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16th April 2011

Flick Golf! drives up the UK App Store charts

Flick Golf!’s caddy – sorry, publisher – decided to hold a Masters promotion (which is ongoing, incidentally), reducing the price of its highly Qi rated finger-jerking game to 59p. Lo and behold, the App Store galleries took the bait and swung their clubs in the collective direction of Flick Golf! So many so, in fact, that the recently updated Flick Golf! has stormed up the UK Paid Apps chart to #1.

Namco's match-three Puzzle Quest 2 updated with multiplayer

Cast as a barbarian, sorcerer, templar, or assassin, your mission in Puzzle Quest 2 is to match at least three gems in order to gain mana, action points, or to damage the enemy. Thanks to popular demand, Namco has upped the Puzzle Quest 2 ante by introducing online (via Game Center) and local multiplayer into the bargain. Retina display support has also been included as part of the much anticipated update.

Warner Bros casts a price reduction spell on Harry Potter titles

To coincide with the DVD release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Warner Bros has very kindly slashed the price of its iPhone Hogwarts tie-ins, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Harry Potter: Spells. A much requested update to the former, remedying a D-pad control issue, improved the experience tenfold, while the latter transforms your mobile into a powerful wand via some clever voodoo / hocus pocus.

Game Center update docks on Harbor Master for iPhone

Deriving inspiration from Firemint’s genre-defining Flight Control, Imangi Studios’s Harbor Master introduced iPhone players to the chaotic world of marina management and racked up sales aplenty. And Harbor Master enthusiasts will be popping champagne bottles in their droves, for the publisher has now incorporated Game Center into proceedings, including 38 achievements and leaderboards.

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The chances of my winning the Lottery tonight are approximately 1 in 14 million. The odds on one of the most decorated indie PC hits of all-time stinking up the iPhone garden were considerably shorter...

Oozing serenely onto Qi’s (and the UK App Store’s) chart this week in the #1 spot comes World of Goo, a trio of superlative critiques contributing to its table-topping feats.

2D Boy’s much anticipated puzzler challenges your bridge, zeppelin, and tongue (!) construction capabilities to ensure a requisite number of the malleable globules reach the pipe, aka the exit.

The Sign Painter predicted a warm reception from across the iOS universe last Tuesday, and AppSpy duly obliged, noting that “should you get bored with the campaign you can try your hand at being ranked globally by building a tower-of-babel with the Goos you have emancipated.”

Blending elements of a first-person shooter with role-playing motifs isn’t a unique proposition - even on Apple’s smartphone - but Banshee Soft has raised the bar with Mission Europa in one crucial way: vastness.

A grand total of 170 missions spread over 50 levels should keep gamers off the streets for a month or so, though the incredible range of weaponry, skills, and spells to hand may leave you shooting unwanted bullets in your sleep.

Even your combat style can be perfectly tailored in Mission Europa, a point reinforced by TouchGen: “If you want to be a melee brawler using passive skills to enhance your chances in the close encounters that is fine. If you rather want to focus on utilizing magic to fry, freeze, and blast the opponents that is up to you.”

And now for something completely different, as aideMMedia invites you to join them for a point-and-click adventure set in an underground world populated by highly intelligent burrowing mammals. Yes, it’s true, it’s true.

Blind, at least initially, to the subterfuge rife throughout the City of Secrets, Rex the dog and Mr Moles the, errr, mole gradually uncover the truth, but only after solving a mountain of clues.

Mountain...molehill. Geddit? Aww, forget about it.

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