11th September 2010
Game Center is Apple’s integrated social gaming and multiplayer network, which helps you find your friends and use auto-match to compete against comparably skilled opponents. In addition, the Game Centre service tracks your in-game achievements and allows you to compare high scores. iPhone game developers are encouraged to incorporate Game Centre into their titles, and some (including Firemint, Namco, and Pangea) have already taken advantage.
Described by Macworld as possessing ‘unique gameplay...perfectly suited to the device’, Flight Control for iPhone has racked up sales of 3 million since touching down on the App Store runway. Flight Control’s Australian developer Firemint, famed for the boundary-breaking Real Racing, is also delighted to reveal that nearly 2.5 billion planes and choppers have been safely guided onto its Cloudcell community airstrips.
Unashamed best friend of the pub quiz team, Shazam Encore has received an update, taking advantage of iOS 4’s multitasking functionality and iPhone 4’s Retina display, among other things. For those unfamiliar with Shazam, this popular music identification service utilises the iPhone’s built-in microphone to tag a record being played nearby and relay album / art info.
The first official NASA app has touched down on the App Store, offering iPhone owners more than just a peek into the great unknown. Accurate, up-to-date space mission content is made available at the swipe of a touchscreen, including spectacular imagery, video footage, countdown clocks, and Twitter news updates.
Notable changes to the Quality Index charts
Mirror’s Edge by Electronic Arts was undoubtedy the most hyped and anticipated iPhone game release this week.
Unspecified delays had prevented the parkour themed action game meeting its original delivery time.
Racing up Qi’s recent releases top 10 proved straightforward enough for EA’s freerunning Faith, whose adventures, say AppGamer.net, come “at you in a 2.5D environment rather than flat 3D. Combat...helps ensure Mirror’s Edge stands out among the other run and jump games on the App Store.”
Speaking of which, NinJump, BackFlip’s follow-up to the 22-million-seller Paper Toss, continues to climb and jump its way towards the Top 5 Qi rated game of the last month.