Apple’s Free App of the Week: Wide Sky

This is a special week with a special app coming directly from the App Store for free. It is a game, Wide Sky, designed by Marcus Eckert. The game aims to familiarize users with hedgehogs and their lives by getting users to train their hedgehog to become the tiny, fiscally responsible acrobats we know and love.

Wide Sky

For a marine mammal, the hedgehog spends a disconcerting amount of time on land. What do they want, what are they up to?

Hedgehogs are troubled spirits, and yet, they never fail to entertain the masses with their acrobatic feats. Many people don’t know, however, that hedgehogs aren’t born this way. Hedgehogs need to be trained and molded into the tiny, fiscally responsible acrobats we know and love.

That’s where you come in.

Train your hedgehog in more than 40 challenges and keep his cunning mind from veering. We will give you a sensible amount of ropes (11) and 6 special powers, like the ability to deploy a parachute, control the wind or summon a vortex. Your challenges will change with the nature of those powers.

So, crash those orbs as fast as you can, collect those stars and keep track of your performance with built-in stats. We will even let you tweak the rope physics, because we’re not just accomplished scientists, we’re also human.

You might encounter detailed animation along the way. But don’t fall for it. It’s designed to fool you into empathy.

Wide Sky is designed for both iPhone and iPad and requires iPhone 3G or later running iOS 4.3 or later. The game is regularly priced at $0.99, but this week the Wide Sky is available for free.

Click here to download Wide Sky while it’s free for the week.