Future game developers, it might be a good idea to make sure the main character in your upcoming game has feathers. Currently in the US App Store, 4 of the 5 overall top paid apps are games featuring some type of bird. The newest of these titles, and the game that has recently toppled Angry Birds Rio [99¢/Lite] at the #1 spot, is Gamevil’s Air Penguin [99¢].

It’s not hard to see why either, as Air Penguin contains all the elements that can make for a successful game. It has adorable graphics, dead simple gameplay, and an engaging scoring system that ensures you’ll keep coming back for more.

Global warming has caused the glaciers to break apart into pieces in Antarctica where Air Penguin lives. Your job is to direct him across the scattered pieces of ice in an effort to reunite him with his separated family members.

This portly penguin will bounce high into the air and you control his direction by tilting your device, trying to bounce safely along each chunk of ice. Breaking up all the bouncing gameplay is a turtle which you can land on and control for a quick ride through the ocean, and some segments have you landing on a long sheet of ice and literally skating along while avoiding seals and holes in the ice.

Each of the 100 levels in Story mode have 5 golden fish which can be collected along the way, and these can also be used to purchase special items to help you in your journey. These items include things like making seals smaller and easier to avoid, covering the gaps in the ice while you're skating, or giving you a second chance after you’ve fallen into the water. Besides collecting the gold fish to use as currency while you play, you can also get more via IAP if you’re running low and need to buy some assistance.

Scoring is cumulative across all the Story mode levels, with an added bonus that grows based on how many levels you complete in succession without dying. There is also a Survival mode which gives you a randomly generated endless level to see how long you can last, and Game Center is integrated to track high scores across both modes and unlock achievements.

I’m not usually a big fan of tilt-only games, but Air Penguin definitely does it right. The tilting is extremely accurate, so it makes completing acrobatic leaps of faith a joy rather than frustrating. The tilt sensitivity can also be adjusted to your liking, and Air Penguin is the perfect game to pop into when you have a few minutes to kill here and there. Of course it’s also extremely easy to get sucked in and play for great lengths of time trying to perfect scores and collect every fish, which is another hallmark of a good game.

I can definitely recommend checking out the newest bird-themed sensation to hit the App Store, as I’ve been having a pretty great time with Air Penguin so far and players in our forums are enjoying it as well.

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  • Solidsnake

    "casual"?! .. omg... casual COPY of "Penguin Adventure" & "Antartic Adventure" from KONAMI...

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

      Wait a minute, are you telling me that developers take similar ideas and themes from previously made games and expand upon them to create their own new and improved games decades later?

      Shocking. Somebody should alert the authorities.

    • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

      ok so my thoughts make sense... look at these bashers usernames - "Solidsnake", "antartic adventure COPY", "Verysh*tgames-gamevil"...

      either they are konami staff developing this game themselves or REALLY annoying fan boys...

  • http://twitter.com/triggywiggy Jack cooksey

    Looks pretty cool, Tons of levels and re playability by the looks of it,

    Looks like i will be adding another game to my all ready HUGE collection, ehhhhhh

    • first generation (and last)

      are you the programmer of that shit?...

    • Veryshitgames-gamevil

      ... you talk in thruth?!... you think I am a other nerd buy Angry Bird or that fuckSHIT!

      • metalcasket

        I have absolutely no idea what this is even supposed to mean, but I like it! :P

  • Anonymous

    Pssh. Penguins are like 10% birds.

    • Anonymous

      ...and 90% awesome!

      • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

        indeed, penguins are funny... i wish there were more duck games though...

      • EastsideStompers

        Any creature prepared to balance an egg on the heals of its feet for 2 months non-stop in the bitter cold has my respect: )

  • Gregory Godin

    Looks great I think!
    Exactly the kind of game that can be a hit on the appstore.
    Simple, cute, fun.

    • antartic adventure COPY

      Exactly the kind of COPY!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSzQI1Raf0s

      • Anders Cold

        I think it looks more like Super Oswald for the Amiga: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfAHoKY3HOM

      • Gregory Godin

        Yes, doodle jump and/or angry bird aren't copys too ...
        Yes the gameplay is not completely original but the realisation seems good, and it totally fits the kind of game that can be in the top chart.
        And most of all the titles (iPhone, console, ...) are using known mechanics at some degrees and are copying each others.

