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20th November 2010

Street Fighter IV welcomes new challengers to the fray

Ryu, Guile, and co. have been joined on Street Fighter IV by two new challengers in the intimidating shapes of Sagat and Dee Jay as part of a free update. Also included in the latest version are Game Center integration, classic Street Fighter II BGM as DLC, and a brand-new gameplay mode entitled Arcade Wait. The last-named feature rather excitingly notifies you during a single-player session of nearby brawlers up for some Bluetooth one-on-one fisticuffs.

Share music with updated Bump app for iPhone

Bump allows iPhone owners to swap contact details, social networking profiles, photos, and calendar entries with each other by knocking iOS handsets together. Bump Technologies has now gone one step further with its latest update for the popular business card tool, encouraging users to exchange music freely. A YouTube URL for streaming the ‘bumped’ song is shared, alongside an iTunes preview and a link to purchase from Apple’s digital storefront.

Digital Chocolate racks up 80 million downloads

While Digital Chocolate has recorded over 80 million downloads of its games on iPhone and Android, two of the studio’s latest releases on iOS MMA Pro Fighter and Millionaire City demonstrate its innovative approach to social gaming. By linking this pair of titles into their Facebook counterparts, Digital Chocolate is paving the way for profitable cross-platform gaming, with MMA Pro Fighter already enjoying strong demand from the iPhone and social networking crowds.

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
accelerates onto iPhone

Electronic Arts’s Need for Speed Shift recently featured on Qi’s Top 5 driving sims rundown, racing onto the front row of our illustrious grid. Its successor on iPhone, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, invites you to play the role of Lamborghini Reventon-driving good guy in a classic cops and robbers tale. To bring these hardened speeding criminals to justice over 24 career events, you are tooled up to the nines with roadblocks, EMPs, and spike strips.

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Notable changes to the Quality Index charts

So, the dream is over for the developer of match-three puzzle title Linkoidz, as a raft of new and re-releases rocket past the Spaceman-With-No-Name on the Qi recent games rundown.

Driving straight (and true) onto the Qi links as the #1 ranked game this week, Noodlecake’s highly addictive Stick Golf prioritises platforming and physics prowess over putting precision.

NoDPad summed up Stick Golf’s appeal perfectly like any well-trained PGA commentator should, describing the title as “incredibly simple, insanely easy to play, and yet excruciatingly difficult to master.”

Gunning Noodlecake’s chipping maestro down at a furious rate comes Cave’s latest bullet hell extravaganza Mushy - sorry, Muhsihi - sorry, Mushihimesama Bug Panic (phew, got there in the end).

The reigning king of the shmup genre has unleashed another sure-fire hit, which, despite only smashing onto iPhone a couple of days ago, already has Qi’s top spot firmly in its sights.

Overflowing with Mushihimesama praise, Slide to Play listed not one, but six positive features for Cave’s panicky twin-stick shooter: “Extremely polished gameplay; hugely challenging; fantastic music; fun boss fights; creative control scheme; lots of levels and bonus modes.”

Sharing more than just a prized berth on Qi’s Top 10 leaderboard with Cave’s abovementioned shoot-‘em-up, Chaotic Box’s Silverfish likewise invites you to weave a path through swarms of menacing insects.

Multipliers, leaderboards, achievements, AND a thumping soundtrack represent sufficient reasons to replay this game over and over, which, according to Pocket Gamer, is something you may have to - ahem - quickly get accustomed to:

“A game in any of the three modes won't last longer than a few seconds... If you're the kind who likes to take Red Bull intravenously, then Silverfish is the perfect playground to get those fingers twitching.”

Just so you know, Qi is very trigger happy.

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