It really has to have been a crazy last few days for Andreas Illiger, the developer of Tiny Wings [99¢]. His first iOS game hasn’t even been out for a full week yet, and it was just two days ago that we gave it a glowing 5 star review and have basically been glued to it since. Over these past two days, the buzz surrounding Tiny Wings has been swelling like an epic tidal wave. It’s all anybody has been talking about on Twitter, it’s been one of the busiest discussion threads in our forums, and every iOS toting device owner I’ve run into in real life I’ve recommended the game to.

For having zero marketing, Tiny Wings has been doing some incredible things in the top paid charts in the US App Store. It’s been steadily climbing the last couple of days, and I was floored when I looked up and noticed that it had broken into the top 25 of total paid apps. It didn’t stop there, though, and shortly thereafter broke the top 10. I was genuinely amazed by this, but it still kept climbing. For most of yesterday it spent a lot of time in both the 3rd and 2nd top positions, dethroning top 3 mainstay Fruit Ninja and pushing past the incredibly popular Camera+ app.

And then it happened. The unthinkable. Tiny Wings took the top spot from the King of the App Store charts for nearly a year, Angry Birds. Many members in our forums were confident that this would happen eventually, and some felt that it could never be done, despite how good Tiny Wings was. It just didn't have the brand recognition or marketing muscle to push it to the very top. It has happened though, and for one of the most unique, fun, and beautiful games I’ve played in a long time I think it's well deserved.

This isn’t the first time Angry Birds has been knocked off the top, as several different games or apps have bumped it from its position over the past year. But usually it’s a short-lived victory, as within just a few days Angry Birds is right back at #1. We’ll have to see how long Tiny Wings can maintain it’s #1 status, but surely there has never been such an unknown IP with no marketing campaign whatsoever that’s risen in popularity as fast as Tiny Wings has.

Based on our review, the positive words of everybody who plays it, and this very article you’re reading right now, it should go without saying that you need to pick up Tiny Wings if you haven't already.

  • http://twitter.com/dizietembless Paul Downs

    It looks a bit like Solipskier which was/is very enjoyable. How does it contrast in terms of gameplay?

    • amroc

      It's a lovely game, although I personally thought Solipskier was greatly superior. But then I guess they're not really similar. Gameplay wise it has more in common with iCopter.

    • anonymous

      It is 99 cents what are you waiting for????

  • EastsideStompers

    Strangely, when I played for the objective 'reach Island 5 with screen flipped', I found I played better! Anybody else find that?

    Anyway, great game. There always seems to be a little motive here or there to keep going. Currently it's to try and reach 100000. I'm on 91500 now. Today's triumph was to reach Island 7....finally!

    I'm personally not sure it has the lasting value of AB though.

    • EastsideStompers

      Mission accomplished....116000: )

  • http://twitter.com/Quantum_Sheep Quantum Sheep

    Fantastic little game, made with big love. Brilliant and well deserved! :D

  • http://twitter.com/FunkyVisions Doug Davies

    Nice game. And it goes to show you don't even have to know how to spell in your description to do well.

    • Guest

      That was a cheap shot. Enjoy those sour grapes.

    • Blueknight1st

      What is this obsession almost everyone seems to have?

      • Blueknight1st

        What I meant to say was "What is up with this obsession almost everyone seems to have with spelling?". I can't go anywhere on the internet without someone belittling someone else over their spelling.

      • csddavies

        Obsession about spelling? It just seems that in this day and age of automatic spell checking (even my browser tells me) that it would be easy enough to take 1 pass at the text that is going to be seen by millions and correct the word 'beautiful'. It just conveys a professionalism about your product. I realize people are from other countries, that's why I think it's even doubly as important to spell and grammar check. I think in this era of 140 character tweets that people have gotten lazy about spelling.

  • http://twitter.com/FrancescoPoli Francesco Poli

    It's #1 in Italy, too. Really interested now...

  • JCGaga

    **** angry birds.

  • TheTheory

    I'm loving this game. It's just a feel-good experience. Looks good, plays well, and offers nice achievements to work on. Two thumbs up from me!

  • andrzej raczynski

    the trailer alone wore me out on the game. but whatever, to each their own, if something like doodle jump can be a big hit, so could anything else i suppose.

