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28th May 2011

Order iPhones and iMacs through free Apple Store app

As and when Apple launches its next-generation mobile, you will be able to purchase it directly from your existing iOS device via the recently updated Apple Store application. Originally limited to the US market, Apple Store for iPhone is now available worldwide, allowing customers to research, buy, and reserve products from one single point. Users may also book Genius Bar and One to One appointment through the Apple Store utility.

Armor Games bombards Siege Hero with update

Siege Hero is Armor Games’s latest entry onto the iPhone battleground, in which you assume the role of a crack Commander charged with demolishing hostage-holding castles. Reminiscent of Crush the Castle in its trajectory-based gameplay, Siege Hero has been updated with two extra levels in the Treasure Map mode. In addition, a couple of Siege Hero’s bugs have been ironed out, while in-game stats are now more easily accessible.

Nike+ GPS iPhone running app reduced to free

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of its Nike+ technology, the sportswear giant has reduced the price of its Nike+ GPS iPhone application to zilch and updated it. Using the handset’s inbuilt accelerometer and GPS chip, Nike+ users could already map their road runs, record their pace, and upload jogs to the Nikeplus.com website. After this latest refresh, you can control whether incoming calls pause your workout and challenge friends to a new Nike+ Tag Game.

Update to First Touch Soccer finds back of the net

To cement its position at the top of the footballing table, First Touch Soccer has visited the team physio, doctor, and coach over the past 10 days, and the net result looks good. For starters, you may now proudly lead your Dream Team out in multiplayer mode, whether over Bluetooth or wi-fi. The goalkeeping standards have also risen in version 1.1 of First Touch Soccer, probably due to those training sessions with Heurelho Gomes. Or perhaps not.

Follow the Quality Index on Twitter

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

No sign of Mila Kunis or Angelina Jolie this week, but plenty of wannabe David 'Tinker' Juarezs prepared to polish their virtual mid-range frames and take to the skies...for a few seconds.

Elephant gliding and boomeranging onto Qi’s playground (and the UK hit parade) as the top dog today comes Touchgrind BMX, Illusion Labs’s spiritual successor to skateboarding simulation Touchgrind.

A trio of spectacular assessments from around the iPhone universe have propelled this on-rails trickster up the global rankings, leaving all of its wheelie-popping rivals trailing in its wake.

AppSpy contends that you’ll be performing insane bike stunts almost immediately, for “getting used to the two-finger control system doesn’t take a lot of time as the top finger steers the bike while the rear provides power, making it a snap to get around.”

Prequels in the movie business make a disturbing habit of ruining a franchise’s reputation (yes, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace and Hannibal Rising, we’re thinking of you).

Fortunately for Japanese publisher Square Enix, iPhone games that prefigure a later work don’t follow the same torturous rulebook, as the refined, exploratory, and engaging RPG Chaos Rings Omega ably demonstrates.

In a story set 10,000 years before the events of Chaos Rings - one of Qi’s Top 10 picks of 2010 - you reprise the role of the (quite considerably more) youthful Veig and compete in a series of life-or-death skirmishes at the Arc Arena tournament.

After it famously obtained the trademark for the term ‘tower defense’ in June 2008, Com2uS is now on a mission to produce the definitive entry in this popular genre.

With its 40 campaign maps, nine unique strongholds, and five alien landscapes, Tower Defense: Lost Earth may well have delivered on the Korean game maker’s promise.

Defence seemingly proving the best form of attack.

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