  • TRUE

    This page supports the shameless imitators, for me is no longer a prestigious publication, in addition to censorship to be told ... bad for you and very bad for GameEvil, bad ideas and poor developers who think we are fools ... READ THIS PAGE NO MORE AND LESS buy a blatant imitation of ANTARTIC ADVENTURE (KONAMI)

    • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

      wow why people are bashing it like it was the "1st" game to copy another's idea?!

      look at App store... tell me ONE SINGLE ORIGINAL game that came out of nowhere, with not a single reference to another game that previously got released at some point in time.

      i'm suspecting all these "konami" defenders are their own staff, and they probably want to release it [Antartic Adventures] on app store but found they got cut in the front by gamevil...

      • TRUE2

        tu no seras tonto no? AHIRU NAKAMURA DEVELOPER OF SHITPENGUIN?

      • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

        no, i am no developer as anyone around should have known (as you are likely the 1st time visitor around here just to bash this game)

        and ya, my point still stands, can you show some brains and tell us a single non-copied game on app store?! no??
        but sure you can spell "SH*TPENGUIN" right?

      • TRUE2

        shut out .. and buy you own program, I´M NOT BUY A ABSOLUTE COPY ahiru shitmura

      • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

        ok so you work for konami right? who cares... point out an original game on app store that is not a copy, until then my point still stands...
        and no need to call me names, why are you doing this? cause i found your konami identity? cause i found that you are getting $$$ to bash this game here?? don't forget the game is your target, not me... i'm just a TouchArcade reader...

      • TRUE2

        if you think I am a developer of konami you are a fool, if you think I am get $$$ for bash this game you fool, I you talk more you fool, if you do any... FOOL, PLEASE BUY THIS GAME AND FOOLPARTY WITH YOUR FRIEND IF YOU HAVE!, POORFOOL BUY ADD ANGRY BIRD IS A OTHER FOOLGAME FOOL AND LOSER! MY TARGET ARE THE FOOLS NO THE BADGAMES OF SHITGAMEVIL FOOOOOOL BUY AND SHUTOUT.. reader of touchballsarcade... FOOOOOL

      • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

        wow, make yourself a favor and learn english before posting nonsense sentences here... why are you so mad?! because all i said is true and you haven't done anything to prove your point here? go home, no one cares for what you think here, done with this.

      • TRUE2

        menos tu completo gilipollas aprende español pedazo de imbecil, y si ahi alguien interesado en lo que digo TU completo imbecil, perdedor, comprador de imitaciones, absoluto y completo mongolo! compra angry bird y compra al puto pinguino volador imitado por tus amigos americanos con menos cerebro que una mierda, absoluto gilipollas

      • Anonymous

        This is an English-speaking website bro.

        Oh, and we don't have to speak Spanish to know you're just trolling now.

      • TRUE2

        This is an English-speking and imitators website brooooooo.

      • Anonymous

        No no no, I said English speaking. SPEAKING.

        No one's heard of speking, presumably it's some kind of foreign cuisine.

      • Anonymous

        Let it go dude, he doesn't have a clue about the evolution of games.

        ...or music/film/literature either presumably. They all expand and improve upon existing ideas.

      • TRUE2

        MidianGTX & Ahiru Nakamura just married ! fools BUY BUY SHITGAMES

      • Anonymous

        Nobody cares what you say and nobody agrees with you. Find a corner, curl up and cry.

        If you were actually correct in what you say, you'd be able to say it without sounding like a pathetic little child who's just had his candy stolen by his older sister. When you talk like an idiot you just help prove that your opinion is complete bull.

      • TRUE

        its true... Im going to a corner (buhbuhh...) and cry...of laughing!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSzQI1Raf0s
        see and BUY A COPY!! AND REMEMBER BUY ANGRY BIRD 3000 please.. your mind only have this price 0,99€
        oh! my sister VERY OLDER AND GAGA!!!

    • Anonymous

      Dont let the door hit you on the way out.

  • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

    looks awesome, and i heard from gamevil it hit the 1st paid game on US app store...

  • Tkg

    this is a copy for one of the stages in Pac man for PS2

  • http://profiles.google.com/karl.thoroddsen Karl Thoroddsen

    Similar to my game Ball Bros:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWZAPbnWNSo

  • Jaison

    can anyone tell me if it's full screen on the iPad?? i hate when a game says it's for iphone, touch and ipad but is a tiny screen on my ipad!!

    • Guest

      who cares whiner

    • Kathy

      Yes, full screen on ipad

  • Hollyhills323

    I'm totally addicted and clearly not the only one - ha! 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vxC_U_Za8Y

  • Leah Kozlowski

    Who cares if they updated the Konami game or not?  I personally think it's an honor to the original game, which someone obviously had respect for and didn't think it should be lost.  I like Air Penguin and I'm glad they brought this classic to Android and iOS.

Air Penguin Reviewed by Jared Nelson on . Rating: 4