30th October 2010
Chillingo’s twin-stick blaster Minigore pits our shapeshifting hero John Gore against hundreds of menacing furballs in the Hardland wilderness. Well, lo and behold, John’s cavalry has arrived in the unholy form of Jenny - or, more precisely, Undead Jenny Gore - to wreak additional havoc on the furries. The Halloween-infused update to Minigore also delivers Game Center support, an improved scoring system with multipliers, and a brand new Inferno mode.
The maker of the highly Qi rated frag-fest, Villain, has released a substantial update to Archetype and reduced its price to 59p / 99c / €0.79. Archetype now features Game Center support, an unlockable Story mode, and an in-app expansion pack adding the Capture the Flag mission. Archetype’s battlefield has also been expanded to the tune of six new levels, effectively doubling the amount of content in the game.
To underline the increasing importance of the iPhone line to the Mac maker’s business, during the last quarter $8.8 billion (of the company’s $20.3 billion overall revenue) was generated by the 14.1 million sales of Apple’s smartphone. At 43 per cent of the company’s takings and growing more than 90 per cent year-on-year, the iPhone division is by some distance now the biggest driver - in terms of hardware and software - in Apple’s ongoing success.
PopCap has slashed the price of its seminal tower defence title Plants vs Zombies to 59p / 99c / €0.79 in view of everyone’s favourite spooky pagan festival. Performing the role of the eponymous flora, you must provide a bulwark against the onrushing corpses, and preclude their entering your home at all costs. Sunflowers, cacti, and walnuts serve as your weapons in this desperate war on the flesh-eating hordes.
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.
Notable changes to the Quality Index charts
Unfortunately for the sword-wielding Daisuke and the slash ‘em up’s developer, Samurai II: Vengeance was unable to resist the incredibly stiff App Store competition for too long.
After overcoming his arch-nemesis Orochi across far-flung lands, the heroic star of Madfinger Games’s manga-styled action adventure will now look to exact revenge on two fresh opponents in the shape of Cut the Rope and Linkoidz.
The latter shot straight in at #1 this week on the Qi recent games releases chart, Retro Dreamer’s novel take on the match-three genre successfully marrying high-speed gameplay with an unexpected degree of strategy.
AppSpy was positively gushing in its praise for Linkoidz, declaring it “a rare gem that gets better over time and if you're after a new arcade-puzzler this is definitely a no-brainer purchase.”
UK mobile games publisher Chillingo, meanwhile, has been in the news of late, having been acquired by Electronic Arts on October 20th in a deal worth a rumoured $20 million.
The newest game off Chillingo’s seemingly endless conveyor belt, WackyLands Boss, only emerged through the App Store’s gates on Wednesday, yet has already stomped, punched, and kicked its way onto the Qi Top 10.
Arguably the highest profile iOS game release of the week, Galaxy on Fire 2 soared onto the upper stratosphere of the Qi charts off the back of five glowing reports.
Fishlabs’s epic space shooter-cum-RPG stars the returning mercenary Keith T. Maxwell in his quest to bring unity, peace, and romance to a volatile galaxy...far, far away.
Graphics-wise, Galaxy on Fire 2 blasts its predecessor, and indeed most of its highly Qi rated competition, out of the sky, a point elaborated on in TouchGen’s critique:
“Never has space looked so beautiful, especially on the Retina display...here we have giant planets and detailed orbiting space stations, surrounded by bright and colourful nebulas.”
Makes Qi wanna go outside and fire up the shuttle.