Tiny Wings took the App Store by storm last year, climbing to the top of the paid charts and hanging out there for a long, long time. After one content update, the game went quiet, and while it made many Game of the Year lists – including ours – the game slipped from our collective conscience with all the other great titles being released this year. But Andreas Illiger didn’t forget about Tiny Wings, releasing a major 2.0 update this week, and debuting a beautiful new Tiny Wings HD for the iPad.
First off, Tiny Wings 2.0 and Tiny Wings HD are optimized for the Retina display – a subtle, but gorgeous change. The watercolor landscapes are more vibrant, looking remarkably sharp in high-resolution, without losing the hand-drawn style that made it so appealing in the first place.
In terms of content, the biggest addition is the brand new Flight School mode, a series of races taking across various island segments. After selecting one of four new adorable birds, players are thrown into a race against three computer opponents to the finish line where Mom waits to regurgitate up some awesome gold-colored fish to the winner.
With new Flight School leaderboards and gold medals to collect with each bird, there’s a whole lot of new gameplay to enjoy in Tiny Wings’ second chapter. And people who spring for the new iPad version will get even more replay out of the new, iPad-exclusive third chapter called ‘Hill Party’, which is a same-screen multiplayer mode for two people to enjoy.
With Tiny Wings 2.0, Andreas Illiger brought us all back to a game some might’ve forgotten they loved in the first place. But by adding new modes, new Retina-ready landscapes – and don’t forget the night runs in Flight School – and multiplayer to the iPad, Tiny Wings isn’t going to be leaving anyone’s iOS device anytime soon.