14th January 2012
NimbleBit's build-'em-up Tiny Tower now attracts more than 1 million daily active users and over 10 million play sessions each day on iOS, according to its developer NimbleBit. This freemium hit, which Apple recently named one of its top iPhone picks of 2011, proved popular with critics upon its release. These latest activity figures for Tiny Tower, from the Twitter account of NimbleBit co-founder Ian Marsh, suggest that the title is proving increasingly popular with customers, too.
2D Boy's World of Goo - which recently finished third in our Top 10 games rundown of 2011 - has clocked up more than 1 million App Store downloads, according to figures published on the developer's blog. The milestone figure takes into account sales of the iPhone version, the Universal edition, and World of Goo purchases from the Mac App Store. The Universal app accounts for 69 percent of those downloads and 79 percent of App Store revenue.
Different Pixel's highly Qi rated puzzler Vizati is currently free to download. In this game, you use touchscreen gestures to rotate, flip, and shake a magical cube in order to connect coloured blocks, a.k.a. 'vizati'. With exactly 100 levels, Game Center support, and some rather lovely serene music, Vizati is a complete puzzle package.
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Proving that gamers have room in their hearts for more than one cartoon hedgehog, Crazy Hedgy rolls into today's #5 spot.
Taking its cue from physics-puzzlers like Super Monkey Ball, the game requires you to tilt your iPhone in order to guide Hedgy around a woodland full of caustic creatures and terrible traps.
Crazy Hedge boasts over 35 levels of tilt-tastic action, a flexible upgrade system, and a quirky sense of humour, resonating with critics and gamers alike. Indeed, 148Apps claims that "it may be the best platformer of 2011".
Arranging itself neatly into the 8th position, meanwhile, is word-making puzzler Scramble With Friends.
From the developer behind Words With Friends, Zynga's latest alphabetical app draws inspiration from the classic tabletop game Boggle.
You are presented with a 4x4 grid of lettered tiles, then tasked with using adjacent tiles to form words. In multiplayer mode, the combatant with the highest score after three rounds is the winner.
Slide To Play has only positive things to say about Scramble With Friends, stating: "The biggest problem with this game is the amount of time you will lose playing it."