Little “Tiny Wings” review

Company: Andreas Illiger
Version: 1.1.3
Size: 10.2 MB
Platform: Optimized for iPhone/iPodTouch (2x mode for iPad)
Price: $0.99

The gameplay is very simple, you control a little birdie who’s wings are way too small for him/her to sustain flight on its own. You have to use gravity to help the bird gain speed and “fly” through the air. You tap and hold the screen to have the bird fold in its wings and drop to the ground. The strategy is to time the landing to land on a slope, and use gravity

Tiny Wings free flight

and your momentum to propel you farther on the next take off.

There are two different flight modes… You can fly normally, or you can fly in “fever mode.”  Fever mode is activated when you have 3 consecutive “perfect” jumps.  A jump is considered a “perfect” jump or “great slide” when you time the landing on a downward slope, and take off on the next hill.  In fever mode you get more points when traveling across the screen, have a great slide, touch the clouds, or collect coins.  In fever mode, you generally also fly through the stages faster, and thus can get farther before the end of the “day.”

As mentioned above you score points by traveling through the “islands,” getting great slides, touching clouds, and collecting coins.  You also get multipliers depending on what “level” you’re on.  To complete a level, you need to satisfy each of 3 different random missions which can entail being in fever mode for a set time or distance, collecting coins, touching clouds, reaching a certain island, getting so many great slides, etc.

Tiny Wings Coins

Tiny Wings Getting Tiny Coins

The game is very addictive, though at times it can get quite frustrating and hard to beat a particular objective.  If you find a set of islands particularly hard, just wait a day.  The islands you play on will randomize every day (real time).  Each day you play the game the islands will have different colors, lengths, heights, and different hill layouts.

Overall, this game keeps me very engaged, and I find myself playing whenever I have 5 – 10 minutes to kill.   Very well worth the $0.99!

Not so “Tiny Tower”

Company: NimbleBit LLC
Version: 1.5.1
Size: 13.5 MB
Platform: Optimized for iPhone/iPodTouch (2x mode for iPad)
Price: Free

This is a very simple, yet extremely addictive game.  The basic idea is to build a tower as large as you can get it.  There are no limitations on the size, or the number of floors you can have.

Tiny Tower Game Mechanics
There are two basic floor types, commercial floor (coin generating) and residential (employee generating).  Each residential floor can have up to a max of 5 residents.  These residents are given jobs to do on your commercial floors.  Commercial floors can have a maximum of 3 employees, but can be run with as few as 1 employee.

Commercial floors belong to one of five types of commerce; Food, Service, Recreation, Restaurante an Creative.  Each of these types is given a color for ease of identification. Each commercial shop/store has a unique name, again so you can find a specific one (more on that later).

Residents/Employees all have a skill level 0 – 9 for each of the 5 commercial floor types.  In addition, each resident/employee has a dream job they would like to one day have.  Placing an employee in a shop where their skill level is 4 or less, will result in an unhappy employee, placing them in a shop where their skill is 5 or above will yield an indifferent employee, but the higher the skill the more money you will save when restocking the floorwith merchandise.  If you place a resident in their dream job, they will give you 2x the normal stock for the price of one.

From time to time, you will have the ability to fairy people from the main lobby, on the ground floor to one of the floors in your tower that the person requests.  Doing so will give you coins (coin value is 2x the floor number they requested, so floor 14 will pay you 28 coins).  Occasionally, a rider will tip you a tower bux for the ride.

Randomly, you will be asked to find a specific person in the tower, this will always yield you a tower bux, so I highly recommend you complete these.

Rarely, you will have VIPs that will enter the elevator.  These people almost always help you in a big way.  You can have a construction worker (will take 3

hours off the construction time of a new floor), Celebrity (will temporarily increase the traffic to a commercial floor), Real Estate Agent (will move residents into any/all available spots in a residential floor), Big Spender (will buy out all of a single item on a commercial floor). Delivery Person (will take 3 hours off any restocking on a floor).

Hints & TIps
It’s it a very good idea to get all your floor types in one area for when you need to search for your Bitizens… To go along with this, you should also change the shirt color of your employees to match their floor business type.  This way if you need to find someone of the food type.  Their little search picture will show you that they are wearing a green shirt…. You can then go to the section of your tower that has your green type businesses…. If you’re building everything evenly, then on a 100 floor tower, you should only really need to search 10 or so floors to find the person you’re looking for…. Occasionally your bitizen will be on an apartment floor, but these are rare and pretty easy to search through.

If you’re looking to make tower bux easily, you should plan on trying to play for a stretch at a time.  You should get a number of elevator requests to take bitizens to floors, and if you’re lucky these bitizens will tip you.  Also, you should have a number of requests to search for people… using the technique above you should be able to knock out about 40 – 60 bux per hour.

If you’re looking to make coins, and only check in to your tower from time to time (once or twice a day). Fill all your businesses with 3 employees and concentrate on stocking the 3 coin items first, followed by the 2 coin items… This way you can get the best return on your time.  If you have max number of bitizens in their dream job on the floor, they will give you x2 the number of normal stock for the same price!

More often than not, it’s NOT worth upgrading the stock capacity of a floor for the 3 bux.