Apple opens new Indie Games section, throwing spotlight on two Kiwi apps

A screenshot of Mini Metro.
Supplied

A screenshot of Mini Metro.

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!

Peter and Robert Curry.
Supplied

Peter and Robert Curry.

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.

READ MORE:
Kiwi Gaming inventors steam ahead
* One theme, 50 gamers and 48 hours to create the next Mini Metro

"We put Auckland in as a joke almost," said Peter Curry.

A hypothetical metro map for Auckland from the game.
Supplied

A hypothetical metro map for Auckland from the game.

"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. 

Ad Feedback

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.

 - Stuff

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Ad Feedback