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What kind of god would you be? Benevolent or vengeful? Play Pocket God and discover the answer within yourself.
Bolt Creative

Pocket God is a smash-hit app and god game for the iPod Touch/iPhone. The app was created by Dave Castelnuovo and Allan Dye, of Bolt Creative, a San Francisco-based developer. In Pocket God, you play as a god who has control over a race of islanders called "Pygmies". You can reward them with gifts or kill them. There can be up to six pygmies at a time and if killed, you can bring them back. You also have control over other things as well, such as animals and the weather. The app is constantly updating and has had forty-seven episodes released so far. Plenty more are to come.

The app has recieved a comic book adaptation, which has been well received.

It has received a sequel/spin-off known as "Pocket God: Journey To Uranus".


This game provides examples of:

  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: In the Battle of the Gods mini-game, there are situations where if you kill the AI but they would get a healing power-up at the end of the turn, they'll survive despite technically having 0 HP. Word of advice: don't assume that strategy will work for you.
  • Cruel Player-Character God: There are twelve gifts and ninety-nine sacrifices. The game encourages you to torture the Pygmies for your own amusement.
  • Darker and Edgier: Later updates seem to make the sacrifices more violent and nightmarish.
  • Death Mountain: Ape Mountain. Fitting, considering the location's features are all about sacrificing Pygmies to a giant ape. It is also the first area to not feature any water.
  • Death Is Cheap: There are only six Pygmies, and you can bring them back once they've died.
  • Downloadable Content: The game has a DLC store, which has various customisation packs. Most of them are skin packs.
  • Dream Land: The Island of Misfit Crossovers. To access it for the first time, you have to tap the dream bubble above a sleeping Pygmy.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: To reiterate, when this app was first released, all you could do was pick the Pygmies up and throw them around, and that's it.
  • Easter Egg: Three of them:
    • Hold a meteor in front of the sun to cause an eclipse. This can protect the vampire Pygmy when the sun is out.
    • Tapping the Sand Island statue threes times in succession cause it to vapourise all Pygmies and says: "You know you like Pocket God."
    • After cooking a Pygmy over the fire on Rock Island, drop it in the ice hole on Ice Island to create a geyser which sends icicles showering down on Pygmies below.
  • Eenie, Meenie, Miny Moai: There used to be a Moai statue on Sand Island, but it was replaced with a statue of a fictional octopus god.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The giant demon in the background of the Lava Tube.
  • Electric Jellyfish: Found in the Coral Reef, they can electrocute Pygmies and also suffocate them when worn as helmets.
  • Endless Game: The Ooga Jump, Pain Drain, The Runs, Konkey Dong, Moron Pests and Dance Dance Execution minigames all keep going until you die.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: There is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. A boss battle.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: You can create double rainbows. See Shout-Out.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: You can bury Pygmies in a grave which turns them into zombies on Graveyard Island. They then walk about and bite other Pygmies, turning them to zombies as well.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Facehugger jellyfish reproduce like this in "Call of Booty."
  • Gasshole: One of the idle animations has the Pygmy fart. And then there's the "Fart Dance"...