Koi Pond

Jonathan Seff, Macworld
17 July, 2011
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Koi Pond

Link to: Koi Pond


The Blimp Pilots


Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later

Age Rating:  4+


Available on the App Store Buy
App Guide

Why is The Blimp Pilots‘ creation of the Koi Pond so popular? Perhaps it’s because there’s too much stress in our lives, and Koi Pond does its best to combat the headaches by combining the soothing sounds of nature with the peaceful tranquility of fish.

The app offers a realistic depiction of a pond with koi swimming around, casting shadows and changing course as real fish would. But it’s also interactive. Tapping the screen causes ripples in the water—complete with splash sound effects—that scatter fish and send lily pads shimmering (tap with headphones on and you’ll even hear the sound come out of the correct ear depending on where you tap). Tap the screen and leave your finger in place, and the fish will approach your finger as if it were a cloud of phytoplankton (the iPhone vibrates when the fish ‘nibble’ on you).

To that you can add soothing, accurate background sounds for birds, water, frogs and bugs (layer as many as you want), plus the app offers you some control over the colour scheme, brightness and number of fish and lily pads. Shaking your iPhone even ‘feeds’ the fish, depositing tasty morsels in the water that the koi eat (with an accompanying splash).

Ripples: Tapping the screen causes a splash that startles the fish beneath.

Many iPhone users have already given Koi Pond a try. If you’re not one of them, and if you’re looking for a distraction from the day, your $1 spent on Koi Pond won’t be wasted. It’s relaxing, somewhat addictive and most of all, beautifully designed.

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