When I was younger, I distinctly remember wanting a PC virtual pet called “Dogz,” where you’d get to play with a dog on your computer screen. I never did get it, but the point is that there is part of me that understands wanting a virtual pond like the kind found in the free Pocket Pond iPhone app.
I get the appeal; it’s difficult to own your own pond and sometimes you just want to watch fish swim. That said, even for a free app about a pond, Pocket Pond is very boring.
To be fair, Pocket Pond is the free version of the iFish Pond, where you can apparently catch the fish in your virtual pond, which actually seems weird because it’s not like you have walleye or bass swimming around there, but I digress.
Pocket Pond’s free status means you’re only allowed to splash the pond water a bit and release some lily pads and dragonflies into the one pond provided. You can also opt to start a thunderstorm, which means it rains in the pond and there are thunder sound effects. The pond is the size of your screen, and the few fish that swim in it, colorful as they are, are not altogether interesting.
There’s just nothing worth seeing here. If you desperately want a small pond on your iPhone, this seems like it could be as good as any other pond, but there are far more exciting ways to drain your battery.