iQi Weekly Round-Up
This week's top stories...
16th July 2010
There are plenty of action-based vampire games but developer Ratloop and publisher Clickgamer have done something different with their new game Helsing's Fire. It's a sequence-based puzzler in which you have to place a torch in a dungeon full of nasty creatures, and then use sidekick Raffton's coloured tonics to destroy said nasties in the correct order. What makes it tricky is you can only destroy creatures that are illuminated by the light of the torch and which are the same colour as the tonic you're using.
The App Store is celebrating its second birthday, and as such Apple has organised a promotion which involves the gifting of apps from one friend to another. It's hard to believe that, when it launched two years ago, the App Store would be as monolithic a force in the mobile gaming industry as it currently is.
French studio Godzilab did that sneaky thing many developers do when launching an online iPhone game and only released StarDunk in Canada to test it worked properly. Now however, the testing is over and the whole world can see what they think about the game that's a mixture of space basketball in a massively multiplayer environment. Simple and addictive gameplay is promised and you can unlock 15 balls with different attributes to further vary the action.
The original Build-a-lot was a well received iPhone casual building sim, and Glu Mobile has today released Build-a-Lot 2: Town of the Year on to the App Store. The game is available now for the iPhone, priced £2.99 / $4.99 / €3.99.
The Star Wars license has an extraodinary amount of staying power, and as such LucasArts and its mobile licensee THQ Wireless have seen fit to put a Star Wars skin on another popular genre. Star Wars: Battle For Hoth has been released onto the App Store, and is available right now for £1.79 / $2.99 / €2.39.
Notable changes to the Quality Index charts
The reigning all-time greatest game, Meteor Blitz, has finally been toppled by Besiegement, but with only 2 reviews, it may not be too long before Meteor Blitz is crowned the king once more.
Super QuickHook is now the ruler of the recent releases chart, and Pix'n Love Rush has moved up one place to second.
World Cup fever seems to have swept the top paid App charts, with Flick Kick Football taking the top spot for the time being.
The official Top Paid Apps chart is as follows:
1. Flick Kick Football
2. Angry Birds
3. Doodle Jump
4. WhatsApp Messenger
5. Doodle God
8. Battery Doctor Pro
9. Fruit Ninja