iQi Weekly Round-Up
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8th January 2011
Ben Turley’s highly Qi rated Rhyme Time taps into the comprehensive RhymeZone database, allowing anyone suffering from writer’s block to conjure up a couplet in seconds. You can seek rhymes in much the same way as dictionary entries, with results listed by syllable count for the preservation of particular metres, schemes, or rhythms. The suggestions are displayed in either bold, normal, or light shading, in direct correlation to their frequency of usage.
Majic Jingle Software’s side-scrolling sequel packs in 36 fresh helicopter hovering missions amid a deliciously drawn, re-engineered 3D gaming environment. Chopper 2 has been discounted and updated, newly integrated Game Center leaderboards expanding your competitive horizons and permitting you to sync your campaign progress across devices. Gyroscope support improves your chances of destroying enemy tanks across the Desert, Snow, Forest, and City.
Along with a host of other indie studios, Semi Secret Software donated a third of all revenue from Canabalt over the festive period to the Child’s Play charity. It seems only fitting that the maker of the freerunning platformer rewards these indirect donors - aka App Store customers - with a refresh, including upgrades to the visuals for Retina display devices. Owners of iPhone 4 also benefit from an improved framerate, ensuring that the gameplay zips along at breakneck speed.
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
While three of 2010’s App Store heavyweights Real Racing 2, Infinity Blade, and N.O.V.A. 2 dominate the upper reaches of the Qi recent releases chart, a horrifying presence in the Top 5 is music to the ears of publisher Somethin’ Else.
Papa Sangre was memorably labelled the “video game with no video”, yet that’s proven little obstacle to its sonic boom up the leaderboard, even if the dark palace of the Papa frightens the living daylights out of Qi’s master.
Transferring onto iPhone from the famed Flash universe, however, hasn’t petrified Armor Games’s puzzle platformer Shift!2 in the slightest, as the heroine of the piece gathers up plenty of praise and keys on her monochrome travels.
The successor to the widely respected Shift raced onto the Qi hit parade this week, all the while evading spikes, purgatory, and other nasty objects.
120 levels of perspective flipping action should satisfy even the most seasoned puzzling fiend, particularly when you consider 148Apps’s following words:
“Shift!2 makes things even more perilous by adding blocks that automatically shift you in 90 degree angles, and of course requires you to think in four directions on many levels to get to the end.”
Another physics based puzzler has been tearing up the Qi dancefloor over the last seven days in the delectable form of Save Toshi, whose hotstepping antics have attracted favourable comment from professional judges.
Nitako’s eponymous and endangered star must rediscover her dancing shoes by negotiating an intricate path to the nearby disco decking, which is where you come in.
The water that surrounds the young female is the dreaded enemy, as you fire off balls left, right, and centre to break and manipulate the scenery around Toshi without dropping her into the sink.
Pocket Gamer came away duly impressed by Save Toshi’s playful level design, which throws up “rotating platforms, giant man-shaped objects and Indiana Jones-style rolling balls employed. Sometimes, you even get to fire Toshi into the air by dropping a large weight on the other end of a lever.”