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Whale Trail



Delightful tap-to-jump game with cool, colorful challenges.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are simple instructions and an optional tutorial to explain game play. Unlike Mighty Fin, there are not different levels in this game. Instead, the difficulty increases (and the scenery and challenges vary) within the game each time it's played. There are 43 different achievements, which can serve as goals if the game gets repetitive. Game Center is required to track these achievements.

Violence & scariness

Some elements of the game could be frightening for younger kids. When the player bumps Willow into a cloud, there are bolts of lightning and you see Willow's skeleton, as if he is being electrocuted. A few of the achievements suggest violence, such as "cloud massacre." When Willow deliberately smashes clouds during a frenzy, the clouds simply dissipate with a poof.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

One of the achievements is named "dirty banker" (for getting 1,000,000 points).


On the info page, there is a link to purchase the game soundtrack.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:October 20, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Size:17.80 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.1 or later

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Kid, 11 years old February 15, 2015


Cute and fun game for kids of all ages.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 10 years old November 29, 2014

Not good

Whale trail is one of those games that kids get addicted to. Also, kids watch the ads for HOURS so they can get an expensive whale. Parents, I'd pass.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old January 9, 2015

Try Whale Trail Junior Until 8

This game is fine, but the clouds are means and the villain looks scary. There is another game called Whale Trail Junior where is Willow gets electrocuted, nothing happens and you win no matter what. You can't lose! As you complete levels just once, you unlock a new character and track. Whale Trail is cool and that Gruf singer is awesome! In normal Whale Trail, if you get hit, you slowly die and Willow falls and gets captured by the villain. Not for little kids.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use


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