Zits & Giggles – the incredible climb to #1

Forget Apple’s foggy review process. The game, Zits & Giggles which debuted at 0.99$ has surreptitiously climbed to one of the most expensive App Store seats. A short visit to its App Store page will reveal that Zits and Giggles, like a parody movie, is more substance than it is joke. In this case, the substance is philosophical: developer Tommunism have hit a wall: the app isn’t selling any more. And with nothing to lose, they are raising the bar – Zits & Giggles’ current price of 239$ proves that the sky is the limit. Either that or Apple’s ban hammer will fall, forcing the app back down to its humble roots. Part of me cringes at the price, but another part is rooting Tommunism on; enough time and loose enough App Store rules will help Zits & Giggles break the ceiling set by I Am Rich. And if only a handful of customers buy, Tommunism’s experiment will go well; even without a single purchase, their app will continue the iconic climb to the top.

Go Tommunism go!

Zits & Giggles Tommunism, Zits & Giggles – $239.99

Nescaline NES emulator bypasses review rubbish, hits and misses App Store

Nescaline’s run at the App Store was short. According to MobileCrunch, the app rose and fell within 24 hours. Nescaline was the first Apple-approved commercial Nintendo Entertainment System emulator, and likely the last. Apple don’t ‘do’ machine emulators; not unless they can control each app’s content distribution and safely skirt patent issues. Nescaline does not, did not, and likely will not meet those restrictions and for that reason, was removed from the App Store. In the meantime, it has generated a bit of a buzz. Though it came without official NES games, users were able to point the app to an official app in order to play it and therefore, install copyrighted games. The good thing for gamers is that Apple’s slip ups have brought an official NES emulator for the handful of early downloaders. The bad news is that it is back out of the App Store. And Nintendo are not likely to relinquish rights to games which use its patents, especially with the iDevice hot on its heels.

You can find out all about the now-defunct Nescaline by visiting dev zdziarski’s webpage.

Apple robbed of Facebook dev – skinny 19 year old gets away


Not that we are taken with wild stories or anything, but this one is a quite a read. One of the App Store’s most respected devs, Joe Hewitt has quit the App Store because of Apple’s horrid review policies. His App Store claim to fame is the hugely popular Facebook app which has gone through numerous updates and is considered by many to be one of the most elegant apps out there. Love or hate the app, the man behind incessant friend updates is gone. You can read all about it at TechCrunch. But there is more…

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