Tiny Wings still flying high on App Store

The cloud-soaring game is circling high above Angry Birds these days on the App Store. Can a first-time app creator keep it up?

Are you playing Tiny Wings more than Angry Birds these days? Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

You may want to remember the name Andreas Illiger. He's the sole creator of Tiny Wings , a simple yet addictive iOS game that's exploding on the charts. In fact, the bird-jumping game is so popular that it's dethroned Angry Birds from the top of the paid-apps list on Apple's App Store--for several weeks now. Angry Birds had dominantly held the top spot for many months before Wings took flight last month.

Illiger, a first-time App Store author, says on his Web site that he's "overwhelmed" at the incredible reception to his 99-cent game, in which players use one finger to help their winged character fly into the clouds (with the help of the hilly terrain) before nightfall. The German developer's Twitter page mentions an update coming soon that fixes a variety of issues: push notification (SMS, battery, etc.) crashing; sounds disappearing; iPod multitasking playback snags; and timing issues that may arise during the three-jump fever mode.

Game Center, iPad, and Retina display support are in the works, according to Illiger's site. There's also brief mention of a downloadable content update in the future. Unfortunately, it appears Android and other versions of Little Wings are not currently in development.

This game really has the opportunity to be the next big hit based on its meteoric rise in popularity, cool style, and quick gameplay. I admit that I'm a fan; my personal best score is a paltry 147,900 (with 24x multiplier), which is nothing compared with the 275k scores and beyond in the Openfeint high-score list.

Hopefully I'll learn how to fly one of these days.

 

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