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11th December 2010

Queen's Crown continues to turn heads on iPhone

In the role-playing game Queen's Crown, you play as Ann, a princess of Scarbelhold, who after having her family's castle invaded by a group of evil villains must flee her life of pampered luxury. Rather predictably, she decides to fight back and sets off on a quest to regain her kingdom. Having four different weapons and six magic skills to choose from help vary up the combat, and a gem-based levelling up system allows you to strengthen your armoury.


Kosmo Spin lands on the App Store

The first iOS effort by Swedish based developer Simogo, Kosmo Spin quite literally revolves around an alien hero, who must recover breakfast items that have been scattered across a planet’s surface. Added spice comes in the form of an extraterrestrial being that hovers above you in a spacecraft menacingly. The game boasts both quest and endless modes, as well as online leaderboards and Game Center achievements.


Infinity Blade casts a powerful spell over iPhone

ChAIR finally unsheathed its epic adventure Infinity Blade to a blazing hot critical reception. Powered by state-of-the-art Unreal Engine 3 technology, the sexy slasher pushes the boundaries of iPhone gaming to the very limits, flaunting gorgeous visuals and immersive swipe-based combat in a gloriously rendered 3D castle environment. ChAIR promises a batch of new areas to conquer soon, alongside a multiplayer mode, and a heap of fresh collectables.


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Notable changes to the Quality Index charts

In the wake of Monster Feed’s and LEGO Harry Potter’s phenomenal Qi success, another iPhone game capable of casting devastating spells over the App Store competition has finally emerged from ChAIR’s cauldron.

There’s no doubt whatsoever that Infinity Blade was the most eagerly anticipated title of 2010, and judging by the early critical assessments on Qi, ChAIR’s epic slasher has definitely lived up to the incredible hype.

As the sword-wielding, treasure-hunting, vengeance-seeking lone knight, you must journey to the Dark Citadel, vanquish the tyrannical God King, and retain the coveted #1 spot on the Qi rundown.

But not necessarily in that order.

Infinity Blade’s beauty must be beheld to be believed, a point picked up on by TouchGen: “The quality of graphics, sound, art, and combat is easily the finest on the iOS platform so far. It’s not better by a little bit, it’s better by a lot.”

And completing a deadly duo of RPG titles levelling up onto the Qi recent releases chart over these past seven days comes Gameloft’s sequel to the critically acclaimed atmospheric action hit Dungeon Hunter.

Tougher enemies, harder quests, and more gargantuan realms in Dungeon Hunter 2 stand in the way of your immortal hero fulfilling his destiny and defending the wartorn Gothicus.

AppSpy’s reviewer elected to highlight this open world extravaganza’s positives in bite sized snippets, ranging from “deep action-RPG gameplay” to “multiple specializations” and a “lengthy campaign; shareable via local and online co-op.”

Go forth a conqueror and win great victories! Or something like that.

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