 🙂

    PS Are you still playing it?
    All the best – Neil

  2. Dustin Says:

    Just got world ranked #9 though some of the top scores look suspicious! Finally broke into the 6mills!! So excited if you can’t tell 😮 *yh-dustin

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