Bolt Creative's Pocket God [App Store] has had a seemingly permanent spot on the top lists of both overall paid apps and paid games since its release nearly a year ago. As a pioneer of episodic content updates, the "Good Will Haunting" update marks the 26th addition to the original game.

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The free "Good Will Haunting" update introduces the Pygmy Ghost:

If a Pygmy dies in the graveyard, it will reappear as a ghost and float around. You can direct the ghost and have it mess with the other live Pygmies. You can do possession, scare a Pygmy to death, pickup a Pygmy and fly away, phase through the ground and pull a pygmy into the ghost dimension, and even do a banshee scream that bursts the eardrums of all the Pygmies listening. You can make all 6 Pygmies into ghosts if you want and to get rid of them, you just send them into the light (ala Poltergeist).

This update also marks the beginning of a new era of in-app customization via optional downloadable content (DLC) packs. For 99¢ in the latest update you can customize the look of the T-Rex on the island with various skins, hats, and even tattoos. Developer Dave Castelnuovo hopes to ideally include one additional DLC pack alongside each free update to the app, provided it doesn't slow down the release of said update. The reason to include these optional paid upgrades is, of course, to fund future development of Pocket God, but as a result, the latest version requires OS 3.0 or higher.

IMG_0836If you've never heard of Pocket God before, the premise is simple-- You play as a god watching over a small tribe of pygmies. The amount of interaction you have with these characters and their environment is insane, and you can do everything from flick one of your guys in to a volcano, bury them alive and turn them in to zombies, as well as play little mini-games inspired by Doodle Jump [99¢] and Harbor Master [99¢ / Free].

Pocket God's army of fans is a phenomenon that many developers have attempted to duplicate. The amount of spinoff sites and communities all because of this one iPhone game is absolutely mind boggling. I admit I don't really get it myself, but the number of people who are in love with Pocket God borders on unbelievable. If you've never played the game before, it's worth picking up, especially since with 26 updates under its belt it will likely take you a very long time to discover all the different things that can be done.

App Store Link: Pocket God, 99¢

  • SCIIZerg

    sweet! im am updating this now!

  • SCIIZerg

    sweet! im am updating this now!

  • Kita

    Pocket god is a really interesting app to mess around with but I don't consider this to be a game.

  • Kita

    Pocket god is a really interesting app to mess around with but I don't consider this to be a game.

  • MidianGTX

    Good way of swindling kids out of their pocket money I suppose.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      Yeah, what's wrong with these companies, trying to make money? Have they no shame?

      • Gavy

        If they continue to update Pocket God, then how are they just trying to make a quick buck? If they never updated that would be a quick buck...
        But I guess they are trying to make a quick buck of DLC's considering how they're just plain weird...

      • Titan-CC

        These companies aren't running a scam of any sort. Don't forget that they are people too, and for many developers, this is their only scource of income. Pocket God has sold well, but sales are dwindling and the developers (2 guys) need some way of bringing in funds so they can continue to develope more quality apps while still supporting old ones. Pocket God has had more developer support over a very long period of time than almost any other app, those developers should be glorified, not criticized.
        Besides, if people are stupid enough to spend their money it's their own fault. The developers list what the content has, so if you don't think it's worth it...don't buy it!
        Ok that was my say on the matter...

      • MidianGTX

        I don't blame them for trying to make money, but let's face it... you're really not getting much bang for your buck with this DLC. Pocket God is an app for the younger crowd, do parents really want their kids spending their pocket money on micro-transactions?

    • http://www.tbenjaminlarsen.com T. Benjamin Larsen

      Jeez. Bolt have delivered an incredible amount of content-rich updates for free, give the guys a break. As a developer I'm constantly amazed at their willingness to keep adding to an app that pretty much delivered what it promised in version 1.0.

      I'm personally not a huge fan off skinning etc. but that simply means I won't be buying the DLC stuff, it's not like it's required or anything...

  • MidianGTX

    Good way of swindling kids out of their pocket money I suppose.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.wordpress.com Scott

      Yeah, what's wrong with these companies, trying to make money? Have they no shame?

      • Gavy

        If they continue to update Pocket God, then how are they just trying to make a quick buck? If they never updated that would be a quick buck...
        But I guess they are trying to make a quick buck of DLC's considering how they're just plain weird...

      • Titan-CC

        These companies aren't running a scam of any sort. Don't forget that they are people too, and for many developers, this is their only scource of income. Pocket God has sold well, but sales are dwindling and the developers (2 guys) need some way of bringing in funds so they can continue to develope more quality apps while still supporting old ones. Pocket God has had more developer support over a very long period of time than almost any other app, those developers should be glorified, not criticized.
        Besides, if people are stupid enough to spend their money it's their own fault. The developers list what the content has, so if you don't think it's worth it...don't buy it!
        Ok that was my say on the matter...

