So, once the dust had settled on the semi-shocking announcement that Apple head honcho Steve jobs was handing over the company reins to second-in-command Tim Cook, the iTunes universe quietly slipped back into routine.
WhatsApp Messenger couldn’t, after all, complete a 5,634th week at the top of the UK paid-for apps chart, usurped, as it has been, by none other than The Rocky Horror Show’s Richard O’Brien.
Yes, it’s true, it’s true. The creative mind behind one of the world’s most enduring musicals has crept furtively up the downloads ladder in his role as the host / frontman of Dynamo Games’s The Crystal Maze.
For those under the age of 30 and not born in Blighty, The Crystal Maze was a ‘90s adventure game show on Channel 4, presented - at least in the beginning - by the aforementioned bald genius (and his Mumsie).
So, why precisely has the iPhone adaptation of The Crystal Maze suddenly zoomed into the #1 spot, eh?
Well, that’ll be because of one bleedin’ enormous update on August 24th, which introduced four new mini-puzzles and streamlined the gameplay.
Dynamo Games wasn’t alone in generating renewed interest in one of its iOS properties following a refresh, for version 1.6.0 of Angry Birds Seasons has swooped out of nowhere into 6th position this afternoon.
Rovio’s flock of affronted avians have flown over to China to join in the nation’s mid-autumn Mooncake Festival celebrations, and have taken the get-out-of-jail Mighty Eagle card along with them for his maiden seasonal outing.
Elsewhere on the Top 10, Aussie publisher Halfbrick has not one but two reasons to celebrate, begging the question, “Does a pair of Halfbricks equal one Fullbrick?”
Don’t answer that.
Can Jetpack Joyride’s Barry Steakfries and Fruit Ninja’s, err, ninja tag up to topple The Crystal Maze over the forthcoming days, or will Mr O’Brien & co. survive their series of chops, slashes, lasers, and bubbles?
Tune in next Friday to find out.
The official Top 10 UK Paid Apps chart (2 September 2011) is looking as follows: