This week, February 20-27, Angry Birds, which just enjoyed its 250th non-consecutive day at the top of the charts, was dethroned by a new app in town going by the name of Tiny Wings. The $0.99 game was awarded 4.5 stars and the Editor's Choice badge by 148Apps earlier this week. "This game ... an absolute must-have" writes Carter Dotson, who applauds everything from the aesthetics to the music within the one-man developed game.
Tiny Wings wasn't the only application to take the 148Apps Editor's Choice badge this week. PlayFirst's Egg vs. Chicken, also awarded 4.5 stars, was awarded the badge based on its excellent replay value and personal amusement. "It’s cute, it’s easy to play and it entices you into playing for much much longer than you’d envisage," writes Jennifer Allen.
Starfront: Collision was the final recipient of the badge this week. Unlike Tiny Wings and Egg vs. Chicken, this Gameloft-developed masterpiece is a real-time strategy game that puts your battlefield skills to the test with action, organization and forward-thinking. "Everything works well, the controls are tight, the story is surprisingly captivating, and the battles actually seem like battles, not chores" writes Chris Hall. "The bottom line is that if you like the RTS genre, you’ll probably like Starfront."
In other news, with the Major League Baseball season just around the corner, MLB At Bat 2011 is now available to purchase and download on the App Store for $14.99. The application allows for live streaming of games to your iOS devices you own a subscription to MLB.tv, and provides breaking news, schedules and interactive rosters and player stats for every team. As an early incentive to buy, batter-by-batter action is included in every Spring Training game.
Developers from across the board and putting their profits together to help fund a cause to support the Christchurch quake victims. The New Zealand region was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake earlier this week, leaving at least 65 dead. Profits earned from a number of applications will go straight to the appeal. The altruism continues elsewhere, with developer Halfbrick, creator of Fruit Ninja, partnering with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to sponsor an orchard (author's note: how apt!) "Halfbrick has committed to sponsoring a fully functioning orchard in a low-income Native American community as part of FTPF’s Reservation Preservation program" reads the official press release. "The harvests will not only provide fresh, healthy sustenance but also income for the long-term benefit of the tribe."
Finally, Favorite 4 has taken a step into the kitchen this week, and episode 73 of The Portable Podcast is now available to download. This week, host Carter Dotson and co-host Blake Grundman talk to guest Alex Kuptsov of Fireflame Games, creator of Dungeon Raid.