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And on the Second Day, He Infested - Pocket God Update 44 is Now

Posted by Rob Rich on April 4th, 2012

2012 is still in full-swing and the Earth is still in one piece (more or less), so Bolt Creative is unleashing another catastrophe on an unsuspecting group of pygmies. Okay realistically they're probably anything but "unsuspecting," seeing as horrific tragedy is more common in their lives than breathing. Still, a new update has gone live and it involves nasty buzzing things. Those are always lovely.

Pocket God Episode 44: The Perfect Swarm unlocks a new door in the Apocalypse Island temple. An ominous door (okay, okay, they're all ominous). A door leading to the lair of the Locust Queen. Inside, players can feed pygmies to the rather robust monarch or press out swarms of baby bugs to play with. Literally. This locust swarm can be directly controlled in order to smother, devour or even mutate the poor little fellas as much as anyone could want. But of course there's more to it. As per usual there's also a new skin pack, this time with an uber-nerd theme. I have to say, there.s something alluring about changing the moon into a twenty-sided die or switching the sand sculpture for an arcade cabinet. And even that's not the end of it. In a similarly expectant fashion, Pocket God Comics is getting its fifteenth issue titled Gem Cell Research. Hilarity no doubt ensues.

These new updates are live now. Feel free to open up the App Store app and start downloading. Or stop resisting and buy them already. There's also that.

Pocket God Comics Issue 14 Hits The App Store

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 14th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHORT BUT SWEET :: Read Review »

Issue 14 of Pocket God Comics is now available on the App Store. Entitled "Para-Abnormal Activity", it's the final instalment in the series, before a new story arc begins.

The story in this issue focuses on the two tribes after they crash into a mysterious island while attempting to get home from their previous adventure. The girls are unable to regenerate which is not very convenient given they've just landed on a haunted and very spooky island!

For those who have inexplicably missed out on Pocket God Comics before, the comic is based on the very successful game of the same name and consistently features some great artwork.

As always, the comic is priced at $0.99 through an in-app purchase. A taster of the story is available below. For those comic book fans who prefer a physical item, issue 14 will also be available in local comic book shops around the US.

Pocket God Sees 43rd Update - Also Predicts Armageddon

Posted by Rob Rich on February 3rd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A GOD AMONG APPS :: Read Review »

Pocket God is still going strong, blasting right through update number forty-three (43!). The newest episode, "Killing Time," deals with the kind of stuff that turned Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Deloreans and use of the word "paradox" into national phenomena. In other words, it has to do with futzing around with time. Like time, time. Not wasting a few minutes at the bus stop, time. Players will be able to visit the new Apocalypse Island, home of a multi-roomed temple that includes a time-shifting chamber. It also houses a creepy Aztec calendar that's counting down to 11:11am, December 21st, 2012.

This is just the first of many apocalypse-themed updates, according to Bolt. Each of the temple's many rooms features some sort of Armageddon-like power, each to be opened with future updates, but at the moment no other specifics have been revealed. Bolt will be continuing to release more doomsday content over the course of the next 10 months. Hopefully they'll be able to move on to a new theme after that, assuming the world still exists.

Pocket God in all its dark-humored glory can, as usual, be downloaded from the App Store for $0.99. The other 95% of iOS users who already own it can simply update it like they normally would to get the new stuff.

[Via VerticalWire]

Pocket God Comics Releases Issues Number 12 and 13

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on January 4th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHORT BUT SWEET :: Read Review »

Pocket God Comics, issues 12 & 13, are available now in the App Store. Issue number 13 is the end to the "A Quest Called Tribe," story-arc, begun in issue number 10, in which a female pygmy has convinced the boy pygmies to head deep under the water to find her missing tribe. Interestingly, no one dies in either of these issues; it's up to readers to decide if this is good or bad.

The comic is based on Bolt Creative's Pocket God, one of the more successful apps on the App Store. The full color comic itself just passed the 500,000 download mark - with each issue coming in at around $0.99 (bundles can be purchased for a smaller per-issue price), we're sure the folks responsible for the comic are happy.

The comics are available on the App Store now courtesy of iVerse Media, the digital partner of Ape Entertainment, itself the owner of several comic book properties, such as Shrek, Casper and Strawberry Shortcake. As with all the other Pocket God comics, these issues will also be available from your local comic shop as a print comic.


Pocket God Episode 42: Bone Soup Details Revealed

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on December 19th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A GOD AMONG APPS :: Read Review »

Pocket God continues to build on its phenomenal success with update after update, giving players a ton of content for very litte outlay. Developer Dave Castlenuevo and the gang at Bolt Creative continue to spearhead efforts to release frequent episodic updates. The last one was in October of this year.