    • amroc

      Have to agree. It's a nice game, and it deserves to do well, but so do quite a few other games I can think of that didn't do so well. It seems to me that people too readily applaud what turns out to popular, just for being popular.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        I don't totally agree with this. I reviewed it and absolutely loved it before it had placed high on the charts. I had no idea it would end up being so popular, I just enjoyed it because it was so charming and fun.

  • Anonymous

    I'll buy it just to keep Angry Birds out of the #1 slot. So tired of hearing about that game.

    • JCGaga

      Same here...the devs think it's bigger than it really is.

      • Anonymous

        I think you'll find it's just big. You'd have to be pretty stupid to blame the developers for making a successful game. If you want to point fingers, point them at the outside media who fail to notice any game other than the ones in the top ten list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=581599010 David Luchetti

    yay for Andreas!! i hope he can develop games full time now! what a great story for him! great game too, all my friends are obsessed with it.

  • Emmanuel

    Adorable game, very well done!

  • br1an

    Too bad their iTunes page is crammed with thousands of fake, repetitive, 5-star reviews. Company must have payed for a review-posting service. It's a shame because the game has potential to be more than a fun, short-lived, somewhat shallow experience.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      lol. Conspiracy theorists always make me laugh. Or maybe there's just thousands of people who feel it's a five star game, which is also the reason it's #1 right now? But I'm sure that would be too rational of an explanation for you.

      • br1an

        Um... sure. Nice try. Just read the reviews. They're copy-pasted, word-for-word, multiple times throughout the game's page. And somehow it's received more reviews in less than 24hrs than Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds Seasons, Doodle Jump, Bejewelled 2, Slice It, UNO, NBA Jam have managed to get their entire time in the App Store? Whatever, friend-o.

      • bomber

        Those games got updated 2-3 days ago, the review count is reset with each update. In iTunes on desktop you can see the total number of reviews, which is much higher for the other games.

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        What app store are you in? In the US store I just looked at 20+ pages of reviews, both from the very oldest ones and the newest ones, and didn't find one single review that was the same as any other.

    • FeelingScammed

      I totally agree with br1an. I hate conspiracy theories, however it seems very obvious to me that the majority of the reviews absolutely have to be fakes. I saw many repeated reviews and the others are so over the top exaggerating praise that they can't possibly be real. I bought this app biased on all of the glowing "reviews" it received, but quickly after playing it I knew I had been had. If you take a closer look at the reviews it is pretty obvious that they must be fake. It wouldn't be the first time a company used employees or hire a PR company to bring attention to their product. I just want my .99 cents back!!

  • Sneeza

    It's number one in the UK now too! Congratulations, Andreas!

  • Kontactseth

    Neogaf says this a clone of a game called wavespark. This game clearly has more shine though.

    • Republican

      NeoGAF is prone to overreaction. Wavespark was not the first game like this. In fact, someone on the forums posted a vid of a game before wavespark's time that was awfully similar.

      And Tiny Wings has a lot of things besides just a nice paint job that make it better. The whining over this game's success is ridiculous.

  • Jozefx

    So, top two games are now copies of older Flash games, heh : Yes, Tiny Wings is a complete ripoff of Wavespark. Still, a great, fun polished game, and damn well better than angry birds with its infinite trial and error gameplay.

  • ultimo

    Go Baby, Go!

    Er, I mean... Stay there! :D

  • Hego

    im wating for a lite version before buying..

    • Bjjhjvjhj

      Buy the game. It's just a buck.

      • Hego

        I bought pocket god because of all the hype around it, didn't like it at all. Don't want to make the same mistake again.

  • http://twitter.com/juannacho john denton

    $1?! Don't be so tight ;P

  • http://twitter.com/juannacho john denton

    oops doubled...

  • Wortek

    It's "BIRDS" again! How ironical.

  • meh

    This game is straight up fun. Downloaded on a whim and love it.

  • Feeling Scammed

    I totally agree with br1an. I hate conspiracy theories, however it seems very obvious to me that the majority of the reviews absolutely have to be fakes. I saw many repeated reviews and the others are so over the top exaggerating praise that they can't possibly be real. I bought this app biased on all of the glowing "reviews" it received, but quickly after playing it I knew I had been had. If you take a closer look at the reviews it is pretty obvious that they must be fake. It wouldn't be the first time a company used employees or hire a PR company to bring attention to their product. I just want my .99 cents back!!

  • dongliang28

    great game!
    i think it would be top paid 1 for a while~