      • MidianGTX

        I don't blame them for trying to make money, but let's face it... you're really not getting much bang for your buck with this DLC. Pocket God is an app for the younger crowd, do parents really want their kids spending their pocket money on micro-transactions?

    • http://www.tbenjaminlarsen.com T. Benjamin Larsen

      Jeez. Bolt have delivered an incredible amount of content-rich updates for free, give the guys a break. As a developer I'm constantly amazed at their willingness to keep adding to an app that pretty much delivered what it promised in version 1.0.

      I'm personally not a huge fan off skinning etc. but that simply means I won't be buying the DLC stuff, it's not like it's required or anything...

  • 1337brian

    While I don't play it very much, I have seen this game start out all you could do is flick the pygmies into a volcano or drown them, now a almost a year later it's turned into so much more and is many games in one! Dave is one of the most dedicated game designers for the iPhone period. If all developers put in as much effort as Dave, the app store would be amazing....

  • 1337brian

    While I don't play it very much, I have seen this game start out all you could do is flick the pygmies into a volcano or drown them, now a almost a year later it's turned into so much more and is many games in one! Dave is one of the most dedicated game designers for the iPhone period. If all developers put in as much effort as Dave, the app store would be amazing....

  • araczynski

    i got this app a while back, but haven't figured out if there's any way to play the past episodes i may have missed??

    • broad

      They're all included in every update (they don't take away past episodes, they just keep building up the game with more features)

  • araczynski

    i got this app a while back, but haven't figured out if there's any way to play the past episodes i may have missed??

    • broad

      They're all included in every update (they don't take away past episodes, they just keep building up the game with more features)

  • Cause007

    I started P.G. on Ep. 8 and have gotten more than my money's worth, so being able to give back to the developers after so many updates is very satisfying (by purchasing the skin pack).

    The Ghost Pygmies are really cool, BTW, with several new ways of torturing Pygmies.

  • Cause007

    I started P.G. on Ep. 8 and have gotten more than my money's worth, so being able to give back to the developers after so many updates is very satisfying (by purchasing the skin pack).

    The Ghost Pygmies are really cool, BTW, with several new ways of torturing Pygmies.

  • Chris

    I have a question, if i buy the pack on one of my ipods will i be able to download it on my other 2 ipods for free or no?

    • http://www.myspace.com exile

      @Chris

      Probably so, if they are all connected to the same iTunes account.

  • Chris

    I have a question, if i buy the pack on one of my ipods will i be able to download it on my other 2 ipods for free or no?

    • http://www.myspace.com exile

      @Chris

      Probably so, if they are all connected to the same iTunes account.

  • eggzbacon

    That customization looks really cool. I like that dinosaur :)

  • eggzbacon

    That customization looks really cool. I like that dinosaur :)

  • Skey

    Allan and Dave did a great work with all those free Updates. The game is really pollished and you can see the love they spent while creating every Update. I'm really considering in buying the DLC just to support them.

  • Skey

    Allan and Dave did a great work with all those free Updates. The game is really pollished and you can see the love they spent while creating every Update. I'm really considering in buying the DLC just to support them.

  • jaizzer

    This update is good for those of you on the 3.0 update, what about those of us still on 2.21? I purchased the game fron the first update, now it would seem that I cant update anymore unless I upgrade to 3.0???

    That sucks, I like this game but will not upgrade just to play this update, it should still be compatable for those of us on 2.21!!

    • http://www.strangeflavour.com Zwilnik

      2.2.1 is a very outdated version of the OS now. You don't lose anything by future Pocket God updates being for 3.0 only, you've still got the current version of the app and the 20+ updates that have already been done for it.

      Upgrading to 3.1 is only $4.95 if you're on an iPod Touch (free if you're on an iPhone) and more and more apps are going to require it.

    • TKO

      Are you seriously whining about this because you've decided to stay on an old version of the OS? This isn't a full episode, and they haven't stopped making episodes. This is skins and accessories for the dinosaur. Gameplay is unaffected. ..do you really think they've not given you value for money for Pocket God yet?

      Apple have added in-game purchases in 3.0, and these guys have decided to leverage that for a bit of extra income for anyone who wants some trivial accessories for the T-rex, or just wants to give them more money in support. If you don't get 3.x, there's going to be some extras on the store you're going to miss out on. Deal with it.

  • jaizzer

    This update is good for those of you on the 3.0 update, what about those of us still on 2.21? I purchased the game fron the first update, now it would seem that I cant update anymore unless I upgrade to 3.0???

    That sucks, I like this game but will not upgrade just to play this update, it should still be compatable for those of us on 2.21!!

    • http://www.strangeflavour.com Zwilnik

      2.2.1 is a very outdated version of the OS now. You don't lose anything by future Pocket God updates being for 3.0 only, you've still got the current version of the app and the 20+ updates that have already been done for it.

      Upgrading to 3.1 is only $4.95 if you're on an iPod Touch (free if you're on an iPhone) and more and more apps are going to require it.

