26th May 2012
The team behind chart-topping physics-puzzler Where's My Water? has just unleashed a torrent of new levels for iOS app owners to splash about in. The Lost Levels! update brings 20 classic levels from the free version of Where's My Water? to this Qi Top 5 premium app. Plus, Disney has set aside a whole chapter for this new batch of aqua-soaked challenges, with the intention of adding more "lost" levels in the future.
Futuristic scavenging sim Gene Effect is now prettier than ever, thanks to a bevy of newly added visual upgrades. The latest update to Lightstorm3D's already-handsome side-scroller includes additional colour grading effects, improved bloom, extra brightness controls, and a swanky music-powered plasma effect to the in-game Jukebox. The log also reveals an impressive list of fixes, including framerate optimisations, sound effect corrections, and typo edits.
Activision has revealed plans to establish a new UK studio dedicated to mobile games. The publishing powerhouse, responsible for highly Qi rated hits like Skylanders Cloud Patrol and Call of Duty: Zombies, told Develop it is "investing in mobile studio initiatives and that includes a UK studio". Its decision to establish a new studio on UK soil is seen as something of a victory for trade association TIGA, which believes that its vocal support of tax breaks for the gaming industry played a part in the proceedings.
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Noteworthy changes to the iPhone Quality Index charts
Rocketing into the top of the iPhone Qi net this week is First Touch's football nostalgia game Score! Classic Goals.
As the incredibly literal title implies, the game reproduces a selection of the most significant - or simply downright gorgeous - goals in the history of international football.
First, you play through the setup to the goal, tracing the intended path of the ball with your finger. Then, when it's time to put it away, just recreate the ball's original arc and watch as destiny takes its course.
Accuracy is key, so you'll have to make sure you mirror the real-world goal perfectly if you want all three stars in your trophy cabinet.
The folks over at 148Apps were cheering on Score! Classic Goals from the touchline, deeming it "a very responsive and very enjoyable experience".
Making maths fun further down this week's Top 10 is the number puzzler Oh! Cube.
Drawing inspiration from Nintendo's Picross series, this block-based head scratcher brings nonograms into the third dimension, with addictive - but challenging - results.
You must reveal the hidden object by using numbers on the exterior of the 3D grid to determine which blocks to destroy.
By working out how many strings of consecutive 'object' blocks are in a particular row or column, you can gradually eliminate the non-essential cubes and reveal oddities like a right-angled bunny or an isometric fish.
Gamezebo's reviewer heartily recommends Oh! Cube's brand of brain-taxing fun, pointing out that whatever issues you might encounter with the steep difficulty curve, "they're worth getting over".
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to carve myself an isometric swan.