December 2, 2010 | by Michael Heller
The popular Ngmoco iOS game Pocket God is now available in the Android market. I was a big fan of this game back when I had an iPhone, but so far the Android port is a bit of a mixed bag.
Pocket God is basically an open-ended game where you drop pygmies onto an island and you can play with them as you wish. You can try to poop on them with a bird that flies overhead, you can control the weather, sink the island, fling pygmies into a volcano, or just watch them eat, fish and dance around. It’s a very fun pick up and play experience, and while there is no storyline or real progression, there are a number of mini-game achievements to be unlocked.
The game costs 99 cents, and comes pre-packed with almost all of the “episodes” (read: updates) of its iOS brother. While the iOS version is up to Episode 35, Android has Episode 31B. In all there are 5 different areas to play in, including 3 tropical islands, an ice island and an underwater level complete with sharks with friggin’ lasers on their heads!
The graphics and sounds are slick, but the game does clock in at almost 21 MB, and doesn’t include an option to install to SD, so be careful if you don’t have much internal memory available. Also, the Market reviews have reported a lot of force crashing on various devices. I’ve played a while on my 2.2.1 stock Nexus One and haven’t had any problems, but obviously there are some bugs in the game, so be wary of that.
Overall, it’s a solid game with tons of content. The developers at Bolt Creative have been known to push updates pretty quickly, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pocket God’s bugs fixed soon, and see the content come on par to iOS pretty soon. It’s certainly worth a shot. And, of course, if the game crashes on your device, there’s always the Market return policy.