Pocket Whip Wild West 1.0 for iOS Applelinks Review

16007 Is Knick Knack Media's Pocket Whip Wild West 1.0 for iOS the new Angry Birds? Frankly, not being much of a gamer, I don't have the informed frame of reference needed to answer that. However, KKM notes that the original Pocket Whip app (still available for free in version 2.2.2) which allows users to snap their iPhone or iPad like a whip to produce a convincing whiplash sound, has been downloaded an impressive more than five million times, and that the latest upgraded version of the app, Pocket Whip Wild West 1.0 for iOS, is even better, adding a skill-based game in which players swipe using a finger gesture or snap the virtual whip to destroy oncoming objects.


Part of the credit for the original Pocket Whip app's prolific uptake, and becoming the number one app in the Entertainment category on the U.S. App Store, was attributable to its appearance in season 5, episode 19 of the The Big Bang Theory TV Show, entitled "The Weekend Vortex," that first aired March 8, 2012 and in which the characters punctuate their dialog with whip cracks created using their iPhones and the Pocket Whip app.

I wouldn't know from that, since I avoid sitcoms and have never been able to sit through more than a minute or two of TBBT, which is the most popular TV program in Canada overall and gets played incessantly on CTV - both original episodes and a many times repeated syndication cycle. However, according to Mason Davis of Knick Knack Media, "On March 9 the app went from 936 to number 1 in the Entertainment category of the U.S. App Store, and it stayed there for two weeks."

Now, Pocket Whip Wild West is ready to create another outbreak of Pocket Whip enthusiasm. The whiplash sound is still there of course and it's still cool I say as a longtime fan of the western genre. The game in the new Pocket Whip Wild West is entertaining as well, even for a seldom gamer like me. It quickly ropes you in, so to speak


Playing Pocket Whip Wild West, the premise is that outlaws have taken over the local saloon, and in the ensuing mayhem you can test your skill with the bullwhip as bullets, whiskey bottles, barstools, tables, and chairs come flying toward you. The goal of the game is to demolish oncoming objects before they reach the inside of the screen, creating a virtual crack that reduces play life. You use your whip by swiping your finger from bottom to top of the screen. Swipe technique determines both the direction and the length of the whiplash. The more accurately the whip hits a moving target, the more points the player scores. the device to smash oncoming, flying objects before they crack your screen, or shaking/ The instantly responsive animated whip allows skilled gamers to obliterate targets width speed and accuracy. Certainly no latency noted on my not exactly state of the art iPad 2 as I use it to defend myself from the trigger-happy outlaws .


Power Mode is activated after 3 consecutive direct hits for extra whipping power with which your whip destroys everything, no matter where they strike, and points are multiplied by the number of objects destroyed simultaneously. However, the pace of gameplay, which is plenty rapid for me in regular mode, can become frenetic in Power Mode, with the number of objects spawned and hurtling toward the player increasing to its fastest rate.

Hitting a power-up object gives you three shake/snap whips, where you strike by snapping your iDevice in a whip-cracking motion. The whip will destroy everything on the screen and multiply the score by the number of objects that are destroyed simultaneously. Other power-ups add a life when hit.


In my estimation, the animation is pretty good, and the game works as advertised. There isn't a whole lot of variety, but that's not the point with repetitive, skill-building games like this, and if such challenges are your cup of tea, you'll probably find Pocket Whip Wild West a pleasant diversion.

I'll give Pocket Whip Wild West 1.0 a strong 3 out of 5 ratiing.

Device Requirements:
(*) iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
(*) Requires iOS 4.3 or later
(*) Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
(*) 13.0 MB

Pocket Whip Wild West 1.0 sells $0.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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