Episode 42, entitled Bone Soup, unlocks the powers of the underwater pyramid, itself released back in October with Episode 41: I Sting the Body Electric. The new pyramid powers include the elements of fire, ice, oil, and acid, and air, allowing players to unleash them upon the poor Pygmies to comedic and fatal effect. Check out the video below to see how this will play out:

But wait, there's more! In addition to a new Candyland skin pack that lets gamers festoon their islands with holiday-flavored treats, Episode 42 adds another annual new Fishmas dance to Pocket God. This year’s edition, titled “12 Days of Fishmas,” can be seen at the video just below - it's a fun and fatal animated short that has a bit of a sneak peak at the next Bolt Creative game as well - Pocket God: The Runs!

Pocket God Episode 42: Bone Soup will release as an update tomorrow to all current owners of the Pocket God app, while the app still costs a extremely affordable $0.99 - an amazing deal considering the vast amounts of content within it.


Pocket God Comics App Hits 500K Downloads - Time to Party With Savings!

Posted by Rob Rich on December 8th, 2011

It's amazing how certain iOS games can just explode into our culture, isn't it? It happened with Angry Birds, which spawned more than a few spin-offs, merchandise and even a cartoon. The sadistic little app from Bolt Creative about the lovably doomed island of pygmies has also been bitten by the success bug. Since its release, Pocket God has seen a ton of content updates, a follow-up with its own metric ton of additions, and a digital comic. Each of these three things have been incredibly popular, but it's the success of the comic we're talking about now.

On the heels of a major milestone achievement (500 thousand plus downloads) and a new update (issue #11) comes even better news. Pocket God Comics, in collaboration with Free App A Day (FAAD), is on sale for absolutely free for the next two days. Well technically FAAD is responsible for Thursday's sale, while MonsterFreeApps is handling Friday. Anyway, from the 8th through the 9th, the now 11 issue strong digital comic app will be available for zilch. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

Great games, great reads, great regular prices and an even greater sale. Honestly, aside from a general discomfort derived from the violent demises of cartoon islanders, I can't think of a legitimate reason for anyone to miss this sale. It's looking to be one fantastic weekend.

Hands On With Pocket God: Decapithon

Posted by Jennifer Allen on October 26th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ordinarily, it would sound pretty arrogant to suggest that a mere update to a game could quite easily be sold as a full title. When the update in question is for Pocket God however, then it becomes distinctly more plausible.

Since its release over 2 years ago, Pocket God has turned into a hugely successful phenomenon and one that has consistently evolved thanks to its many updates over the years. This time round is arguably the biggest update yet with a game within a game added to the Universal version of the title. That game? It's called Decapithon and it's very much like arcade platformers of old.

Much like everything else in Pocket God, Decapithon is easy to access with players simply moving over to the graveyard island and dropping a pygmy into the teleporter. In that teleporter, Pocket God turns into a whole new game but with all the fun and splendour that we've come to expect.

Players tilt their iPad to move from left to right along the islands and platforms of each level. It's not that simple, though, otherwise that'd be dull. A plentiful supply of the undead get in the way of progressing and players must throw axes at them to chop their heads off. In typical Pocket God fashion, it's still endearingly sweet. Controls are simple to use with tilting left to right moving the pgymy and tapping one of the two buttons to jump. Firing axes is done by tapping in the relevant direction, adding some flexibility to where can be fired at. It's as simple as that meaning that anyone can join in.

Different enemy types emerge to keep things interesting and there's even the prospect of boss battles too. While the humble Pygmy Zombie is pretty easy to defeat with a few tosses of the axe, the Moon Witch can throw acid 'loogies' and the Big Booga is as fearsome as it sounds. It's a satisfying experience and excellent fun. The only annoyance I could really pinpoint is that of the tilt controls. I'm no big fan of them admittedly and with the size of the iPad, it would have been convenient to be able to switch to something button based, especially when playing on the move.

Despite that quibble though, Decapithon is just the kind of game that would easily work as a $0.99 title so as a free update for owners of Pocket God, it's an exceptional addition. It's been touted as one of the most ambitious updates for the game yet and quite rightly so. Fortunately it's paid off with style.

Pocket God: Decapithon is available now as a free update for iPad owners of Pocket God or it's priced at $0.99 for new owners.

