15th October 2011
With Paperless: Lists + Checklists installed on your iPhone, you can create to-do lists, formulate shopping lists, whip up notes for a presentation, and manage them all on the go using, among other things, fun sticker icons. Paperless Lists + Checklists’s killer feature, however, is baked-in Dropbox integration, which was recently incorporated into the app alongside item count badges and a choice of font sizes.
Miniclip has treated Fragger-esque puzzler Monster Island to a rather substantial update, which adds 63 new levels to an already packed game. That means there are now 252 levels and four different worlds for you to blast through. The additions don't stop there, though, as the Monster Island refresh also delivers six brand-new characters. A 'limited-time' in-game store sale allows you to grab the game's monsters at 50 percent off their normal asking price.
The biggest new addition in Apple's iOS 5 is Notification Center, which groups together your text messages, game pop-ups, Twitter mentions, and Facebook tags into one big hub. iOS 5 also comes with Apple's iCloud, a service that wirelessly backs up and syncs your contacts, calendars, music, documents, and apps across your iOS devices. For fans of big-screen gaming, AirPlay Mirroring invites you to stream content from your iPhone 4S to a HD television set via Apple TV.
Get Set Games ran a competition between September 28th and October 3rd to determine the planet’s finest Mega Jump player. As it transpired, 21-year-old Swiss gamer Philipp Schneckenburger posted the highest Mega Jump score in that allotted time. Schneckenburger’s name will now appear in the 2012 Gamer’s Edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, a series with which iPhone manufacturer Apple itself is particularly familiar.
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
Devouring almost every iPhone rival in its path on the Qi leaderboard this week is Adult Swim’s Monsters Ate My Condo, a delicious block-matching puzzler which has already established a more-than sturdy Qi rating.
The Atlanta-based studio teamed up with a veteran of finger-flicking touchscreen nonsense PikPok to bring this crazy, quirky, colourful time killer into existence, whose longevity is extended by the inclusion of OpenFeint and Game Center support.
To both satiate the ravenous beasts’ appetite and prevent your high rise from collapsing, you have to swipe the cascading coloured floors away from your Jenga-esque tower. And ruddy quickly.
In terms of perfectly-pitched descriptions for a title’s gameplay, Hypership Out of Control could definitely give Cut the Rope, Slice It!, and Tilt to Live a run for their proverbial money at the top of the obvious tree.
In Fun Infused Games’s incredibly busy shoot-‘em-up, your piddling excuse for a spacecraft has a couple of rather major mechanical faults: the accelerator pedal is stuck to the floor and the brakes have malfunctioned. Drats.
TouchGen survived long enough in Hypership’s perilous asteroid-packed environs to type out an instructive review: “There are a lot of cool game modes to choose from, but all are about avoiding death. I prefer the hardcore mode with only one life to complete the ten waves.”
What do you get if you blend traditional role-playing game elements with epic underwater boss battles, an intuitive fling mechanic, and an army of ten-armed cephalopods? A right royal mess, some would argue.
Creator of Squids The Game Bakers and a trio of iPhone game reviewers would beg to differ, mind, since Steev, Vahine, and the remaining members of their mollusc platoon have (jet) propelled themselves up into 6th position on the Qi chart.
Squids in, eh? Yeah, I know.