The mighty Angry Birds has been toppled from its perch by another high flying game called Tiny Wings (okay we will stop using puns now). The game was actually released last week and has made a rapid climb up the charts until it hit the top today.
The 2D platform is much like old school games like sonic the hedgehog in appearance and is based around a bird who can’t fly because, yep you guessed it, the bird has tiny wings. You start off on your nest and then you slip and slide down a hill and up and over others gaining momentum as you progress throughout the level.
As the bird ‘flies’ higher the screen zooms out and then as it returns to earth the screen zooms back in to focus on the bird, it’s a nice touch. At the end of an ‘island’ the bird will fly higher than before and land you slap bang on a new island to face a new challenge.
The interface is simple but effective and you can play the whole game with one touch, that’s how Angry Birds does it and it worked out pretty well for them – Tiny Wings uses it in a different way for the same addictive affect. One inclusion that is fairly new is ‘procedural generated graphics’ which changes the look of the game everyday.
The game has seemingly been designed by a single person, assuming the developers website and game description is correct – a refreshing change to the large developers who have untold resources at their disposal.
Andreas Illiger, the developer of Tiny Wings has already started working on the games first update and the official sales page promises Game Centre and OpenFeint support when it rolls out.
This is not the first time Angry Birds has lost its number one position and if past trends are anything to go by Tiny Wings could only be flying high for a short time, that was just one more ‘pun for the road’.
Have you purchased Tiny Wings yet? What do you make of it?