The Blimp Pilots, makers of the popular iPhone/ iPod Touch apps Koi Pond and Distant Shore (links will open iTunes) are our featured developers this week. Be sure to check out their apps (both priced at $0.99), read our Distant Shore Review, and drop by their website.
"Walked out this morning, don't believe what I saw Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore Seems I'm not alone at being alone Hundred billion castaways, looking for a home I'll send an s.o.s. to the world... I hope that someone gets my... Message in a bottle, yeah." - Sting and The Police
Makers of the top paid application of 2008, Koi Pond, The Blimp Pilots have again unleashed upon the world an experience that is hard to classify. Distant Shore allows users to walk along sandy beaches, collect shells, and communicate with those beyond the horizon.
My first message in a bottle.
Based upon the mercy of the user and his/her own viewpoint. Experience will vary from message to message.
Tap your way along the beach. Collect 5 shells to obtain a bottle. Write a message and toss it into the sea. Replies will be received via mail turtle.
In the End:
I am intrigued. Distant Shore is a modern day experiment in communication. The app weighs its entire experience upon users across the globe. The messages that are received and sent could contain almost anything from questions to statements to random thoughts. One will never know what message lies inside the virtual bottle. I will note that The Blimp Pilots have set up a system to report offensive messages. The subjective nature of what is offensive and what is not will surely keep the developer busy policing bottles. In the end, the longevity of Distant Shore will be based upon its users and the messages that they send. A curiosity at $0.99, the price of admission is low enough to recommend engaging in this social experiment.
– DEFCON Score-
Not perfect but highly recommended
– Level of Impact –
Low: Little to no impact. Game is good for pickup and play.