I chose Tiny Wings as one of favorite iOS games from 2011. It’s so good, in fact, that almost 18 months after I first downloaded it, I still play it on a regular basis. It’s the perfect “pick up and play” game that you can jump into anytime, anywhere, when you need to kill some time. And in version 2.0, Tiny Wings is even better.
Andreas Illiger, the game’s creator, teased Tiny Wings 2.0 in early July, and last night the free update came to the App Store. In addition to crisp, high-resolution graphics for devices with a Retina display, this update brings a whole new game mode called Flight School.
In Flight School, you can practice your flying as much as you like with one of four birds, racing against your siblings in an effort to be the first to reach the end of the island; the winner receives the fattest fish at the end. There are 15 levels in Flight School — all of which are brand new and hand-crafted from scratch — with more to come later.
Furthermore, Tiny Wings is finally available on the iPad — though this is a separate app priced at $2.99 — and if you own both titles, you can sync your progress via iCloud. This is one of my favorite features in the new update, because it means you no longer need to work to achieve high scores on both devices. Break your record on your iPhone on the bus home from work, and your new score will automatically appear on your iPad, too.
If you aren’t already a Tiny Wings player, you’re missing out, and now is a perfect time to start.