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4th December 2010

Tapulous branches out with Zoo Rescue for iPhone

Acquired by Disney back in June for an estimated $30 million, Tapulous has decided to diversify and release a non-Tap Tap branded title Zoo Rescue. Featuring 20 levels of cliff climbing helicopter action, Zoo Rescue requires some precise tilting and tapping to winch a variety of animals from the to safety. Hurricanes, limited fuel supplies, and physics conspire to make life difficult for your air rescue team, who can collect coins, health, and petrol during the salvage missions.

Pocket Frogs attracting 350,000 daily users

Nimblebit’s freemium title Pocket Frogs leapt onto iPhone a few months ago, inviting players to trade their customised amphibians. After bounding through the 2 million download barrier in little over a month, the pond-based breeding game is now attracting 350,000 daily users, with 16.5 million consumables bought via in-app purchases. The two-man indie team behind Pocket Frogs has also revealed that its gorgeous real-time title has raised $3,230 for the AmphibianRescue.org charity.

David Guetta samples life on the App Store

ElectroBeats by David Guetta affords would-be hit makers the opportunity to create impressive-sounding beats from a wide range of samples and drum patterns straight on their iDevice. Sixteen pads and five different modes combine for a true workflow experience, while tracks composed in the app can be saved and shared using iTunes. And if any of your compositions require further fine-tuning, the multitrack export feature ensures a smooth transition to the likes of Logic, ProTools, and Cubase.

Scarlett and The Spark of Life brings the tap back

With the golden years of point and click long gone, one of the last rays of hope for the genre is the App Store. The latest attempt to re-invigorate the point and click (or tap) adventure is iPhone title Scarlett and the Spark of Life. Playing as the titular Scarlett, you must fight, escape, and ride through an alpine village where deceit and mystery loom large. The game seems to have a sense of humour, and with its cast of odd characters would appear to warrant a second instalment.

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Notable changes to the Quality Index charts

Within hours of release on the App Store last Friday, Origin8’s follow up to the well-received Sentinel 2: Earth Defense held a lofty position on Qi, thanks in no small part to the game’s immediacy, intensity, and depth.

In spite of OpenFeint and Game Center support fortifying Sentinel 3: Homeworld’s case, its undoubted beauty wasn’t quite enough to ward off tenacious competition from Stick Golf and a newcomer to the App Store realm.

Practically overnight, prolific iPhone publisher Com2uS has seized the Qi recent releases throne with Queen’s Crown, a role-playing adventure set in the chaotic and under threat Scarbelhold Kingdom.

Princess Ann shines as the titular heir, embarking on a magical journey to slay an ancient evil and assume her rightful place on the Qi Top 10 rundown, and - oh, yeah - at the head of the monarchy.

Packed full of bosses, upgrades, and the all important dungeons, Queen’s Crown earns some rather unique experience points for the sympathetic portrayal of the Grim Reaper, who guides the fearless Ann along her captivating path.

Comprehensively won over by the Princess’s charms, NoDPad gushed forth: “Queen’s Crown is responsive and polished, attractive and fun, with a good story, endearing characters, and a really excellent combat system.”

And ‘tis the season to be thaumaturgic (of course!), since following on from LEGO Harry Potter’s success last week and Princess Ann’s heroism above, another iPhone game has cast a spell over the iPhone reviewing elite.

Trying to prevent the assortment of spiders, ghosts, and slimebags from munching on your delicate animal pals in Monster Feed is no mean feat, though invoking the gnasher hound at regular intervals won’t harm your trials.

Haste is at the heart of Day Go By Entertainment’s mesmeric action, according to 148Apps, which proclaims that “what Monster Feed does different than the rest of the genre is add some needed tempo, forcing you to stay alert rather than doze off between waves 14 and 25.”


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