[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone and iPad 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 Tucker Dean, Jason Johnson, Ryan Hibbeler, and Mike Rose.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Monkey Island 2: Special Edition
and Villain LLC's online multiplayer FPS Archetype
, along with an update for Taito's popular shooter Space Invaders Infinity Gene
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, as well as reviews for LandFormer
and Pro Zombie Soccer
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Multiplayer First-Person Shooter Archetype Debuts in App Store
"App Store newcomer Villain LLC has launched Archetype
, a multiplayer-only first-person shooter featuring a variety of gameplay modes, including online five-on-five team deathmatches."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Doodle God, Archetype Sell Big on iPhone
"JoyBits' puzzler Doodle God
and Villain LLC's Archetype
make strong impressions in this week's iPhone sales chart, though neither title can match the continuing success of Clickgamer's reigning chart leader Angry Birds
- Review: LandFormer
"The game is best when it's played one level at a time when you have a few minutes to kill, but for those few minutes, you can turn down the volume on everything else and consider the landscape in front of you."
- New on iPad: Wallace & Gromit, Osmos
"Telltale Games brings its point-and-click adventure title Wallace & Gromit: The Last Resort
to the iPad this week, while Hemisphere debuts in the App Store with its acclaimed puzzler Osmos
- LucasArts Launches Monkey Island 2: Special Edition for iPhone and iPad
"The Special Edition of Monkey Island 2
features an overhauled control scheme to make the experience more intuitive. Another optional feature highlights items and background details that serve as points of interaction."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: Doodle God Ranks High in Debut Week
"JoyBits' element-combining puzzler Doodle God
debuts as the App Store's second-best selling iPhone game this week, overtaking Doodle Jump and rivaling reigning chart champ Angry Birds."
- Review: Pro Zombie Soccer
"It's the occasional touch of absurdity that, in the end, swings my opinion of Pro Zombie Soccer from meh
. It evokes just enough curiosity in the workmanlike mechanics to keep them from becoming day-by-day."
- Fruit Ninja Sells One Million, Halfbrick Announces iPad Version
"Australia-based developer Halfbrick Studios announced that its hit iPhone title Fruit Ninja
has now sold more than one million copies worldwide. The company also revealed that an iPad version is in the works."
- Top iPad Game Apps: 99-Cent Gameloft Titles Unseat Angry Birds
"Gameloft steals the top chart spot away from Clickgamer's Angry Birds HD
with its price-dropped brain training title Brain Challenge HD
, as the company's sports sims Real Soccer 2010 HD
and NFL 2010 HD
also see chart success."
- Next Space Invaders Infinity Gene Update Features Horizontal Mode, DLC Theme Packs
"Taito has released its next Space Invaders Infinity Gene
update, introducing a horizontal gameplay option and a number of downloadable theme packs featuring ships borrowed from classic Taito arcade games."