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12th March 2011

iFooty Plus introduces up-to-date videos on iPhone

Thanks to an update to iFooty Plus, iPhone owners of a Premiership persuasion can watch Ashley Cole’s ONFIELD antics for two weeks gratis via an up-to-the-hour video service. iFooty Plus’s library currently houses more than 16,000 video clips, and covers leagues and competitions from across the footballing planet. Furthermore, all lists in iFooty Plus now support pull-to-refresh and the delay on the push notification Goal Alerts has been thankfully reduced.

Zombie Farm cultivates 11 million downloads on iPhone

One year on from harvesting on the App Store, Zombie Farm has cultivated over 11 million downloads. Playforge’s freemium title has rewarded customers with a feast of updates and fresh gameplay, and that commitment to extra content has resulted in above-average ‘stickiness’ levels. According to analytics house Flurry, Zombie Farm has proven to be twice as addictive as the industry norm, with players logging in 3.6 times per day compared to the 1.8 benchmark.

Handful of new features in Twitter update on iPhone

To make everyone’s life on Twitter even better, the microblogging site has rolled out a number of improvements to its iPhone app. A Quick Bar displays developing trends at the top of the timeline. Photo uploading has been simplified, with a dedicated camera button residing in the toolbar, while the automatic shortening of URLs is invaluable. An autocomplete function and a redesigned ‘new Tweet’ box help speed up the message entering process.

Quit smoking with Nicorette ActiveStop app

To wean iPhone puffers off their cigarettes, nicotine expert Nicorette has developed a free application. Nicorette ActiveStop contains a personalised support programme, which monitors your progress against set goals, whilst rating your mood and cravings in the battle to quit. Measure the money you’re saving in not popping to the offie for a crafty pack over time via graphs, and distract yourself further by playing some in-app puzzle games.

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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.

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Feeling the heat a little from the latest quirky management sim off Kairosoft's conveyor belt and EA's fiery baller NBA Jam, Tiny Wings must also look to the heavens for a new contender...

Dodging and weaving its way onto Qi’s Top 10 games runway this week soars Sky Combat, a beautifully designed vertical shooter from prolific iPhone publisher Chillingo.

Take down the enemy in a trio of craft - comprising an Apache chopper, a battle boat, and an armoured tank - and deploy tilt and touch mechanics to manoeuvre yourself through the inevitable bulletstorm.

The three difficulty tiers, Game Center integration, subtle particle effects, and intricately detailed vistas have helped Sky Combat amass a fusillade of fabulous debriefings.

Slide to Play recognises that even if after completing the ‘regular’ campaign, “you can take the helicopter through an endless mode, which we thought was a great addition.”

Before downloading Infinight onto your iPhone, it’s worth investing in a pair of night vision goggles. Trust Qi, you’ll thank us in the end...if you ever get there.

50 levels of suspense and mystery lie ahead for your nervous heroine, as she navigates through pitch black environments to the exit and a guaranteed appointment with a cardiologist / therapist.

With lightning flashes along the way and echoes reverberating off the various death traps, you’re not left completely alone in the dark during LambdaMu’s high scoring narrative.

In Eurogamer’s unashamedly spooked opinion, “Infinight is actually quite an unsettling little bugger. Its simple top-down aesthetic belies the intensity of having to perpetually tread the finest of lines between escape and torment.”

Ahhh, those fond Crystal Maze memories...

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