Pocket God Gets (Another) Juicy Update - Now With iOS 5 Support

Posted by Rob Rich on October 13th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A GOD AMONG APPS :: Read Review »

Know what's great about Pocket God? Aside from the malicious glee one gets from snuffing out helpless cartoon characters repeatedly, I mean. It's that the game has been receiving a ridiculous amount of support since it's release. Just over 40 Episodes have been released thus far, and Bolt Creative doesn't look like they plan to slow down any time soon.

Yes, I said "over" 40. The newest Episode, "I Sting the Body Electric" has just gone live. This update adds a coral reef to the Ocean Floor area, complete with jellyfish to torment those loveable, languishing pygmies. It also includes a purchasable "Underwater World" skin pack that changes the Pocket God island's boulder into a puffer fish and the volcano into a whale. Oh, and there's something about iOS 5 feature support or something. I wasn't really paying attention.

I'm kidding! Just kidding! Don't hurt me!

The new update allows players to make use of two iOS 5 thingies: First, there's the Asynchronous Turn-Based Gaming that will let them square off against friends and complete strangers in the Battle of the Gods mini-game. Second is the iCloud Storage, which will save progress whenever a level in the battle arena is completed or a new challenge is unlocked. Then they can continue their game with no data loss on any of their other iOS devices.

I suppose there's no time like the present to dive back in to the pygmy slaughter. Pocket God is, and has been, available on the App Store (iOS 5 support and all) right now for a buck. But really, who doesn't own it by now?

Pocket God Receives Landmark 40th Update

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 11th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A GOD AMONG APPS :: Read Review »

That tiny little 99c purchase of Pocket God way back in 2009 has gone a heck of a long way with updates coming in fast. It's meant that owners of Pocket God have always had something to go back to in the game and something new to discover. Now 2 years after its initial release, Bolt Creative has announced the release of the game's 40th update offering some astounding value. Impressive stuff for such a simple yet compelling title.

The 40th update, titled Battle of the Gods, promises to be the largest content expansion to date for the game. While the previous update introduced God Idols and God Island to the game world, this new episode allows players to use up to four of the aforementioned idols in a showdown against one of 40 gods on God Island. Each God Idol promises different attacks and weaknesses with future updates offering a new idol to obtain and a new god to fight.

Yes, more updates. Bolt Creative has promised that new updates will continue with CEO Dave Castelnuovo making a strong point of stating that the company will continue to take suggestions from avid fans in order to be as popular as ever.

As well as the Battle of the Gods update, players can also download a new Mafia skin pack for $0.99. It offers skins inspired by Mafia culture with players able to change the volcano into the New York skyline, replace the statue on Sand Island with a Pygmy wearing cement shoes and the ability to turn the moon into a pizza amongst many other things.

For the rare minority of iOS owners who have yet to purchase Pocket God, there's never been a better time than now with a huge amount of content bound to entertain for a tiny cost.

The Battle of the Gods update is available now. Check out the screenshots below.

Pocket God Keeps The Updates Coming

Posted by Blake Grundman on July 14th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you were to look up generosity in the dictionary, I am pretty sure you might find an icon for the game Pocket God next to the definition.  Simply put, this is the franchise that just keeps on giving, and for completely free.  Their most recent release of the game Pocket God: Journey to Uranus is no exception to the rule either, as it was announced yesterday that another cost absent update has just been made available.

Entitled "Planet of the Living Dead," the game is delving into a world that gamers have become ever so familiar with: zombies.  Not only do the brain gobblers make their first appearance, but now you will also be able to arm your pygmies, in order to fight off the mindless hordes.

Check out the trailer below and let us know in the comments if this is the type of update that could coax a purchase out your stingy wallet.

Pocket God: Journey To Uranus Now Available For iPhone And iPod Touch Users

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 9th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Pocket God is one of the true success stories on the app store. It was over 2 years ago that it first hit the app store and ever since it's been riding high in the app store charts. It's not surprising even considering the wealth of updates that have been released for it gradually. Even when it first came out, it won our esteemed Editor's Choice award thanks to its casual yet innovative style of god simming and it's gone from strength to strength since then. Since its release, Pocket God has reached 4.5 million downloads with over 1 million in-app purchases made too. There's even a whole range of Pocket God Comics now which has been downloaded over 300,000 times thanks to the seven issues currently available, with another 25 issues planned.

More immediately exciting is that of the release of Pocket God: Journey to Uranus for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It's already been available for the iPad for the past 6 months with a very positive review from Chris Nitz to entice players in. Now iPhone and iPod Touch owners can see what all the fuss is about too.

