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19th May 2012

Card game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer gets Honor Pool, 28 day timer, and more

The latest update to the award-winning card game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer delivers a host of new features to the popular iOS app. Firstly, Playdek has made taking your turn even easier with the 'Next Game' button, which allows you to flick between online matches. You can also keep track of how long you've been building your deck with the new 28 day online timer.

Tower defence title Monster Wars gets new items, levels, and more

Strategy genre mash-up Monster Wars has been crammed full of new features, courtesy of a hefty new App Store update. The process of customising your monsters just became even more involved, thanks to the addition of 11 new Tier 4 armour sets, specifically tailored to help you lay waste to waves of virtuous heroes. There is also a brand-new level which pits you against the nauseatingly handsome Pegasus Unicorn.

Space Invaders-inspired blaster Super Crossfire HD reduced to 69p/99c

Neon-coloured shooter Super Crossfire HD has been reduced to 69p / 99c on the App Store. This fast-paced sci-fi romp clearly takes its lead from arcade classic Space Invaders, but adds an ingeniously simple mechanic to bring another dimension to the gameplay. You see, instead of having your bullet-spraying spacecraft permanently anchored to the bottom of the screen, a quick tap of your finger warps the ship to the top of the play area.

Latest update to Pimp Your Screen adds new icons, shelves, and Home screens

Popular customisation tool Pimp Your Screen now offers even more ways to give your iOS device that personal touch, thanks to its latest App Store update. A regular feature on the Top 10 UK paid apps chart, the skinning software provides a range of visual augmentations, which users can then combine to create their own unique interface. If you have already exhausted the existing archive, you'll be pleased to read that Apalon has just added a host of new skins.

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Noteworthy changes to the iPhone Quality Index charts

Sweeping onto the iPhone Qi chart this week with the stiff breeze at its back is Frontier's whimsical platformer LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias.

As in the original game, you manipulate the wind to guide Toku and his curious hairdo through perilous environments in search of his missing mother.

In an interesting new twist to these elemental antics, though, you can now switch between seasons, swapping summer's warmth for winter's chill at your whim.

You can employ this trick to help you solve puzzles, such as freezing water to smash though obstacles.

The folks over at 148Apps were completely - ahem - blown away by LostWinds 2, describing it as "a thoroughly enthralling and totally gorgeous adventure".

Meanwhile, grinding triumphantly into the Top 10 comes the skateboarding rhythm-action mash-up Penny Time.

Essentially a rhythm game with a platforming slant, you must swipe the screen in time to the music in order to get your skateboard-riding avatar to the end of the level.

Rather conveniently, your skateboard has the ability to freeze time, which means you'll be able to ollie and powerslide your way past time-locked obstacles in bold defiance of several natural laws.

Each level has three sections, meaning you'll be dividing your time between accruing points, increasing your multiplier, and deciding whether to bank your earnings or carry them over for greater gains - and potential losses.

Pleased to discover a licensed game that didn't completely suck, AppSpy's reviewer enjoyed Penny Time's "solid sense of charm, style and fun".

In for a Penny,...

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