Aussie Dev Defiant’s Ski Safari Is Currently Going Gangbusters On The App Store

Aussie Dev Defiant’s Ski Safari Is Currently Going Gangbusters On The App Store

Kotaku readers might be familiar with Defiant Development, the Australian studio working on Warco, the first person “shooter” where a video camera is your only weapon. Before Warco, Defiant pushed out a casual mobile title called Rocket Bunnies, which saw moderate success, but I doubt it prepared the studio for the heights its latest game, Ski Safari, has reached in Apple’s App Store.

According to intelligence and marketing service App Annie, Ski Safari is the #1 paid app in three countries — Australia, New Zealand and France — and in the top five in the United States. Not an easy feat for a legitimate app. How long it stays in the upper rungs of the App Store is anyone’s guess, but by simply being in the top 25, it will enjoy significant popularity in the short term.

To this day, getting into (and staying) in the top 25 is undocumented alchemy at best, though Australian studios like Halfbrick and Firemint seem to understand the fundamentals. Who knows, we might shortly be adding Defiant to that list as well.


  • I have played this game before on PC but I dont know where, I think the Flash in a Flash unity competition, I had no clue this was them, the game is awesome fun. Easily pumped 30 minutes in one sitting. Still waiting on Warco, that is by far a one of the most interesting concepts going around.

  • I really enjoyed this game, but it’s a bit sad that there’s no real endgame once you get all the achievements. Starting with the sled is cool, but it would’ve been good to add further challenges.

  • im on the last acheivement (i assume its the last acheivement for everyone) Taxi eagles for 1000 metres. Driving me MENTAL

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