Pocket Pond 2: iPhone App Written and Video Review
Here lately we’ve been talking an awful lot about the micromanagement genre. We haven’t really been meaning to do this on purpose. It just sort of turned out that way. Either way, it’s a field that we like an whole lot since discovering Tiny Towers, and with the recent apps we’ve looked at, it seems like a genre that’s only getting better. With that in mind, one of our more recent quality finds is Pocket Pond 2 by developer TriggerWave. The app offers a slightly different approach to the style of play than we’re used to, involving some quality breeding mechanics, a whole lot of koi, and some relaxing gameplay. For those whose interest has been piqued, you’ll find our whole review listed out below!
Concept and Gameplay
First out of the box, we’d simply like to say that Pocket Pond 2 is the sort of game that we could describe as a game, but to be honest, it’s not quite there. This is a good thing, though. The main point of the title is simple: You raise koi in your own pond, adding new elements to the pond as you go along and taking the time to interact with your fish in their natural environment. You can breed new guys by combining some of your existing fish, or you can purchase new koi from the store. You can even fish for new entries, if you’d like. Along the way, you’ll be purchasing decorations and other animals to add to the mix. You’ll also need to clean the pond, maintain its appearance, and generally manage your fish. So all in all, there are game elements to Pocket Pond 2, but on the whole, we tended to play it simply to relax and enjoy a bit of running water. Do we have a problem with that? Absolutely not!
Design and Interface
We have to admit, Pocket Pond 2 looks pretty slick on the iPhone, too. As mentioned, the entire game takes a grand departure from previously standard arcade gimmicks as seen elsewhere in the genre. As such, Pocket Pond 2 is much more scrolls and running water than it is arcade plastic. We sort of prefer it that way, actually. At the least, we found it to be a pleasant change from what we’re used to reviewing.
Let’s talk about the freemium model that’s used here for a second. Wed had no problem enjoying Pocket Pond 2 without paying a dime, and we have no doubts that others will either. You earn rewards for playing the game, and unless you’re not being careful with your cash, you should be able to make what you earn last. As such, the game is a tremendous value at the price listed, and we can’t see any reason in the world not to suggest it to fans of the genre. Get this one, get relaxed, and have fun!
Pocket Pond 2 requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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