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69/100 pictures of the BAEne of my existence, christopher robert evans.

Guys, let me talk to you about my new favorite game.

I recently found out about a free game/app called “Real Whales” and downloading it has been one of the best decisions I ever made.

“I came out of the ocean because you need to download this game.”

In the game, you go out on whale-watching tours and take pictures. That’s it. That’s literally it. You choose the tour you want to go on, and once you’re there, you swipe left or right to look for whales or dolphins to photograph. When you see one, tap once to zoom in on them, tap again to take a picture. 

There’s no music, but if you play the game with the sound on, occasionally you’ll hear the boat captain call out the location of an animal. You’ll also hear whales blowing or slapping the water. 

Or sometimes you’ll hear a colossal crash and realize you just missed a full-body breach.

Only one tour is unlocked at the start, but when you take pictures of cetaceans, you earn points that can be used to unlock the rest. The number of points you get for each shot takes several things into consideration, such as the timing of the shot and the “rarity” of the behavior. The scoring is really generous, too, so you should be able to unlock another tour after only a few outings.

Sometimes the whales are really on the move, so it can be tricky to get the perfect shot lined up before they disappear back into the water, but there’s no need to stress about running out of time. The only limiting factor to your tour is how many pictures you’ve taken; once you snap 12 shots, the tour ends. Which means you can absolutely go on a tour and spend an hour just smiling at the screen and watching whales be whales. 

Yes, that is the voice of experience speaking. I’ve gotten into the habit of going on a whale-watching tour before bed, and it really helps me settle in for the night.

At the end of the tour, you can go through all the photos you took and choose ones to save to your album, which you can then view at any time. (All of the screenshots on this post are some of my best photos.) There’s also a Gallery feature, where you can move around a model of each species you’ve photographed, read some quick facts, and even play a recording of their sounds!

Even on my Galaxy Mini, the graphics are gorgeous and the animations are super-smooth. I can’t even imagine how incredible it would be to play this game on a tablet or a phone with a bigger screen.

In short, this game is amazing. There’s no interrupting ads (just a small bar at the top which is easy enough to ignore), the graphics are awesome, and did I mention that it’s free and has whales? Because it’s free and has whales. 

So what are you waiting for? Give “Real whales” a try! I can’t imagine why you would regret it!


Comparing Christine wardrobes:

Elisabeth Berg, original Stockholm production (left) and Emmi Christensson, current Stockholm production (right)