With only one more sleep until Qi’s favourite day, it appears as though the App Store’s chasing pack won’t catch EA’s criminally cheap racer and prevent it from claiming that coveted Xmas #1 spot.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit was just one of many from Electronic Arts’s vast, vast iOS catalogue to receive the promotional price treatment last week, but, unlike a host of its stablemates, it hasn’t crashed and burned today.
The most recent addition to the evergreen driving franchise screamed onto Apple’s digital circuit a month ago, and has maintained its impressive download speed via a humongous overnight update.
In addition to playing a scum-chasing rozzer, you can now role reverse and zip along in a Lambo Reventon as the hardened crook on the run for crimes too scandalous to mention.
FIFA 11 proved a notable exception to the EA Crimbo hangover, as it cemented its Top 5 position in the league standings thanks to a plethora of gloriously despatched free kicks in Retina display stadia.
Oh, and that 59p boot deal.
Elsewhere on the UK rundown this morning, an old children’s book favourite re-enters the elite paid-for fray, even if his precise whereabouts remain a Hollywood mystery to Qi.
The latest in the Where’s Wally? iPhone collection had been spotted entering the charts ten days ago, his progress since then difficult to monitor among the crowded film sets.
Fortunately for the publisher Ludia, enough punters searched for and found its bespectacled hero over the past seven days, ensuring a bronze medal finish at Christmas.
Will Wally be able to hang onto both his hat AND App Store berth in 2011, or can the like of NaturalMotion’s Jenga topple the competition?
Tune in next year to find out.
The official Top 10 UK Paid Apps chart (24 December 2010) is looking as follows: