You don’t really do much in Sandcastles, but that’s exactly the point. Described as an “activity” by its artful creator Vectorpark, you drag your finger upwards and, as if by magic, sandcastles sprout up from the sand.
Play around a little and you’ll discover that you can mould different types of sandcastle, and cram several onto the screen at once; but they never last. The sea rolls in and they sink gently into bright blue oblivion.
You can hold your finger down on your creations to keep them from disappearing, but you’ll never be able to save them. They all get washed away eventually.
With its calming ocean sounds and satisfying interactions, is this a left-field kind of mindfulness app? Is it a work of interactive art about creation and the ephemeral? Perhaps it’s an odd little plaything that will simply distract you for a few moments on the train or on the sofa. It’s all of these things, really.
Vectorpark is known for its beautiful and intriguing apps, and you can find the equally lovely Feed The Head, Metamorphabet and Windosill elsewhere on the App Store. Sandcastles is among the simplest of Vectorpark’s creations, but it is perfectly formed in its own weird, minimal way.