[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad site FingerGaming's top news and reviews for Apple's nascent portable game platforms, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Tucker Dean, Jason Johnson, and Ryan Hibbeler.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Angry Birds Seasons, Pac-Mania
, and Rock Band Reloaded,
among other notable releases.
Also within are the lists for top-grossing and most-downloaded free and paid apps from Apple's store, as well as a review for Square Enix's Voice Fantasy
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: FarmVille Takes On Discounted EA Titles
surges up to third place in today’s chart, challenging reigning sales leaders Angry Birds
and Smurfs’ Village
. EA also emerges as a top earner this week thanks to Black Friday discounts for Madden NFL 11, Tetris
, and Monopoly
- Angry Birds Halloween Becomes Angry Birds Seasons, Featuring 25 Christmas Levels
"25 new levels are available for free, with one new stage being released daily until Christmas. Angry Birds Seasons
also includes all levels previously bundled with Angry Birds Halloween
, along with a selection of Game Center achievements."
- Review: Voice Fantasy
"Voice Fantasy not only encourages you to intermingle with potential partners, but it does so in the dorkiest way imaginable: by asking them to play an RPG with you."
- EA and Harmonix Launch Rock Band Reloaded for iPhone and iPad
"In addition to offering a new setlist of playable songs, Rock Band Reloaded
introduces a vocal recognition feature, allowing players to sing into an attached or built-in microphone in order to be judged on pitch and timing."
- Top iPad Game Apps: Angry Birds Seasons, Rock Band Reloaded Enter Charts
"Angry Birds Seasons HD
brings a boost in popularity for Angry Birds HD
, which outsells Halfbrick’s Fruit Ninja HD
and Chillingo’s Cut the Rope HD
in today’s rankings."
- Korean Action-RPG Heroes Lore III Arrives Stateside
"Like Gamevil’s Zenonia
games, Heroes Lore III
is an overhead-view swords-and-sorcery game that emphasizes exploration and item collection."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: EA Wins Big on Black Friday
"A round of Black Friday price drops pushes several Electronic Arts-published titles back into chart range, with Madden NFL 11, Tetris, Monopoly, The Sims 3 Ambitions
, and Scrabble
reporting increased sales in today’s results."
- Namco’s Pac-Mania Premieres for iOS
"Originally released in arcades in 1987, Namco's Pac-Mania
introduced a new isometric perspective to the classic Pac-Man formula, and gave Pac-Man the ability to jump over his foes."
- Eyemaze’s Free Dwarf Complete Arrives in App Store
"Originally released to promote NCSoft’s MMORPG Lineage II
, the Eyezmaze-developed Dwarf Complete
quickly became a popular game in its own right, earning more than five million plays since its initial release."