When originally announced, we didn't know if the Tiny Wings release due for today was an update to the original or a whole new app. Turns out Andreas Illiger, the developer of Tiny Wings decided to do both and update the current app as a way to say thanks to the people who purchased the game in the past as well as release a whole new app. A note from Andreas:
Hi Tiny Wings fans! The long-awaited Tiny Wings 2 is finally done! I’ve put a lot of love into creating this major update, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. You’ll be getting a completely new game mode with 15 hand-crafted levels, a whole flock of baby birds, fish, and other surprises! And here’s the best part: Tiny Wings 2 is a free update, as a thank-you to my loyal fans (and because I don’t particularly like in-app purchases). :)
Thanks, and have fun!
So let's talk about what's new! Of course the first thing you will notice is that the app fully supports Retina devices. It looks amazing -- the new detail on the art is lush giving it nice paper/watercolor look. An effect that didn't really come through well in the non-retina version. In addition to that, we'll be getting a new version for the iPad with an additional multiplayer mode.
For the small screen version, in addition to the Retina version of the current endless mode, we also get a new "Flight School" mode. In this mode you choose one of four birds to fly through 15 hand-crafted levels. In these levels you race against the other three birds which are computer controlled. A couple additional elements are added to this mode, the flower and water. The flower usually sits at the top of a hill and gives you a nice bounce. The water on the other hand resides in the valleys and really slows you down. You can see a quick demo of the mode here:
For the iPad version, a third mode is added that lets two players race against each other in a split screen mode. There are two different play modes in this multiplayer setup. Take a look at the video below to see how it plays.
One of the great options added for this is automatic handicapping. The computer will automatically delay the winner on the next round based on an average of how much time they have been beating the loser by. This will, hopefully, balance out players skill levels and make it more fun for all.
Full iCloud syncing is supported so that if you have the small screen and the iPad version your progress will maintain across those devices.
The update to the iPhone / iPod touch version should be showing up at any time. The iPad / HD app is also available.