23rd June 2012
Visually arresting air combat sim Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy is flying high in the download charts again, thanks to the game's latest feature-packed update. Pilots yearning for fresh reasons to climb into the cockpit will be delighted to discover a series of new challenges waiting to be tackled, plus an all-new game mode called Last Stand.
Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II has just received its first App Store price reduction, meaning you can now get to grips with the super-charged sequel for £2.99 / $4.99. Following on from the first episode, this retro-inspired sequel is all about recapturing the glory of Sonic's prestigious past. From a gameplay perspective, this means taking things back to basics: traditional side-scrolling action, with a strong emphasis on speed.
Cloud storage service Dropbox now boasts some useful new options to help you back up your mobile media while you're out and about. Instead of manually selecting files and uploading them in batches, Dropbox users can opt to automatically upload any pictures or videos captured on their mobile device. Then, once you've beamed your media files to the cloud, you can easily browse your uploaded content via the new Gallery view.
Good news for magic-loving muggles: both instalments of the LEGO Harry Potter game series have been reduced to £1.99 / $2.99 for a limited time. Both games feature the kind of light-hearted platform fun that LEGO fans have come to expect, and include hundreds of beloved characters, stacks of collectibles, and a healthy collection of leaderboards to tackle.
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.
Noteworthy changes to the iPhone Quality Index charts
Streaking silently across the rooftops and into this week's iPhone Qi Top 10 is oriental endless-runner GoNinja.
Before your master died, he left you with a momentous task to complete: defeat the demon army responsible for his demise and avenge his death.
The problem is, there are 50,000 possessed samurai between you and spiritual equilibrium. The solution: draw your katana, start sprinting, and don't stop till you're the last ninja standing.
Luckily, there are a host of lethal special abilities to help you on your quest, and even the option to smash through walls and catch your foes unawares.
The folks over at TouchMyApps thought GoNinja deserved an honourable mention, deeming it a "solid example of what the genre is all about".
Coming in for a landing further down the iPhone Qi chart runway is airport sim Pocket Planes.
Having already conquered the world of tower building, dev NimbleBit looked to the skies for inspiration for its next pixel-art adventure.
As the owner of your very own airport in Pocket Planes, you must build a fleet of airbuses capable of ferrying passengers and cargo around the globe.
Though the overall objective is simply to keep your planes flying and your money flowing, critics are finding these simple mechanics are more than enough to keep them glued to their iOS devices.
As Pocket Gamer's reviewer warns, Pocket Planes "sucks you into its simple routines and refuses to let go".
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