Apple opens new Indie Games section, throwing spotlight on two Kiwi apps
Apple has opened a new "indie games" section of its iOS App Store, spotlighting two Kiwi apps in the process.
The "Celebrating Indie Games" section of the App Store for iPhones and iPads launched for New Zealand, Australia and the United States on Thursday night.
It includes a top 25 indie games list, which features New Zealand's Mini Metro alongside worldwide hits like Monument Valley and Threes!
Wellington-based twins Peter and Robert Curry built Mini Metro in 2013 as a PC game called "Mind The Gap". It challenges users to design the most efficient subway system across a range of constantly growing cities, including Paris, New York, Melbourne - and Auckland.
"We put Auckland in as a joke almost," said Peter Curry.
"We felt like we have to have some kind of New Zealand representation, even it was entirely hypothetical."
Curry said he was honoured their app was besides so many other great games.
"It's very humbling to be up alongside these amazing quite venerable stalwarts. Especially because we've only been on iOS since October. It's humbling to be selected by Apple as something that represents what they see as the best of indie games."
It was too early to see how big of a bump the feature would bring to sales of their $7.50 game, but Curry said other times Apple had spotlit their game they saw surge in popularity.
The twins are working on updates to the game and a "quite different" project.
New Zealand game Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary is also in the section.