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iQi Weekly Round-Up

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18th September 2010

Monkey Island 2 sets sail for App Store domination

LucasArts originally released the point-and-click adventure title Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge on Amiga back in the early ‘90s. Almost 20 years later in July 2010, the same publisher launched a Special Edition version for iPhone. The game’s story centres on Guybrush Threepwood, a plucky wannabe pirate seeking both a mysterious treasure and the love of an old flame.

Time Crisis 2nd Strike comes to iPhone

The classic on-rails shooter series Time Crisis is back on iPhone with Time Crisis 2nd Strike. You take on the role of Giorgio Bruno as he ducks and shoots his way through a ten stage Episode mode. While movement is taken care of automatically, the real challenge comes from taking out enemies within the sometimes wickedly strict time limit.

Linkin Park takes its Revenge on iPhone

Timed to coincide with the release of the US band’s fourth studio album, A Thousand Suns, Linkin Park Revenge features ten of its signature nu-metal tracks, including ‘Numb’ and ‘One Step Closer’, in addition to four songs off the new LP. In an identical way to all previous Tap Tap games, Linkin Park Revenge invites players to rhythmically and accurately tap in time to the music.

Slice It! cuts a swath through the App Store

Lauded for its arcade baseball title Homerun Battle 3D, Korean developer Com2uS released Slice It! onto the App Store on August 31st and since then it’s been slashing its way merrily up Apple’s charts in the UK. This devilishly simple game requires you to slice different shapes and figures into perfect halves, thirds, or eighths. 60 stages of seductive slicing are offered for the time being, though Com2uS promises more levels in the future via App Store updates.

Notable changes to the Quality Index charts

Epic adventure title Rimelands: Hammer of Thor is unquestionably the biggest mover on the Qi recent releases chart, rising inexorably to the #4 position.

Released a fortnight ago by Crescent Moon Games, this full-fledged role-playing game places you in control of young treasure hunter Rose Cristo exploring the fantastical Rimelands world.

Seen through 148Apps’s critical eyes, Rimelands: Hammer of Thor contains "a good story...good characters, good combat, good level designs, and good graphics.”

Who thought trading amphibians would prove so popular? NimbleBit’s Pocket Frogs has leapt straight onto the Top 10 Qi rated games chart of the last month, earning the following praise from Slide to Play’s Tim Rattray:

Pocket Frogs certainly holds its own against FarmVille and Ngmoco’s We Farm and We Rule, and it's also far more creative.”

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