While there are a few examples of games that work really great in portrait mode on the iPhone 5, not a whole lot has been updated yet to make use of the super-wide landscape mode. We were talking behind the scenes about how this is going to do wonders for the endless runner genre as you're going to be able to see that much more coming at you.

It turns out, Jetpack Joyride [Free] has gotten even better with the iPhone 5 update, as that extra fraction of a second being able to see just a little bit more of the obstacles coming at you seems to make a bit of a difference. Sure, it could all be in my head, but, whatever. Jetpack Joyride is a fantastic free game that you should have anyway, but if you're just unboxing your iPhone 5 today make sure you give it a try.

What'll be interesting is to see whether or not this actually has an impact on leader boards. If it does, I wonder how soon we'll start seeing a split between iPhone 4-era screen scores and iPhone 5 scores?

  • http://twitter.com/raulriera Raul Riera

    Too bad the game is broken on iOS 6

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

       How so? Can you elaborate?

      • http://twitter.com/raulriera Raul Riera

        The app crashes on launch (you can check the "replies" section of the @halfbrick twitter account to see lots of people having the same problem

  • http://twitter.com/nheagy Nate Heagy

    Zack Gage debated separate leaderboards for SpellTower. In the end he chose to group the iPhone 5 with the iPad.

  • JesusBro

    I got an update for this game this morning
    and it said the game would run on ios6 fine

  • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

    One of my favorite games of all time!  We are working on a JPJR derivative right now.  The wider screen does give a bit of an unfair advantage to iPhone 5 players--a game like this is all about split second reaction time.  Eventually the game moves so fast that even if you instantly react to a obstacle your guy won't fall/fly-up fast enough to dodge it.  The wide screen changes this up.  For a game like this I think having split leaderboards is a good idea--one for old phones and one for the wider screens.  Its only fair.

  • Kafu

    Is sufficient to shift the main character a little bit to right, so to maintain the same distance between the character and the right side if the screen.
    BTW the wider screen will have an impact on other games (eg our game).

  • Illuminerdy

    I feel in love with Tiny Tower again on this phone. Perhaps an honorable mention?

    • Anonymous

      Tiny Tower is a game?

      Not sure how because its not like your choices in it actually effect anything

      • Illuminerdy

        Your choices affect the efficiency and speed with which you can build your tower. It is only a non-game if you treat it as such, ignoring stocking alerts, etc. I love both games, so not sure what the argument is here.

  • http://profiles.google.com/fleshman1992 Laszlo Tuss

    iP5 users should choose between the two resolutions, with the old, letterboxed resolution they can compare to normal users, while with the new resolution they can only compare with iPad users ( they should have latterboxed mode also) and 4" users.
    That should be fair