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22nd January 2011

Rimelands maker hammers out new content on iPhone

Step into the size 3 shoes of heroic treasure hunter Rose Cristo, as the young adventuress unravels a puzzling and sinister plot. If Rimelands’s life expectancy of ten hours held no fears for you intrepid crawlers, the publisher has increased its longevity via an update. Alongside the gameplay extensions, which include additional levels, foes, and bosses, Crescent Moon Games has sprinkled some fairy dust over the artwork with optimal viewing on Retina displays.

Apple celebrates 10 billion downloads on App Store

Apple is celebrating an upcoming landmark for the App Store by offering a $10,000 gift voucher to the lucky downloader of the 10 billionth app from its marketplace. To give some indication as to the rate of App Store purchasing, Apple passed the 1 billion milestone in April 2009, a full nine months after opening. Fast forward one year, and that figure had risen to 4 billion, with the magic 5 billion barrier breached in June 2010.

Apple reports highest revenue and earnings ever...again

Apple has released its first quarter FY11 financial figures, for the three months ending December 25th, 2010. The Cupertino-based company posted record revenue of $26.74 billion and net quarterly profit of $6 billion. During the financial results conference call, Apple's CFO Peter Oppenheimer confirmed sales of 160 million iOS devices to date, including the 16.24 million iPhones, 7.33 million iPads, and 19.45 million iPods shipped this quarter.

Pay for your Starbucks with iPhone Card Mobile app

Starbucks drip brewed its iPhone Card Mobile app in a top secret location before serving it onto the App Store tray in late 2009. Unfortunately for many of Starbucks’s US regulars, the mobile payment part of the software was limited to stores in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Well, all American Starbuckers may now rejoice, for the clever dick scanning tech powering the scheme has been rolled out to branches nationwide.

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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

Whilst the terrific trio at the top of the recent releases chart put the sophomore slump notion resolutely to bed, a Samurai wielding bounder is making steady progress all of his own.

Springing up the Qi ladder this week to the #9 rung comes Backflip Studios’s swanky follow-up to its wildly successful and fast-paced NinJump, which leapt onto the iOS scene in August 2010.

By adopting the old adage of ‘if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it’, NinJump Deluxe’s tried and tested formula of perpetual climbing and awesome bonuses has seen the skipping shaolin vault over a number of rivals once again.

This time around, though, your fleet of foot shinobi must contend with more dangerous enemies, including witch doctors, snakes, beetles, and hornets, in his mission to reach the elusive summit.

New pirate and jungle backdrops bring welcome variety to NinJump Deluxe’s frenzied tapping, while 148Apps updates us on its social networking status: “NinJump Deluxe includes Game Center integration for leaderboards...You can also share your scores via Facebook, Twitter, or email.”

Yet ANOTHER sequel to a universally lauded App Store title has taken huge strides up the Qi listings, as Revolution’s point-and-click successor to the highly rated Broken Sword: Director’s Cut engrossed all manner of iPhone judges.

Journalist Nico Collard and her companion George return to our touchscreens in Broken Sword -the Smoking Mirror: Remastered, whereupon they stumble across an ancient artefact that inevitably proves more trouble than it’s worth.

Gorgeous hand-drawn graphics allied to a mysterious plotline and sweat-inducing puzzles have resulted in Nico’s latest adventure obtaining a Top 10 berth along its terrifying travels.

AppGamer reflected on The Smoking Mirror’s virtues in its perfect 10 appraisal, suggesting that it will “last you hours, having all the playability of a full-priced PC game. It is the kind of game that could convert people who wouldn't look twice at adventure games.”

Mirror, mirror on Qi’s wall...Yep, Real Racing 2.

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