[Every week, Gamasutra sums up sister iPhone and iPad site FingerGaming's top news and reviews for Apple's systems, as written by editor in chief Danny Cowan and authors Tucker Dean, Jason Johnson, and Ryan Hibbeler.]
This week, FingerGaming covers Back to the Future, Jet Set Willy
, and The Blocks Cometh
, among other notable titles.
Also within are the lists for top-grossing, most-downloaded free and paid Apps from Apple's store, along with reviews for Minotaur Rescue
and Scarlett and the Spark of Life
Here are the top stories from the last week:
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: NBA Jam, Angry Birds Lead iPhone Charts
"EA’s NBA Jam
continues to reap the benefits of being named Apple’s iPhone Game of the Week, and ranks behind Angry Birds
as today’s second-highest grossing iOS game app."
- Review: Minotaur Rescue
"Survival Mode is where Minotaur Rescue
changes from a game I like and appreciate on a conceptual level into an addiction that has me compulsively jamming the replay button as hours unfurl in what seems like minutes. Survival Mode is where Minotaur Rescue
- Telltale Launches First Back to the Future Episode for iPad
"Telltale’s debut episode offers a continuation of the events in the Back to the Future film trilogy. While enjoying his new life in the 1980s, Marty McFly suddenly encounters the thought-to-be destroyed DeLorean time machine, and sets out on a quest to save Doc Brown."
- iOS Games Sweep 7th Annual International Mobile Gaming Awards
"Organizers of the International Mobile Gaming Awards have announced the winners of its seventh annual event, with App Store standouts like Plants vs. Zombies
and Infinity Blade
claiming top honors in this year’s competition."
- Top iPad Game Apps: Newcomer Pirates vs. Everything Climbs Charts
"PAN Vision’s Angry Birds
clone Pirates vs. Ninjas Etc.
claims third place in today’s paid iPad games chart following a drop in price to 99 cents. Angry Birds HD
reclaims the top spot, meanwhile, pushing former chart champion World of Goo HD
to second place."
- Official The Blocks Cometh Debuts for iOS
"After being ripped off in its entirety by an unscrupulous App Store developer earlier this year, the clone version of The Blocks Cometh
has been removed from the App Store, and Halfbot itself has replaced it with an upgraded port."
- Review: Scarlett and the Spark of Life – Scarlett Adventures Episode 1
"The artists and designers at Launching Pad have crafted a quaint comedy — both in the traditional and modern sense of the word. It’s imbued with wet and dry humor. The characters are likable; a few are cringeworthy. It’s lighthearted, and it has a happy ending."
- Top iPhone Game Apps: NBA Jam, JellyCar 3 See Big First-Week Sales
"Angry Birds Seasons
climbs up to second place in iPhone game sales this week, boosted by a Valentine’s Day-themed update. Fruit Ninja
continues to see strong sales at third place, as Cut the Rope
remains a popular favorite at fourth."
- Elite Brings ZX Spectrum Classic Jet Set Willy to App Store
"Continuing its mission to promote and preserve the ’80s-era ZX Spectrum 8-bit home computer, Elite Systems has launched an iOS adaptation of one of the system’s defining titles: the exploration-based platformer Jet Set Willy