[Every week, Gamasutra rounds 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 reviews Disney's arcade puzzler Breakspin
, and highlights recent releases like Magical Drop Touch, Madden NFL 10
and Blades of Fury
Here are the top stories from the last seven days:
- iPhone Version of Madden NFL 10 Premieres in App Store
"EA Sports announced the release of the iPhone and iPod Touch version of Madden NFL 10
, which boasts a platform-specific control scheme and a full roster of NFL teams and players."
- Apple Reveals Third-Generation iPod Touch with OpenGL ES 2.0 Support
"Like the iPhone 3GS, Apple claims that third-generation iPod Touch devices will load and run applications up to 50 percent faster than the current second-generation hardware. New iPod Touch devices will also feature support for OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics API, which allows for speedier framerates and richer graphics in downloadable games and applications."
- Gameloft Releases SoulCalibur-Like 3D Fighter Blades of Fury
"With Blades of Fury
, Gameloft attempts to solve potential control issues with an interesting control setup. A virtual analog stick controls player movement, while various types of screen swipes determine which attacks are used."
- Top Free Game App Downloads for the Week
trumps last week's chart champion Boxed In
, as a demo version of the recently released platformer Mr. AahH!!
takes third in today's free app rankings."
- Review: Breakspin
"This fast-paced arcade game from Disney is as fun as it is enjoyable to look at -- for the first ten levels. After that, each level feels like the next."
- G-mode Brings Classic Puzzler Magical Drop Touch to iPhone
"G-mode brings one of Data East's most popular franchises to the iPhone with the release of Magical Drop Touch
, a competitive and frantic color-matching puzzler."
- Top-Selling Paid Game Apps for the Week
leads App Store software sales for the second week running, while the Diner Dash
spinoff Cooking Dash
moves up a spot to take second."
- Taito's Arkanoid Debuts in App Store
"The iPhone version of Arkanoid
is a new entry in Taito's classic brick-breaking franchise, and features a slide-based control scheme, 100 levels, and a two-player versus mode playable on a single iPhone or iPod Touch."
- Bolt Creative: Over 50% of Pocket God Players Own an iPod Touch
"Bolt Creative notes that iPod Touch users typically account for an average of 30% of sales for other applications, and claims that Pocket God
has attracted twice as many iPod Touch users as the majority of games available in the iTunes App Store."