iQi Weekly Round-Up
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2nd October 2010
Renderpaz’s racing-cum-shooting-cum-skimming Zombie Highway game careered onto the iPhone a month ago. Now offering the ability to listen to music from the inbuilt iPod along the deserted route, Zombie Highway can be played to the accompaniment of Meatloaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell’ or other suitably inspiring works. More importantly, perhaps, three new weapons, two additional modes, and a number of gameplay refinements have been included in the latest version.
For reasons not made altogether clear, titles from many of the Quality index’s highest rated publishers are now on sale across the planet. Among the beneficiaries are LucasArts’s The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge, PopCap’s Peggle, Gamevil’s Zenonia, Gameloft’s Zombie Infection, and id Software’s Doom II RPG.
One of Apple’s in-house programs, the free app Remote, has been updated, primarily for iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, and the new Apple TV. Remote allows iPhone owners to control iTunes and Apple TV over their wi-fi network, so if a Justin Bieber track ‘accidentally’ came on, you could skip the nauseating youngster from right under the bath taps. The latest version of Remote is optimised for the Retina displays of iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G, and packs support for Shared Libraries on iTunes and Apple TV.
FIFA 11 is Electronic Arts’s third instalment on iPhone of the monster console franchise. Featuring over 500 international and club teams, plus a number of gameplay enhancements, including 360-degree player movement and gesture-driven skill moves, FIFA 11 offers would-be Wayne Rooneys plenty of depth. FIFA 11 also takes advantage of the high resolution iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G's displays, making Titus Bramble’s inevitable mistakes even clearer on screen.
If you don’t already know, Qi trawls the print and online media for game and app reviews from respected sources like Macworld, TiPb, 148Apps, and GameSpot. A unique Qi formula is then applied to each site and publication to establish a definitive Qi score for the app or game. Top 5 recommendation lists, news round-ups, and regular industry analysis complement the dynamic Qi charts. Qi has its own Twitter feed, too, @qualityindex.
Notable changes to the Quality Index charts
To quote the late Prime Minister Harold Wilson, a week is a long time on the Qi recent releases chart.
Whilst no fewer than three of the Top 5 are brand new entries on the App Store, one fresh release currently stands aloft, proud to be a geek...a time geek, in fact.
Barcelona-based Ivanovich Games employs ‘80s style pixel-art graphics to good effect in its hidden object title Time Geeks: Find All!, but will its 100+ challenges, six modes, and Game Center integration prove sufficient to ward off the Qi competition?
In Slide to Play’s opinion, Time Geeks: Find All! might just stand a chance, since it offers “well-crafted levels with replay value...and geek culture in a fun package.”
The second highest new entry on the Top 10 Qi rated games chart of the last month comes courtesy of one-man iOS band Matt Rix, whose blend of puzzles, line drawing, and Canadian provinces has bought an express ticket to the #2 spot.
And speaking of buying, Rix’s Trainyard Express won’t actually cost you a butterbean - considering there are over 60 original levels available, you may wish to jump aboard as soon as possible.
148Apps’s Chris Hall equates Trainyard Express to “doing a Sudoku puzzle, which for some (including myself) is the perfect way to spend a bit of free time.”