[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone site FingerGaming's top news and reviews for Apple's nascent -- and increasingly exciting -- portable games platform, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Mathew Kumar and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming covers the announcement ngmoco's upcoming life sim GodFinger
and the debut of the Apple much-anticipated iPad.
Also in the round-up is an impressive new figure for Flight Control
sales, the top free and paid App store games for the week by sales volume, and follow-on discussion about a game's unexpected iPhone App Store removal.
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Apple Reveals New iPad Tablet Device Compatible with Most App Store Games
"In terms of gaming, the iPad will be able to play almost every title currently available in the iTunes App Store, either at its original resolution in a small 1:1 window, or at full screen with pixel doubling."
- Flight Control Sells Over Two Million Units
"According to data released by developer Firemint, Flight Control
sold its first million in its first three months of release, with an additional sales spike occurring in June after a content-expanding update."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Rock Band Takes On Chinatown Wars
"Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
tops App Store sales across all categories for the second week in a row. EA’s iPhone version of Rock Band
moves up to second place following the recent release of a free demo version."
- Firemint, Stand Alone Inc. Announce Upcoming iPad Support
"iPhone application developer Firemint announced that its upcoming App Store lineup will take advantage of Apple’s just-announced iPad hardware, with an updated version of its multi-million-selling Flight Control
currently in development."
- Top Free Game App Downloads: Rock Band Takes Top Honors
"A free trial version of EA’s music simulation title Rock Band
earns the top spot in today’s free app chart, with a recently released demo of Call of Duty: World at War Zombies
taking second place."
- Lionhead Veterans Form Wonderland Software, Announce GodFinger For Ngmoco
’s gameplay involves strategic flooding and terraforming in order to create fertile land. A similar core mechanic was featured in the classic PC sim title Populous
, developed by current Lionhead designer Peter Molyneux."
- Free Promotional Game Waterslide Extreme Reaches 10 Million Downloads
"Designed to promote UK credit company Barclaycard, Waterslide Extreme
earned more than two million downloads in its first week of release, and topped Apple’s free app charts in 19 countries."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps: Chinatown Wars Overtakes Bejeweled 2
stay at the top of the paid app charts for the second week in a row, but both titles face new competition from Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
, which enters today’s rankings at third place."
- StoneLoops Dev 'Still Looking' for App Store Solution Amid Further Removals
"Codeminion developer Maciej Biedrzycki says he is 'still looking' for a way to bring the popular color-matching puzzler StoneLoops! of Jurassica
back to the App Store following its removal at the request of Luxor