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4th June 2011

Instagram photo-sharing service snaps up 4.25 million users

After receiving a facelift back in March, Burbn’s lifestyle-chronicling app now houses an interactive comment screen, a double-tap to like mode, and an autocomplete function for usernames. All three of these facilities aim to save Instagram’s 4.25 million registered users valuable time for further snapping and editing. And with 10 user photos being posted per second via Instagram’s service, it’s no wonder every moment saved counts.


Flick Kick Football series scores 1 million downloads

In just shy of a year, 1 million downloads of the New Zealand-based PikPok’s Flick Kick Football squad have curled their way into customers’ hands across iPhone (and Android). This total includes sales of Flick Kick Chelsea, one of Qi’s Top 10 iPhone games of April 2011 and a licensed spin-off for fans of the Stamford Bridge club.


Freemium MMORPG Pockets Legends updated with tough guy content

In the latest update to its free-to-play MMORPG (Massively Mulitplayer Online Role-Playing Game) Pocket Legends, Spacetime Studios has introduced a whole new series of quests in the Forest Haven campaign for players to tackle. Furthermore, new multi-stage boss fights have been arranged, while the developer has toughened up many of the existing end-of-level baddies.


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Who knew that five-and-dimes even existed up on the Hollywood Hills and among the Melrose District mansions? You live and learn, live and learn...

Heading off to Tinseltown and into the #4 position on this week’s Quality Index chart is the female checkout star of G5’s time management game Supermarket Mania 2, which has scanned a trio of rave reviews through its tills.

Nikki and her three convenience store cohorts have been summoned by Uncle Ross to turn around the fortunes of his troubled supermarket chain, whilst fending off the vengeful deeds of chief competitor Mr Torg.

With its predecessor recently finding itself a spot on our Top 5 business management sim shelf, Supermarket Mania 2 demonstrates similar professional acumen and nous across 80 levels of frenetic milkshake-mixing, inventory-checking, and staff-recruiting.

G5 Entertainment’s stock has never been higher on iPhone, with TouchMyApps, for instance, observing of Supermarket Mania 2: “Everything is extremely well animated, and the color palette is bright and cheerful and makes things easily discernable from each other.”

With iOS gaming continuing to evolve and excite at a frightening rate, it wouldn’t be remiss to say that the touchscreen could eventually prove mightier than the control pad.

Launching Pad Games’s side-scrolling, finger flicking arcader Mighty Fin provides further proof of this potential sea change, as the eponymous fish leaps merrily over obstacles and swims stealthily past sharks.

You guide your underwater voyager through golden isles, backwater bays, and arctic ice caves by tapping on the face of the iPhone, releasing your digits to send him shooting into the air.

Grab trails of bubbles en route to rack up the high scores and dress Fin up in outlandish costumes for your own amusement in a title Slide to Play describes as “a very polished one-button game that's sure to give you at least an hour or two of fun before you'll want to get out of the ocean.”

Be careful, though, else you’ll soon be swimming with the fishies...

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