[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 Louise Yang and Jonathan Glover.]
This week, FingerGaming covers recent releases like Romance of the Three Kingdoms
and Big Buck Hunter Pro
, and interviews Leisure Suit Larry
and Cyberjoke 3000
creator Al Lowe.
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- Koei Releases Romance of the Three Kingdoms Touch for iPhone
"Romance of the Three Kingdoms Touch
features all the depth and complexity that defined all previous entries in the classic strategy series, and Koei has included a tutorial mode to ease new players into the experience."
- Top-Grossing Game Apps: Rock Band Takes #1 for Second Week Running
leads the top-grossing app charts for the second week in a row, outselling all competing titles. Bejeweled 2
again finishes at second place, while Tetris
climbs up from seventh place to take third in today's rankings."
- Interview: Cyberjoke 3000's Al Lowe
"Recent years have seen Lowe doing what he does best: being funny. With the recent release of Cyberjoke 3000
, bringing his popular mailing list to the iPhone, we couldn't turn down the chance to chat with him about the platform and what he's been up to."
- iPhone Oddities: The Mysterious Eggs
"Curiously, each 'new' version of the oft-cloned Eggs
is written by a different author, yet it features the exact same gameplay (and often, the exact same graphics) as the numerous clones that came before it."
- StoneLoops! of Jurassica Removed from App Store Following Luxor Publisher Complaint
"StoneLoops! of Jurassica
, one of the iPhone's most popular puzzlers, has allegedly been removed from the App Store following a complaint from Luxor
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
"Firemint's Volkswagen-sponsored Real Racing GTI
finishes as today's top free download. A limited-time free release for Rat on the Run
places second, as a points promotion for iMobsters
comes in at third."
- Review: Railroad Madness
"The little flourishes make all the difference and perhaps Railroad Madness
would be more at home on something like Kongregate, as it is a mess in the confines of the iPhone's tiny screen."
- Tap-Fu Developer Details 90% iPhone Piracy Rate
"Independent developer Smells Like Donkey has revealed piracy rates for its recently released iPhone brawler Tap-Fu
. In its first week of release, more than 90% of Tap-Fu
users were playing a pirated version of the game."
- iShoot Developer Reveals Kim Rhode's Outdoor Shooting
"Nicholas's first title, the artillery combat sim iShoot
, has earned more than one million dollars in sales to date. Nicholas hopes to repeat iShoot
's success with his next game, the hunting sim Kim Rhode's Outdoor Shooting
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for October 26th
"Tap Tap Revenge 3
again lead the App Store's paid app charts, while newcomer Stick-Fu
closes in at third place."
- Barroom Hunting Sim Big Buck Hunter Pro Comes to the iPhone
"An iPhone adaptation of 'the world's #1 arcade hunting game,' Big Buck Hunter Pro
comes to the App Store boasting a simple touch-to-shoot gameplay mechanic aimed at casual players."