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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Whale Trail is a colorful tap-to-jump game similar to Tiny Wings. The player helps Willow the Whale fly through the air, collecting bubbles to stay alive and get points and avoiding bumping into clouds or sinking back into the sea, where an evil enemy awaits. A short trailer is available on YouTube. Like most tap-to-jump games, the game mechanics are simple to learn, but the trick of mastering the timing requires skill and patience, hence the "addictiveness" of the game. When Willow the Whale bumps into a cloud, there are flashes of lightning and you see Willow's skeleton, which could be startling for younger kids. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Users must login to Game Center, however, to track their own achievements and progress.
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For kids who enjoy tap-to-jump games, this is a great bargain. The colorful scenery and creative challenges make playing really enjoyable. The music and sound effects enhance this magical world, in an almost retro way, reminiscent of "Yellow Submarine." There are also several elements of gameplay that keep things interesting, such as maintaining enough fuel, flying in loops, and smashing clouds during "frenzies." Eventually, the game can get repetitive, but kids will enjoy trying to win the creative achievements. If you want to track the achievements, just make sure to pay close attention to the privacy controls within Game Center.
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