    • TKO

      Are you seriously whining about this because you've decided to stay on an old version of the OS? This isn't a full episode, and they haven't stopped making episodes. This is skins and accessories for the dinosaur. Gameplay is unaffected. ..do you really think they've not given you value for money for Pocket God yet?

      Apple have added in-game purchases in 3.0, and these guys have decided to leverage that for a bit of extra income for anyone who wants some trivial accessories for the T-rex, or just wants to give them more money in support. If you don't get 3.x, there's going to be some extras on the store you're going to miss out on. Deal with it.

  • jaizzer

    Deal with it. I did deal with 3.0 and hated it so downgraded to 2.21 and there I shall stay and I am not whining so shut up!

    • Kam

      you are an idiot, how can you "hate" 3.0? it does nothing but add more features to your standard OS. you must be the dumbest person i have ever known. stop whining just because you are retarded.

      retard

      • menom

        hey Kam - give jaizzer a break

        just because he like outdated software doesn't make him a retard

        (well okay that whole "I'm sticking with MS-DOS thank you very much" was a bit embarassing but...)

  • jaizzer

    Deal with it. I did deal with 3.0 and hated it so downgraded to 2.21 and there I shall stay and I am not whining so shut up!

    • Kam

      you are an idiot, how can you "hate" 3.0? it does nothing but add more features to your standard OS. you must be the dumbest person i have ever known. stop whining just because you are retarded.

      retard

      • menom

        hey Kam - give jaizzer a break

        just because he like outdated software doesn't make him a retard

        (well okay that whole "I'm sticking with MS-DOS thank you very much" was a bit embarassing but...)

  • ray

    I must be the only person that doesn't like this. I tried it out a while back--while it was fun for a few minutes, it got old extremely fast, IMO. I stuck through a few updates, and they did nothing for me. Heh.

  • ray

    I must be the only person that doesn't like this. I tried it out a while back--while it was fun for a few minutes, it got old extremely fast, IMO. I stuck through a few updates, and they did nothing for me. Heh.

  • jaizzer

    Ok 1, I aint a retard,
    2 Im female
    3 Im entitled to my opinion so dont flame me for stating it
    4 If all you can do is call ppl names go take a running jump!

    I came here to speak about the game. Outdated software, 2,21 is far superior to 3.0 having tried it for 2 weeks having crappiest battery life, constant crashing etc. 3.0 is so buggy and is not worth the time of day, SO I have tried and didnt like it. Its pretty childish and pathetic when all u can do is insult ppl for their point of view. ALSO i only posted here because its for my young daughter who loves this game and is very disappointed not get this new update. I am very disappointed in the response in this forum and shall waste anymore of my time replying to IDIOTS!

    • simpsonfreak

      You can all have your opinions, but if you upgrade to 3.x software and you don't like it, go to Apple's customer service, and tell them, and they will do their best to fix it. The longer you don't upgrade, the more you'll miss out on. I hear after the spider update there will be an ice island and three episodes on that, all in 3.x. Say what you will about 2.x, but it's becoming outdated.

    • Vingdoloras

      Are you really calling those people names because they called you names? Don't you see how senseless all this flaming is?

      @Others: Stop calling her names for using an old OS

      @jaizzer again: The new OS, 3.1, removed lots of pretty annoying bugs. There are also lots of features in 3.0/3.1 you can deactivate to reduce battery drain. Just download it and get along with it. If you find bugs you totally cant get along with, call Apple's customer service, they will try to fix it with the next update.

  • jaizzer

    Ok 1, I aint a retard,
    2 Im female
    3 Im entitled to my opinion so dont flame me for stating it
    4 If all you can do is call ppl names go take a running jump!

    I came here to speak about the game. Outdated software, 2,21 is far superior to 3.0 having tried it for 2 weeks having crappiest battery life, constant crashing etc. 3.0 is so buggy and is not worth the time of day, SO I have tried and didnt like it. Its pretty childish and pathetic when all u can do is insult ppl for their point of view. ALSO i only posted here because its for my young daughter who loves this game and is very disappointed not get this new update. I am very disappointed in the response in this forum and shall waste anymore of my time replying to IDIOTS!

    • simpsonfreak

      You can all have your opinions, but if you upgrade to 3.x software and you don't like it, go to Apple's customer service, and tell them, and they will do their best to fix it. The longer you don't upgrade, the more you'll miss out on. I hear after the spider update there will be an ice island and three episodes on that, all in 3.x. Say what you will about 2.x, but it's becoming outdated.

    • Vingdoloras

      Are you really calling those people names because they called you names? Don't you see how senseless all this flaming is?

      @Others: Stop calling her names for using an old OS

      @jaizzer again: The new OS, 3.1, removed lots of pretty annoying bugs. There are also lots of features in 3.0/3.1 you can deactivate to reduce battery drain. Just download it and get along with it. If you find bugs you totally cant get along with, call Apple's customer service, they will try to fix it with the next update.

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