23rd June 2012
Visually arresting air combat sim Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy is flying high in the download charts again, thanks to the game's latest feature-packed update. Pilots yearning for fresh reasons to climb into the cockpit will be delighted to discover a series of new challenges waiting to be tackled, plus an all-new game mode called Last Stand.
Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode II has just received its first App Store price reduction, meaning you can now get to grips with the super-charged sequel for £2.99 / $4.99. Following on from the first episode, this retro-inspired sequel is all about recapturing the glory of Sonic's prestigious past. From a gameplay perspective, this means taking things back to basics: traditional side-scrolling action, with a strong emphasis on speed.
Cloud storage service Dropbox now boasts some useful new options to help you back up your mobile media while you're out and about. Instead of manually selecting files and uploading them in batches, Dropbox users can opt to automatically upload any pictures or videos captured on their mobile device. Then, once you've beamed your media files to the cloud, you can easily browse your uploaded content via the new Gallery view.
Good news for magic-loving muggles: both instalments of the LEGO Harry Potter game series have been reduced to £1.99 / $2.99 for a limited time. Both games feature the kind of light-hearted platform fun that LEGO fans have come to expect, and include hundreds of beloved characters, stacks of collectibles, and a healthy collection of leaderboards to tackle.
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.
Noteworthy changes to the iPad Quality Index charts
Dealing itself straight into this week's iPad Qi Top 10 is enchanting deck-building sequel Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013.
Bringing the immensely successful card game series up to date (and slightly into the future, actually), this edition from Wizards of the Coast introduces the all-new Planechase multiplayer feature.
By drawing Plane cards, you can alter the rules of the game universe, making constant tactical readjustments necessary and keeping everyone involved on their toes.
Of course, the classic Magic Online mode will allow you to trade cards and compete against other players as always. And with ten decks to unlock, there's more than enough spell-casting fun to keep your mana flowing for an age.
Gamezebo's reviewer was immediately enthralled by Magic 2013, and assures iPad owners that picking it up is "something of a no-brainer".
Meanwhile, streaking silently across the rooftops and into this week's iPad Qi chart is oriental endless-runner GoNinja.
Before your master died, he left you with a momentous task to complete: defeat the demon army responsible for his demise and avenge his death.
The problem is, there are 50,000 possessed samurai between you and spiritual equilibrium. The solution: draw your katana, start sprinting, and don't stop till you're the last ninja standing.
Luckily, there are a host of lethal special abilities to help you on your quest, and even the option to smash through walls and catch your foes unawares.
The folks over at TouchMyApps thought GoNinja deserved an honourable mention, deeming it a "solid example of what the genre is all about".
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some shadows to vanish into.