Journey to Uranus offers an interactive universe that players can explore and use their godly powers upon the inhabitants. It looks set to be a great twist on the regular Pocket God formula. There's also the addition of a new mini-game: Quantum Entanglement. This involves hunting down all the entangled atoms that are currently floating around in space. Essentially it's a memory game in which players have to remember the locations of each atom but it looks set to be addictively fun.

Pocket God: Journey to Uranus is available now for $0.99. iPad owners can download it for the iPhone and iPod Touch for free as it's an universal app now.

Check out the launch video below.

The Portable Podcast, Episode 81

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 19th, 2011

Not what you were expecting!

On This Episode:

  • Carter and Dave Castelnuovo of Bolt Creative discuss the mobile gaming industry. We discuss the different directions that Pocket God has gone in, game pricing including the freemium model, and the state of indie development on 'traditional' gaming consoles like the 3DS and PSP.

  • Who We Are:

  • Host: Carter Dotson
  • Guest: Dave Castelnuovo, Bolt Creative
  • Music:

  • "Beatnes7 (Theme to The Portable Podcast)" by The Eternal - Download on iTunes here:

  • "Nanocarp" by The Eternal

  • How to Listen:

  • Click Here to Subscribe in iTunes:
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  • Listen on WRGT Radio every Friday at 4pm Central
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    Pocket God Announces Updates Just in Time for Christmas

    Posted by Bonnie Eisenman on December 23rd, 2010

    It's hard to believe it, but Pocket God is already on its 36th update. If you've somehow missed it, the now-classic app gives users an island populated with charismatic "pygmies," along with myriad ways of torturing the poor souls. Fire ants, lightning, sharks - the pygmies have gone through a lot since Pocket God's long-ago debut. They even have their own comic now, which has also received an update. But first, let's look at the main app.

    The 36th update, named "Konkey Dong," is the last of three primate-inspired updates. I'll let the app's updated description speak for itself:

    A new gorilla idol appears on Ape Mountain (when the banana tree is visible). Drop a pygmy into the grip of the stone gorilla, and the real gorilla, Konkey, will come and kidnap the Pygmy! If another Pygmy is around to witness, he will attempt a rescue and start the mini-game Konkey Dong. This is our biggest mini-game yet. Inspired by the old school arcade game of yore, it has 5 levels and they are as addicting as they are challenging! Tilt the device to move left or right, tap the right to jump, hold the upper left to climb up a ladder, and the lower left to climb down a ladder. Avoid rolling boulders and beetles!

    That's not all, however. In addition to the gorilla-themed additions, the main Pocket God app has also added a Japanese Skin Pack via in-app purchase and a free Fishmas Pack. The Fishmas pack includes, um, everything you need to celebrate Fishmas. Which is apparently like Christmas. But with dead fish.

    Okay, moving on before the dead fish begin to smell. Pocket God Comics #4 is now out, and readers can apparently expect everything from a "half-naked Santa Claus" to Pygmy Zombies in the recent additions. Excellent!

    And finally, the charismatic pygmies from the comic are also starring in a new Fishmas-themed video. Merry Fishmas, everyone, and enjoy this slew of Pocket God updates.

    [youtube XGc4GFUjs80]

    Pocket God: Journey to Uranus Review

    By Chris Nitz on December 16th, 2010
    Pygmies are invading your iPad, and it is glorious.
    Read The Full Review »

    Apple Lists 2010 Top Apps

    Posted by Brad Hilderbrand on December 9th, 2010

    As the year winds down and we look ahead to the next decade it's time for all those wonderful end-of-year lists we all get so excited about. Today we have some exciting news, as Apple has detailed all the top paid and free apps for the iPhone and iPad, as well as the top grossing apps on each platform. Here's the full rundown, for your edification.

    Top 10 Paid iPhone Apps

    1. Angry Birds
    2. Doodle Jump
    3. Skee-Ball
    4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
    5. Fruit Ninja
    6. Cut the Rope
    8. The Moron Test
    9. Plants vs. Zombies
    10. Pocket God

    Top 10 Free iPhone Apps

    1. Facebook
    2. Angry Birds Lite
    3. Words With Friends Free
    4. Skype
    5. Tap Tap Revenge 3
    6. The Weather Channel®
    7. Paper Toss
    8. Bing
    10. Talking Tom Cat

    Top 10 Grossing iPhone Apps

    1. MLB.com At Bat 2010
    2. Angry Birds
    3. Call of Duty: Zombies
    4. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
    5. FriendCaller 3 Pro
    6. Zombie Farm
    7. TomTom U.S.A.
    8. TETRIS®
    9. Plants vs. Zombies
    10. Doodle Jump

    REad even MORE lists after the jump.