As we mentioned last week the update was free for those who already purchased Tiny Wings before. Normally, a developer won’t spend a year working on an update of this magnitude and not release it as a separate app (i.e., Tiny Wings 2). The catch is that Tiny Wings is so awesome on the iPhone that you’ll want to buy the $2.99 HD version for the iPad which features split screen multiplayer on the same device.
The substantial Tiny Wings update introduces Chapter 2 and four new birds to pick from. Currently, I’m playing as Peck and the goal is to beat my feathered friends to the end of each hilly level. The sooner you get there the bigger the fish you get.
What makes Tiny Wings so re-addictive is the aspect of competition. The new levels are simple enough in their design (although new elements like water and trampoline flowers are introduced), but racing against the other “flightless” birds in hopes of being the first to arrive at the nest is challenging. Getting the top score for an island is no easy task.
Another feature of the game is the background music. I usually play iOS games on the go with the iPhone on vibrate so I didn’t notice the music until I put my headphones in the other day. The contrast between the cutthroat race and the soothing, quiet, innocent sound of the theme music could not be more drastic. It kind of made me laugh.
Overall Tiny Wings is a great game, good for extended play or burning a few minutes waiting for the bus (which I do often). However, one feature I’d like to see added is the ability to egg the other wee little birds as they try to pass you or as you “fly” overhead. Maybe that will be a knock off app, Tiny War Birds.
What type of games do you play most? What is one thing you’d change about your favorite game?