Overglide 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

I should have suffixed the headline with “no jailbreak required” for added punch. Yes, Overglide for the iPhone and iPad indeed is a tiny game that you play within iOS 8’s Notification Center and right on the Lock screen, even while your iOS device is locked.

This cave flyer has you piloting a paper plane as far as possible while dodging the obstacles, and it even comes with Game Center leaderboards and achievements.

How’s that possible? Read on or grab Overglide for 99 cents in the App Store and see for yourself.

“You can quickly access Overglide from the today screen or lock screen to easily try and beat your top score anytime,” developer AA Matter noted in release notes accompanying the download.

The main app serves as a settings interface where you can choose your preferred backdrop (Transparent, Black and Blue Skies) and blocks (Silver, Green and Wood). From here, you can also share your score via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS.

Before you can run the game, you must first enable it by tapping on “Edit” at the bottom of your Today view in the Notification Center. Once enabled, Overglide will be just a swipe away in the Today section of the Notification Center and on the Lock screen.

As native apps cannot really run on the Lock screen or within the Notification Center (unless you jailbreak), Overglide is basically an iOS 8 widget disguised as a game.

Because it runs in a very limited sandbox and can’t access the full set of APIs, Overglide is very simplified in terms of graphics, feature set and execution. For example, widgets can only register touch events and swipes and don’t support keyboard entry.

Overglidećs simplified controls actually turns these limitations into its advantage: touch and hold to glide up and release to fly down. While not the type of game one would normally expect on iOS, Overglide serves as a technology showcase that illustrates what’s possible on Apple’s mobile platform with a little bit of imagination.

I’m more puzzled that Apple’s App Store reviewers have approved Overglide.

Overglide 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

According to Apple’s documentation for developers, Today widgets should be quick, simple, limited and highlight “the information users are interested in,” a description this game does not fit in.

  • Bjones331

    I’m still on jailbreak 7.0.4 I can’t get this game

    • ✌️

      You should upgrade now don’t you think ?

      • Straw hat

        Too late ios 8.1 signing is closed. So if he updates it’ll be 8.1.1.

      • EekFuk

        No, the 8.1.1 beta signing window

      • Bjones331

        My phone operates good how it is no need to upgrade in my eyes

      • benny001

        Then you cant play this game :/

      • jaysoncopes

        Shame. You’ll be stuck in iOS 7 while all the cool people around you will be jailbroken in iOS 8. You’ll just have to wait a couple generations, I guess.

      • EekFuk

        That’s fine. But if you ever think that you might want to enjoy some of the features of iOS 8 like custom keyboards, interactive notifications, and all plus all the iOS 8 only jailbreak tweaks you have to make up your mind now. There is no time to waste.

      • Bulletproofx

        I just had my iphone 6 replaced today. It came installed with 8.0.
        I just did an update and now have a brand new jailbroken iphone 6 on 8.1.

    • Andrew

      Update to 8.1 as soon as you can. Even iOS 8 beta 1 is better than 7.0.x.

      • Bjones331

        What’s so different about it?

      • Andrew

        7.0.x is the buggiest beta iOS I’ve ever used. Yes you heard right; for me 7.0.x is a beta for me, it has so many bugs. even 8.0 beta 1 is better.

      • Bjones331

        My phone works just fine with no issues

      • Andrew

        If you were on 7.1.x you’d see that the whole OS was an issue…

  • Chris

    Apparently I have to pay more just because I live in Australia, I’ll pass.

    • Phil Randle

      You don’t pay more, the developers get the same amount of money, the extra cost is the conversion rate.

      • Guest

        Except it’s always more than the actual conversion rate. Even the highlighted areas where the Australian dollar was worth more than USD, Apple was charging the same or more.

      • BoardDWorld

        It seems unfair but it’s just part of the deal. Exchange rates fluctuate throughout the year & governments have different taxes. I guess Apple just pin it above a threshold where they might loose out.

      • This is exactly what they do. Since exchange rates fluctuate Apple has a set price for each currency and completely ignores current exchange rates. For example since I live in the UK no matter what the exchange rate is a $0.99 game will always cost me £0.69.

      • Chris

        I’ve bought plenty of games and apps for $0.99 AUD, someone is being greedy with this game.

      • Byron C Mayes

        You were fortunate enough to buy when the conversion rate was in your favor. It’s not now. Oh well.

        When an Aussie $0.99 AUD game hits the US stores, I can’t pay less than $0.99 USD even though the conversion rate says it should be about $0.86 USD.

        That’s just how it works. That’s just how all of this works.

      • RarestName

        United States = $0.99

        Australia = $1.12 ($1.29)

        Britain = $1.09 (£0.69)

        France = $1.11 (0,89 €)

        Japan = $0.87 (¥100)

        Malaysia = $0.99 (USD 0.99)

        Singapore = $1.02 (S$ 1.28)

  • TwinSon

    If this anything like the helicopter game I used to play in high school, serious amounts of time/productivity are about to be wasted.

  • sriram varadarajulu

    Bye bye battery

  • Hex

    Removed from AppStore in 3…2…1….

  • Steve Norris

    Mine says “unable to load” on iPad air and my iPhone 6 (?) anybody else’s???

    • Der Faust

      same here…..”unable to load” 🙁

  • JustMeJip2

    this is a TELEGRAM GAME?

  • Firedomain

    Wow…. I don’t know what’s more amazing….
    The fact that this ‘game’ made it to the AppStore, or the fact that this article was just posted about it….
    Stop wasting my time iDB :p
    (Keep the ‘news’ coming!)

    • Byron C Mayes

      That you both read it AND took time to post a comment about it is more amazing than either of those.

      • Firedomain

        Haha, true

  • Rupinder

    How does this affect battery life?

  • GadgetQueenn

    Just no.

  • Byron C Mayes

    I would think my current score would fit “the information users are interested in,” if I played the game regularly. I’m going to by this just for the novelty.

  • Der Faust

    the developer’s name is “AA Mather” 🙂